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by dan maccarthy 


Interdisciplinary Arts / Dance of the Human Soul / Archaeology of Body Memories / Architecture of Body Shape

The meaning of IDEA GNOSIS can be traced back to the search of the insight, enlightenment, intuition, divine knowledge and cause of anything. The Interdisciplinary Arts entails learning about the world and human nature through the creative process. It links written, visual, media, butoh, dance, physical theater and performance arts, and explores meaning and potential arts, across diverse social and cultural settings. The main emphasis of the studio is the research of the creative potential of human’s body-and-mind using butoh philosophy, dance movement therapy approaches and contemporary dance theater techniques.

Participants of the studio are both established and emerging artists, students and professionals, representing different cultural and scientific fields. The studio produces interdisciplinary performances and site-specific works. It thrives on collaboration with foreign and local artists, organize body-work, body-voice workshops and summer camps for professional development.

Studio productions:

Performances “Skin Skin You My Black Crow” (2012), “Come In” (2010)

Street performance “Carnavalesque Walk” (2012)

Performance with etnho-percussionist band “Perkonviri” (2012)

Participation in performances “Sacred Dances of the Nigh” (2012), “Eyes Fluttering in My Knees” (2008)

Site-specific performances “ZIME. Purification” (2012), “Stone Seed for Israel” (2009), “Awakening” (2009), “Landscape of the Body” (2008), “Con-Jura-Tion” (2007)

Participation in the project of theatrical methods “Inside” (2006)

Butoh. Dance improvisation. Body awareness, exploring. Voice and movement. Authentic Movement. Asymmetry. Concentration. Border-situation. MA-empty space. Coordination. Contact. Composition. Imagination. Calligraphy and choreography. Deep relaxation. Expression. Spontaneity. Facial masks. Impulses... 

The studio has been established by an interdisciplinary artist and a certified dance movement therapist Simona Orinska in 2006. She is the leader and the director of the studio. Simona has studied butoh with renowned professionals (i.e., Yoshito Ohno, Dairakudakan Butoh Company, Yukio Waguri, Toshiharu Kasai, Tsuruyama ZULU Kinya, Ken Mai, Su-En, Kitt Johnson, Anita Saij, Joao Roberto de Souza). She has also studied Japanese traditional dance Nihon Buyo with masters from Hanayagi and Fujikage schools. She has been performing and giving workshops in Malaysia, Thailand, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Greece, Armenia, Lithuania and Latvia. She was rewarded with Year’s award in the category „For the Cultural Society Development” by Latvian Ministry of Culture. Simona is a board member of studio “Laboratory of Stage Arts”, “Latvian Dance Movement Therapy Association” and member of “Latvian Professional Contemporary Dance Choreographer's Association”.

More info: www.simonaorinska.info

mob: (+371) 29394500

Please, send your application (short CV and motivation letter) to e-mail: SimonaOrinska@inbox.lv. 

Number of participants are limited.

Please, if you have some questions, contact studio leader.  

„Butoh requires both getting off and present, which is difficult. It is necessary to be in a deep relaxation and trust in your body impulses. Sometimes I feel my body is like a thing under control of my mind. There is also thought it is necessary just to let it be, but it is difficult anyway.” 
/From participant reflections/




by Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh) 

USA, Seattle

February, 4 - 5, 2012 

12:00 p.m. - 15:00 p.m. 

Technical Youth Center "ANNAS-2"

          Photo:  Marco Zellman

Embodying The Spirit explores endless questions. What is life? What is the human condition? What is the body? How can we experience infinity within the body/mind? Reduction of the physical body and ego-self allowing fluidity and transformation are fundamental to Butoh. We will concentrate on the union of mind, body, and image within Butoh aesthetics through a process of simultaneously uncovering and creating the body. Recognizing the body as carrier of ancient history and the consciousness of our cellular body, we seek an interweaving and balancing of the universal and individual selves. The body is deconstructed to reveal the universal self and expose our primal roots through heightening the nature body after which the self is recreated in a revitalized journey of individuation.

Workshop Structure

The workshop structure includes exercises and exploration of physical body, elemental body, and ethereal body, and ends in free improvisation. Group and partner work will facilitate participant’s individual and collective journeys.

Part I: Physical body -- Yoga and vigorous exercises to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body.

