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DAIPANbutoh Training: Feb. by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh

Embodying The Spirit: the body finds its way Taught by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh

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DAIPANbutoh Training: Feb. by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh
DAIPANbutoh Training: Feb. by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh

Time & Location

Feb 17, 2024, 11:00 AM – Feb 18, 2024, 4:00 PM

Seattle, 115 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

About the event

Embodying the Spirit: the body finds its way

Taught by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh

Feb 17 & 18, 2024, 11AM to 4PM

Location: Community Room, TK Artist Loft, 115 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA

This workshop is a process of erasing and re-experiencing the body through guided

improvisation largely inspired by nature imagery.

Experience training methods towards a supple body and mind and investigate aesthetics

common to butoh through creative explorations. ETS explores endless questions: What is life?

What is the human condition? What is the body? In this workshop we will focus on imagery

from the Earth Tomes Project, which has been performed in collaboration with local artists in

Germany, Italy, England, Norway, an upstate New York residency and in the NW in Seattle and

Port Townsend. Earth imagery – earth, trees, roots, stones – will be layered with explorations of

the elemental body (water, wind, etc.) as we celebrate the body as nature. Partner work will

facilitate participants’ individual and collective journeys. The workshop draws from Joan’s

training with Butoh Masters Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in Tokyo and her

background as a Tai Chi practitioner and professional gardener.

Bio:

Joan Laage (Kogut) studied under butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa and performed with

Ashikawa’s group Gnome in Japan in the late 80s and has enjoyed training with Atsushi Takenouchi for

many years. After settling in Seattle in 1990, she formed Dappin’ Butoh, a company known for its

appearances in Seattle’s fringe theater and dance festivals. Joan has performed and taught at national

and international butoh festivals including the Seattle and Salish Sea festivals. She was a featured artist

at the UCLA Butoh Symposium in May 2011 and has been an adjunct faculty at Cornish College of The

Arts (Seattle). She is featured in Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, And Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic

Dance and Global Alchemy by Sondra Horton Fraleigh and Tanya Calamoneri’s Butoh America. Her site-

specific “Wandering & Wondering” is an annual event at the Seattle Japanese and Kubota Gardens.

Photo by r. nihiline

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