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New York Butoh Kan Training Initiative 2011

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August 6 TO NOVEMBER 19 2011


New York, NY — CAVE is pleased to announce the continuation of its 2011 training program and performance season. LUDUS (school + play) is the educational program of CAVE and its resident company LEIMAY. The core of the program is the New York Butoh Kan (NYBK) Teaching Residency + Training Initiative. Every year, influential butoh artists living abroad are invited to lead workshops as resident teachers at CAVE. This year’s residents are Akira Kasai Hisako Horikawa, Yukio Waguri, and visiting artists are Masaki Iwana and Moeno Wakamatsu. All residents will lead both introductory and intensive sessions, open to dancers, actors and performers. NYBK-related activities include the Piercing Butoh Weekly Classes held by Daiji Meguro and Ximena Garnica, and interviews with our resident teachers. Resident teachers will also be performing as a part of CAVE\’s At Home: Performance Series. This series showcases established butoh artists, those widely recognized figures in the contemporary dissemination of butoh styles and techniques. At Home is also organized in order to support the work of CAVE residents and local artists and as a supplement to CAVE\’s educational activities.

All activities will occur at CAVE, on Grand St in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

For full details about Ludus: New York Butoh Kan Teaching Residency + Training Initiative and At Home: CAVE Performance Season, to purchase tickets and to register for workshops, please visit our website, or call 347.838.4677, or email us.


Introductory Session
DATES: September 8th – 10th
TIMES: Weekdays 6pm -10pm, Saturdays 10:30am – 2:30pm
COST: $192
For two decades Hisako contributed to the development of the Body Weather Laboratory. A kinesthetic and movement research initiated by dancer/farmer Min Tanaka. This comprehensive movement training offers open and incisive investigations to challenge physical limits and scale, evoke sense memory, and rigorously re-examine the body as a dynamic, transformative environment.
Through relaxation and awakening of various parts of the body, students will focus on opening their bodies to receive from the outside world and cultivating their senses to the new discoveries they make.

Intensive Session
DATES: September 12th – 16th & 18th – 22nd
TIMES: Weekday 10am – 2pm, Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm
COST: $580
This session will continue to deepen the material studies of the Introductory Session and will explore following themes:
Body without strength.
Body that still has some parts alive.
Body that is moved.
Body that lives in a space.

Introductory Session
Dates: September 16th – 18th
Times: Friday 6pm -10pm, Saturday and Sunday 3:30-7:30pm
Cost: $192
Because dance is \”a realization of one\’s dream through the body\”, one must first know one\’s body very well: a total body that includes all levels – the bio-skeletal body, spirit, and intuition.
Before entering the dance training, we train the body which is the valuable instrument of dance. This training is for flexibility and core strength –using stretching–, and power and balance training.
In order to let the body function entirely, students will learn five fundamental dances. These are truly fundamental movements that one can encounter in daily life.

Introductory Session
Dates: September 30, October 1st & 2nd
Times: Friday 10am -2pm, Saturday and Sunday 3:30-7:30pm
Cost: $192
In dance, the true-self manifests itself concretely through our body as presence, physicality, movement. In order to approach the expression the true-self, we prepare our status of mind and body to be ready to perceive the world directly.
Students will undergo physical training to enhance thei awareness, strength, flexibility, sensitivity and concentration. They will explore embodying the difference of the elements within the body and in the space (i.e. light, texture, temperature, weight). The workshop will emphasize active listening in order to distinguish the density, current, pulse, and vibration of time and space. the purpose is not to move, but to be moved; to know the direction of the desire of the dance. Finally, students will study the shift of boundary: placing ourselves outside in the space; placing our desire in the space.

Introductory Session
Dates: September 29th – October 1st
Times:Thursday and Friday: 6pm -10pm, Saturday 10:30am – 2:30pm.
Cost: $192

Intensive Session
Dates: October 3rd – 7th & 9th – 13th
Times: Weekdays 10am – 2pm, Sundays 10:30am – 2:30pm.
Cost: $580

In Hijikata’s butoh method, the moment of occurrence consists of form and movement. Through exchange between inside and outside world we create beauty by random connection of the images. Through both Introductory and Intensive Sessions, students will explore different body conditions like heaviness and lightness, condensation and expansion, transfiguration, in relation between space and time that is made by body’s condition.

“Dance in the Era of Life Sciences”
Our understanding of the human body is changed significantly by the sciences, both engineering and life. The identity of man and woman is all but disappearing as we discover ways of forming life without the necessity of distinct and separate ‘male’ and ‘female’ forces. In this era, we are faced with questions such as how does this new understanding change the dance, which is using the body, and how do we perceive life itself? “Human beings can make everything possible by their own natural power that biotechnology could do.” Today, the human form in dance and Butoh must be done differently.

Introductory Session
Dates: November 10th – 11th
Times: 10:30am -3:30pm
Cost: $192
Students will learn basic consciousness of their bodies through movement and observation:
If there is neither good movement nor bad movement, how do you see other person’s dance?

Intensive Session
Dates: November 12th – 16th
Times: Weekdays from 10am – 3pm, Weekends from 10:30am – 3:30pm.
Cost: $480
Students will investigate the following themes in movement and choreography:
Creation of physical space.
Creation of physical time.
Connection between words and body.
Vowel that creates life; consonant that changes function of sense into energy.