Part II: Elemental body -- Reduce awareness of physical body to reawaken cellular memory and elemental forces which are fundamental to the body. Breath and sound exercises to heighten awareness and flow of chi (energy). Explore the body as empty sack (breath/air, water, etc).

Part III: Ethereal body – Transcend ordinary space and time. Experience the journey from multi-layered image to movement, the embodiment of imagery towards continual transformation of the body. Awaken infinity in the body.

Part IV: Free improvisation.

Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh)

Joan Laage has performed under the name Kogut Butoh since living in Krakow, Poland from 2004-2006. She studied under Butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in Japan and performed in Ashikawa's group, Gnome in 1988-89 where she met SU-EN (Sweden). In 1991, Joan moved to Seattle, Washington where she founded Dappin' Butoh. She has performed and taught workshops in Sweden, England, Denmark, Hungary, Japan, Korea and New Zealand as well as at Butoh festivals in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Chicago, and Portland. Last May, she was a featured artist along with Katsura Kan and Akaji Maro at a Butoh symposium at the University of California in Los Angeles. Joan wrote a dissertation on Butoh (Texas Woman's University, 1993), and is featured in Sondra Horton Fraleigh's books, Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy. She is a founding member of Seattle-based DAIPANbutoh Collective and a tour guide at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Place: Technical Youth Center “Annas-2”, www.tjn.lv. Number of participants – limited. Work language – English. 3 hours per day.

More information: Simona Orinska, (+371)29394500, SimonaOrinska@inbox.lv


What Butoh means for me?
Butoh – moment between breath-in and breath-out.
Butoh – moment between Life and Death.
Butoh – sense of freedom and expand of personal borders.
Butoh – self-exploring.
Butoh – to dance myself and the way of humanity.
Butoh – dance of soul, borne from mud and blood.
Butoh – Nature, Earth, Sky, Being, Emptiness, Beginning, Unconscious, Asymmetry, Sexuality, Meditation.
Butoh body – liberate human-animal body who’s head is over heels, and legs – strongly grounded.

What is Butoh?
Butoh is based on Japanese culture, inspired by Zen, European and American modern dance, Surrealism, Dadaism and German expressionism. Butoh has been also called grotesque, shocking, poetic and mesmerizing. Butoh has a unique quality of „body archeology”, digging out something buried deep in the body, which seems to be a unique if compared to the other dance styles. „Butoh body” is like a personal body, others body and World’s body at the same time.

Butoh history
Butoh dance is a performing art originated in Post World-War II Japan and was first performed in 1959 (origins – Tatsumi Hijikata). It is a contemporary form of dance that has little to due with either traditional Japanese dances or most western forms of dance, although it does borrow elements from some of each. The most common factor in Butoh is one item that it does borrow from some traditional Japanese dance and theater: white body makeup.

The most unconventional aspect of Butoh is its movement and the preparation that the dancer undergoes to prepare for the dance. It is a dance that has as much to do with meditation or martial art training as it does to dance in the conventional sense. It derives its power from what the individual who dances it brings to it in a very mental as well as physical sense. It is a directing of energy to the audience from the surroundings, the environment and the audience themselves as much as from the mind in a way similar to how a pastry chef uses a paper cone to direct the icing onto a cake. The important thing with this is not the transformation into a chicken, but the transformation itself, the fact that you change.

Butoh connects the conscious with the unconscious. Movement is not dictated from the outside, but, appears in the interaction between the outer and inner world. In the words of Grotowski butoh is the search for "a very ancient form of art where ritual and artistic creation were seamless. Where poetry was song, song was incantation, movement was dance."

Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazuo Ohno, Sankai-Juku 




Simona Orinska's butoh

Photogallery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SFDTxYOnk8

Live performance: http://www.youtube.com/user/SimonaOrinska#p/a/u/1/ZomdS4xEze0

Videodance "eyes fluttering in my knees": http://www.youtube.com/user/SimonaOrinska#p/u/5/PQbxWefN-pc

Videodance "Mud": http://www.youtube.com/user/SimonaOrinska#p/u/2/Y7kyG9rw1oY 

Videodance "Inside": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ1zoZp4oY4

Info about "Sacred Dances of the Night": http://www.youtube.com/user/SimonaOrinska#p/u/4/B_HWBg1w4uE

Video about butoh performance "eyes fluttering in my knees" (Latvian National Television 7):




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