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Comment by Butoh on January 17, 2015 at 6:49am

After successful presentation during Butoh Festival Berlin, Butoh Channel Berlin presents 4-day Afro-Butoh workshop with Tebby W.T. Ramasike

Journey of the Spiritual Dancing Body” 

19-22 February 2015, Berlin

19-20 February, 13.30 - 17.30

21-22 February, 11.00 - 15.00 
/total 16 hours/

Studio 142 / Mariannenplatz 2 /Kunstquartier Bethanien/ 1st floor right, room 142 / 10997 Berlin

Butoh is an expressive contemporary dance created by Tatsumi Hijakata then developed together with Kazuo Ohno, in Japan in the 1950-1960s, known for its unconventional nature it addresses to the entire body.

African dance strives to provide a great reconciliation of the mind and body, thought and instinct, by freeing the gestures and letting go in the rhythm.

The spiritual journey of Butoh and African dance - Afro-Butoh, is a process that leads us to search deep in ourselves, within our being, to discover and explore our latent qualities in the development of our personality - physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually.

Tebby W.T. RAMASIKE, a South African choreographer, dancer, dance teacher & researcher and cultural activist,  founder of  TeBogO Dance – TBO (dance ensemble), a member of World Dance Alliance -Europe and UNESCO's International Dance Council (CID). Full bio

More info find on and FB event page

The workshop is open to all interested in movement and self-exploration, at all levels.

Payment: 130 Euro/4 days (16 h). 

Drop-in 37 Euro/1 day (4 h), if there' s a free place.

The amount of participants is limited. 

Registration: org(at)

Dancing bodies, join for this thrilling journey!

Comment by Butoh on December 4, 2014 at 5:38am

Winter comes and brings us joyful workshop of Yumiko Yoshioka.
Make yourself a nice Christmas present!

Body Resonance Workshop, based on Butoh and Organic Movement 

18-21 December/ 12:30-6.00 pm/ Berlin, Eden Studios, Breite Strasse 43

The main focus of this workshop is a concious research of our body/mind/soul unification, so we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorfosis through the spirit of dance.

Through a continuous exploration of our past collective memories, we can strike a vein of abundant creative resources, enriching the essence of our life.

The body is a receptacle of time.

Body resonance is a key to open up the doors of ever-changing world inside and outside of us, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble.

Everything is in resonance with each other.
Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe.

A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.

Workshop Content:
*release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), 
Taichi and Yoga breathing exercises
*dynamic training for the flow of energy
*Butoh-related work to activate our universal memories
(sensitization, combination of image and movement with antenna exercises such as figure of 8, water ball, animal, insect, snake, witch and fairy, the creatures inside us, hanging body, walking, dialogue with a partner etc)
*structured improvisation, free association

Contact and more info on workshops of Yumiko Yoshioka around the world you find on her website

Comment by Butoh on October 29, 2014 at 10:43pm

In the frames of Butoh Festival Berlin

Workshop platform 

22-23 November 2014

It’s a challenge for those who passionately pursue the highest reward – the metamorphosis to a “danced body”. 

2 intense days, 12 hours, 6 teachers… and myriads of worlds and realities to live through your body, mind and soul. Shifting from one  guide to another, tense to loose, finally to be lost in who we are and to find the dance without dancer.

November 22

10:00-12:00  “SKIN … LIFE … SOUL!” Afro-Butoh with Tebby Ramasike (South Africa)  

Tebby gives a workshop just a week before at Butoh festival in Barcelona. So in addition to Afro-Butoh he brings us sunny spanish vibes and warm greetings from our friends in Barcelona. Wonderful!

12:30-14:30  “Take a Butohk” with Michiyasu Furutani (Japan)

15:20-17:20  “Body in Pages” with Yuko Kaseki (Japan)

November 23

10:00-12:00  “Body quakes” with Özlem Cosen (Germany)

12:30-14:30  “Nothingness in the Now” with Marina Epp (Germany)

15:20-17:20  Introduction to Seki Method by Minako Seki (Japan)

Detailed info:

Butoh Festival: Classes&Teachers

Comment by Tatwerk on September 26, 2014 at 1:13pm


Performance Project

Is the body a product of society or does the body construct our social life and roles in society? In this laboratory we will approach the body as a repository and at the same time as a joint frame of social experiences, routines, production and patterns.

