09-10-2016 | Groningen | Butoh dance workshop | Luciana Sayanes


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(Agenda-item | Youniversal Dance) How to start the revolution? Dance your soul! Butoh is a Japanese modern dance which started as a way of dancing with our shadows. It is a revolution of the soul open to everyone who wants to express their heart: no age limits, no experience needed, no physical requirements... any-body can join!

About the workshop
Seeing the body as a blank canvas, the main aim of the workshop is to search for each own body poetry. It is a call to honesty, to active listening, to the unfolding of each one's essence, to discovering our own innermost expression. We are gathering to dance the spirit.

Nyx Butoh training is composed of three essential standpoints:

  • Training the body (physical conditioning): excercises derived from contemporary dance, martial arts, singing, theatre and clown.
  • Training the soul (butoh elements): traditional butoh excercises which explore the struggle between the opposites (life and death, masculine and feminine, yin and yang, day and night...), the sense of emptiness, the connection with the universe, and the diverse archetypes which relate to the human being.
  • Unfolding the soul (artistic expression): the link between our spiritual being and our physical manifestation. We all own up to a rare poetic universe, a personal (hi)story, an unparalleled body suit, a specific geographic and cultural background; all of which makes us unique living pieces of art.

It is important to note that there are no age, experience or physical limits or requirements to dance butoh; on the contrary: considered primarily as a training of the soul, once its poetry has touched our heart, its truthfullness will guide us to our highest expressiveness in each moment or stage of our lives.

In Sensei Yoshito Ohno's words: "butoh is a starting point for a revolution. In that revolution it is important first to construct, and then to break, like kids destroy their sand castles. In that construction there are the dance and movement techniques, but the essential is to break to revolutionize the world."

About Luciana Sayanes
Born in Buenos Aires on September 2nd, 1982, Luciana Sayanes graduated from the Argentine Catholic University with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in International Relations, thereafter having received grants both from the University of Richmond in 2005 (Virginia, USA), and the Indian Government in 2007 (ITEC Scholarship in New Delhi).

From then on, she has devoted herself to delving into her artistic training, willing to link her creative thrive and her commitment to service and positive change.

Together with classical singing, acting, clowning and martial arts, she specialized herself in butoh dance with masters Gustavo Collini (Argentina), Tadashi Endo (Germany) and Yoshito Ohno (Japan), among others.

After a year of travelling around the world performing and gathering invaluable experiences and life-changing encounters, she has recently settled down in the Netherlands, inspired to start a butoh hub, a space for interaction, revolution of the heart and creative development.

Date: Sunday 9th October, 2016
Time: 10:00 to 17:00 (food is not included, please bring your own light lunch)
Location: Groningen city (North), accessible by bus (lines 3 and 4), plenty of parking spaces available. Exact address will be sent after booking the workshop
Cost: €77
Language: English (a Dutch translator is present at the workshop)
Contact information: Ninka Brand, [email protected]
Note: the workshop will to be paid in advance. Cancellations will only be fully refunded if called off prior to Friday 7th October 15:00

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