(DIS)positioned is a performance project that will take place over the course of three months. Inspired by the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and his concept of the Habitus, we will research positions in social space through our bodies. How are social structures written in our bodies and therefore our minds? What structures inhabit us without our minds and souls realizing it? Is there a way to become aware of them? Can we position ourselves away from our daily lives, habits, opinions, beliefs and power systems? Can we decondition and recondition body patterns that have become part of our personality?

We are aware that our bodies are the products of society, but we want to create a deeper consciousness by adding the performative view and regarding the body as a generator of society through performance in daily life.

We want to experiment with reading in bodies, shaping bodies, rewriting on bodies, emptying bodies, training bodies, building connections between bodies and spaces, and much more.

The starting point for our performative research will be a physical training based on repetitions, principles and improvisations and the establishment of a shared perception among the group. From there we want to experiment with loops and moments of disruption to find our own corporal metaphors or embody the body/mind structures of others to explore ideas on a deeper level.

The group classes will be held once a week, and there will be weekly research assignments for participants to get into a more practical research mode, one related to everyday life. The project will culminate in a final presentation at the end of January.

Rosalin Hertrich & Kathrin Keusch

Starting: 17 October 2014
Register now!!

20:00 − 22:30

- Language: Deutsch + English
- Level: opent to all levels
- Physical intensity: middle


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Comment by Tatwerk on September 26, 2014 at 12:56pm


Einführung in die Trainingstechniken Suzuki und Viewpoints
Für Performer, Schauspieler und Tänzer

mit Marta Rosa und Martin Carnevali

4 − 5 Oktober 2014 

Das "Suzuki-Method Actor's Training" ist eine vom japanischen Regisseur Tadashi Suzuki und seiner Kompanie entwickelte Trainingstechnik, die auf klaren körperlichen Ausdruck, Tonus und Ausdauer abzielt.
Die Arbeitstechnik nutzt Formen aus dem No-und Kabuki-Theater, Martial Arts und klassischem Ballett, um dem Darsteller ständige körperliche und geistige Verfügbarkeit und Hingabe zu seiner darstellerischen Aufgabe zu ermöglichen. Auch als "Grammatik der Füße" bekannt, trainiert Suzuki in den einzelnen Formen (formalisierte Bewegungsabläufe, Gänge, Stampfen, skulpturale Bewegungsformen) vor allem den Kontakt des Künstlers mit dem Boden und einen nach außen gerichteten Fokus.

Viewpoints ist ein Wahrnehmungstraining und eine Improvisationstechnik, die die zwei wesentlichen Parameter, mit denen darstellende Künstler umgehen müssen − Zeit und Raum − aufschlüsselt und benennt und in ein Arbeitssystem überführt.
Die Technik ermöglicht dem einzelnen Künstler, vor allem aber einem Ensemble, nach gemeinsamen konkreten − und vor allem: konkret benennbaren Kriterien zu handeln. Schauspieler und Tänzer bekommen ein jederzeit verfügbares Instrumentarium zur Hand, das sich an äußeren Gegebenheiten orientiert und es dem Künstler ermöglicht, sich ununterbrochen zu seiner Umgebung ins Verhältnis zu setzen. Er trainiert dadurch nicht nur seine Wahrnehmung, sondern auch Flexibilität, Handlungs- und Kooperationsbereitschaft, sowie klaren körperlichen Ausdruck. Ursprünglich aus dem postmodernen Tanz stammend, hat die amerikanische Theatermacherin Anne Bogart Viewpoints für die Arbeit mit Schauspielern weiterentwickelt. 
Die beiden komplementären Techniken trainieren die Präsenz des Darstellers und seine Verbundenheit mit dem Augenblick und dem Ensemble.

Marta Rosa und Martin Carnevali
Sind Schauspieler. Sie haben mit Phillip Zarrilli, Ozfrank und Anne Bogart und der SITI Company gearbeitet.
* Martin Carnevali ist der Übersetzer von Anne Bogarts "The Viewpoints Book", das in Kürze auf Deutsch erscheinen wird.

4 − 5 Oktober 2014 
09:00 − 14:00


Comment by Adrien Gaumé on September 8, 2014 at 3:52am
Adrien Gaumé, nomadic choregrapher and butoka performer from La Clique des BAtifuls is glad to inform you that after tha Summer Impro-Butoh Academy last july, time has come to set tha next issue.

Tha Autumn Butoh-Impro Academy in Brussels at Garage 29!

Six days dedicated both to physical tuning and Butoh exploration for improvisers and performers.
through a combo of many improve methods from an international artistic crew of Performers and Visual Artists.

This event aimed at supporting any kind of participant in their own creativ process, therefore it's open to Puppeter, Comedian, Singer, Mime, Clown, Photographer, Dancer, Perfomer, Musician,...

And it's gonna be delivered like this :
Each afternoon from 2 PM to half past 3 PM, Impo Pulpe Butoh training by Adrien Gaumé, based on Do-In, Jinen Butoh, Yoga & Taï-Chi practice. This daily session will be very similar to the one he share all around Europe since sprin 2013.
Then, each afternoon, a different artist for a two hours and a half session of transmission.

At the end of each afternoon one full hour of guided improvisation work by both Adrien Gaumé and the teacher of tha day.

On friday 31 at 6 PM we'll open the gates to audience (free participation) in order to show some aspects of our Academy.

On saturday first at 8 PM with a 5 e. entrance, we'll set an Open Stage with both participants who wanna join it to present a short piece and artists from Brussels who may enjoy too to present a piece.

Then, at 10 PM, we'll cloture with an Impro Jam!

Fo further details, see contacts phone or write to
The participation fee is 240 euros by cash before startin' first day or 200 euros if you pay on bank account before mid october. 

The Academy will concern only 15 people, the first who will join!

We also launch the event through fb, so please, don't mind if we ask you not to hesitate to spread it around!

The earlier we achieve the logistic preparation of it, the earlier we may plan some steps further at this Academy (other seasons may happens...).

As a short trailer, you may enjoy that short video taken during tha SIBA :

Adrien Gaumé 0033637296906 / Céline Pagès : 0032483356647
Comment by Butoh on September 5, 2014 at 5:14am

8 day INTENSIVE LABORATORY "INFANT MELEE" with Yuko Kaseki (Berlin) and Valentin Tszin (Moscow)

Oct 30 - Nov 6, Berlin, Studio 44

All kinds of bodily challengers in the realm of the physical, the philosophical, and the professional are invited to take part in this exclusive and experimental movement & performance art laboratory, which will result in the creation of a performance. 

Valentin Tszin and Yuko Kaseki share their experience in creating performances and thus guide the attendees through an advanced exploration of bodies, movement, stillness, voice, silence, noise, inner and outer objects, interaction, playfulness, and moreover an understanding of light, space and costume design. 

Participants won't be given a methodology, but will be encouraged to break borders and to find their own authenticity and freedom within the frames of a style, an idea, a group work.

The polar difference between Kaseki and Tszin inevitably points at a confrontation of artistic worlds. Paradoxically they succeed in creating extraordinary collaborations. 
This is their second collaborative workshop.

A concrete performance idea will be developed together during the workshop. All participants, as well as Kaseki, Tszin, some invited dancers and special guest, the musician Kazuhisa Uchihashi (guitar, daxophone)  will take part in the performances. 


Valentin Tszin will focus on his method "Theatre of Radical Levels", which is based on a distinct division into five elements: orthodox, relative, illusive, iterative and naive. In contiguity with these five elements of natural artistry there occurs a positive conflict, which liberates the radicalism source of one's levels.

Yuko Kaseki's training is nurtured by Butoh method, blending with Noguchi Taiso and Tai Chi Dao-in. It aims to open an awareness of inner and outer world and to realize the permeable body. Original movement will be encountered in playful, elemental, collaborative improvisations with time and spaces to find ones own unique body, reality, and exposure.

Please send a short motivation letter, your CV and if available photo or video link of your artistic work to

Fee: 380 euro / 360 euro paid until October 15

The high intensity of the workshop requires strong wills and physical abilities of the participants. By the participation each person commits to the responsibility on providing steady engagement in all activities for the creation of the performance.

Yuko Kaseki 
Tel: 0176 23 22 16 51 

Click here for more information (biographies of the participating a...

Comment by Marc Naya Díaz on August 29, 2014 at 5:47am


Laboratory guided by Pere Sais and assisted by Marc Naya. From 11/09/2014 to 14/09/2014.

The laboratory will be based on several techniques from Jerzy Grotowski investigation and developed by Pere Sais and the research group Ars Performance Lab.

The workshop will focus in the exploration of the primary potentiality of the performer as a human being in action and it will be articulated in different elements/structures of work:

-"Dancing with the topography": walk/course around the country side/environment and adaptation to the ground

-Presence, watchful atention and perception channels.

-Circulation of the atention.

-Night vigils.

-Archaic forms of movement.

-Vibratory chants.
-Exercises "corporals".


The work will be developed in and out of the house, through the countryside. The program may be changed because of the weather or the specific dynamic of the group.

Limited number of participants: 8 persons.

Place: Ca la Cultura, Caseres.

Price: 180 € (food and residency included, transportation apart) We organize cars from Barcelona for those who travel from there (the cost of the trip Barcelona-Caseres and vice versa is around 16-20€)
Contact and registration:

To confirm your participation you have to send an email to the adress attached

You can find more information about Ars Performance Lab. and Ca la Cultura in the links attached below:

Ars Performance Lab.

Ca la Cultura

More Information on Facebook: Ars Performance Lab

Comment by Tatwerk on July 31, 2014 at 12:26pm


Butoh-based dance workshop
with Özlem Cosen

9 − 10 August 2014 



This workshop particularly addresses those who have the courage to challenge their body and mind. Butoh for me is inner movement, it is expressed differently by each individual and it seeks transformation through inner and outer processes.

This workshop wants to facilitate a physical and emotional transformation, personal and communal at the same time. Butoh-based exercises will be employed to lead the way to the unconscious with a possibility to get into unknown depths and conquer physical boundaries. The workshop intends to give particular tools at hand, not only for performing artists, to broaden our physical and also somewhat self-afflicted emotional limitations. We will release what needs to surface through bodily quakes. This inner movement is expressed through every particle of our being, our body, our voice...

For further information please feel free to get in touch with me. No previous dance experience necessary.


Body Quakes - Butoh-basierter Tanz-Workshop Dieser Workshop richtet sich an alle diejenigen, die den Mut haben, ihrem Körper und Geist Anderes abzuverlangen und die Lust haben, sich tiefergehenden, unerwarteten, abstrakten Ausdrucksformen zu stellen.

Für mich ist Butoh Bewegung von innen, die von jedem unterschiedlich ausgedrückt wird und die versucht, innere und äußere Prozesse zu transformieren.

Dieser Workshop soll eine physische und emotionale Transformation ermöglichen, die persönlich und gemeinschaftlich zugleich ist. Durch Butoh-basierte Übungen möchte ich uns einen Weg zum Unterbewussten ebnen, um so in ungeahnte Tiefen zu tauchen und gleichzeitig physische Grenzen zu sprengen. Mit den Übungen möchte ich uns wichtige Mittel an die Hand geben, um unsere körperlichen und emotionalen Engpässe zu überwinden. Hierbei entstehen sehr persönlich motivierte, intrinsische Bewegungsformen, die jeder individuell entdecken und erleben soll. Diese innere Bewegung wird mit jeder Faser unseres Seins, unseres Körpers, unserer Stimme ausgedrückt.

Für weitere Informationen wendet euch gerne an mich. Tanzerfahrung ist nicht erforderlich.


› Für alle Stufen geöffnet.   |   Workshop open to all levels.

9 − 10 August 2014 
10:00 − 13:00

30€ ermäßigt + Tatwerk students

- Language: English or Deutsch * Depending on participants / Die Kurssprache richtet sich nach den Teilnehmenden.
- Level: open to all levels
- Physical intensity: high

Body Quakes

Comment by Tatwerk on July 31, 2014 at 12:20pm


Dance Performance Workshop
by Nathalie Fari (atelier obra viva) & guest Teacher: Janin Walter

27 − 31 August 2014


In this workshop we want to investigate the current practices and various formats of site specific performances. During five days we want to enable moments of intensity and inquiry by using our everyday life and own body as a material. Therefore, we will explore different areas of Berlin, especially close to Tatwerk in Neukölln and create different forms of narration (scores, stories, or scripts) and action. Our main goal is to reflect and inquire on our understanding of how we can occupy, acquire, use, enliven and interpret a certain space in the city. How can we translate the experiences made in the public space into a performative language or singular action? What are the insights or results of such a kind of artistic production? are central questions for us. This workshop will look at these questions while working on a collaborative performance to be presented in public space on the last day.


› This workshop is open for students and professional artists from different backgrounds who are interested in working with the own body or in performance and site specfic art. Maximum number of participants are 12.

27 − 31 August 2014
12:00 − 18:00
› Total: 30 hours

230€   |   Normal registration
10% discount for students, unemployed and early registration until 15.08.2014
25% discount for Tatwerk students


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