Piercing Butoh Weekly Class
Dates: Saturdays from August 6th to October 29th: 2-7pm, (except September 17th and October 1st.) Make Up Classes October 24th and 31st: 6-10pm
Cost: $400
These sections must have at least five full-time students in order to run.
Part One (Body Building): The class begins with a training section focusing on breathing, consciousness and release of the body. We will explore the connections between the body and breathing and how breath can become an initiator of movement. How to place consciousness in different parts of the body allowing it to flow and integrate. Releasing exercises aim to condition the body to carry certain states while it moves. Part one will last two hours and can be taken as a single class drop-in.
Part Two (Creation): The second half of the class will focus on the creation of individual pieces using Meguro’s Butoh choreography method as well as one of the Butoh choreography methods that uses text to create movement by the image of it. Daiji Meguro\’s choreography method subdivides texts into individual words onto which qualities are added. For example, quick or slow, big or small, high or low, inside or outside. The common view of the choreographer and the dancer is made by these uses of words. This way of working provides an intersection point to search for each student’s individual expression. The pieces will be presented at CAVE on November 4 & 5 as part of CAVE’s Ferment Series. The class will explore the theme of the “Useless Body”. The human body is usually seen has a tool for procreation or as having a role or value in society, a “Daily Body”. This body, however, is not simply an organism to serve a purpose. Meguro’s workshop explores the “Useless Body”, one that operates beyond monetary and reproductive purposes, and which is often disregarded by society for that reason. Students participating in this section must take all 12 classes. No drop-ins for this part of the class.

Piercing Butoh Weekly Class
Dates: Sundays from August 7th to October 30th (except September 18th and October 9th) and every other Wednesday from August 10th to October 19th.
Times: 10:30am – 2:30pm (Sun.) / 6-9:30pm(Wed.)
Cost: $400
These sections must have at least five full-time students in order to run.
Part One (Grasping the Body) The class begins with a warm-up focused on generating fluidity and relaxation through the body. Different exercises give the opportunity to explore internal openness and energy flow, facilitate an awareness of space and consciousness, distinguish different approaches to movement initiation, cultivate presence and prepare an alert and neutral body that is ready to be moved. Part one will last one and a half hours and can be taken as a single class drop-in.
Part Two (Individual Creation): This second half will be focused on the creation of a group piece exploring the theme of the “clown body”. The aim is to experience the process of creating a 30-40 minute group piece under the direction and choreography of Garnica. The class will give the students the ability to access states necessary to making work and will create a platform in which the group can begin to research and uncover information about this theme. Special emphasis is made in awakening consciousness by exploring the unconscious domain, which allows us – as dancers, choreographers and theater artists – to expand our understanding of the body, and our experience and understanding of daily life. Consequently, we enlarge the realms of perception, creation, and discover the possibilities for interaction therein. Integrating physical insights from part one within improvisation, and based in research findings, students will be lead into the creative process of LEIMAY’s ensemble pieces. Students participating in this section must take all 17 classes. No drop-ins for this part of the class. (It is recommended for students to become familiar with LEIMAY’s aesthetic before registering for this section, as it has variances from the traditional butoh dance.)

Special tuition discounts if registered by August 15!
Take any 3 workshops: get 10% off.
Take any 5 workshops: get 15% off.
Take any 7 workshops: get 20% off.
CAVEnexus members will get an extra 5% off from above.

In addition to teaching workshops, the butoh masters will perform their own pieces as part of the At Home Series. These performances provide the opportunity to experience the aesthetic of the masters first hand. Performances run from 40 to 60 minutes in length.

At Home Series: Dance by Hisako Horikawa
Dates: September 24th & 25th
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 regular/ $12 CAVE Nexus member and student with ID.

At Home Series: Dance by Masaki Iwana and Moeno Wakamatsu (double bill)
Dates: September 27 and 28(artist talk after performance on 27th)
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 regular/ $12 CAVE Nexus member and student with ID.

At Home Series: Dance by Yukio Waguri
Dates: October 15 and 16
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 regular/ $12 CAVE Nexus member and student with ID.

At Home Series: Dance by Daiji Meguro
Dates: October 27 and 28
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $15 regular/ $12 CAVE Nexus member and student with ID.

Ferment Series: Performance by piercing butoh emerging local artists
Dates: November 4, 5 and 6
Time: TBA
Cost: $10 regular/ $7 CAVE Nexus member and student with ID.

At Home Series at DNA: Dance by Akira Kasai
This program is co-produced by Dance New Amsterdam (DNA)
Location: DNA theater, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers)
Dates: November 18
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $18 regular/ $15 CAVE Nexus member, DNA Students and student with valid ID.

A series of intimate conversations with the resident teachers, lead by CAVE’s artistic co-director, Ximena Garnica. Each conversation brings the audience closer to the unique creative process of the teachers, and creates a platform for the exchange of ideas that is vital to the development and evolution of butoh. All conversations are streamed live on the net at CAVE’s online channel:

Hisako Horikawa
Dates: September 20th
Time: 7:00 pm

Yukio Waguri
Dates: October 11th
Time: 7:00 pm

Daiji Meguro
Dates: October 18th
Time: 7:00 pm

Akira Kasai
Dates: November 15th
Time: 7:00 pm

Hisako Horikawa
(Niigata, Japan) In 1978 Horikawa started her inquiry into the body leading her to dance with Japanese dance pioneer Min Tanaka, with whom she co-founded the Body Weather Laboratory. Today she mainly dances solo works and works with a variety of artists and musicians in different countries, including Tristan Honsinger, Ab Baars, and in the Duch Punk Rock Band: The EX, as well as multiple artists in Spain.

Moeno Wakamatsu
Moeno Wakamatsu was born in Japan. A dance/theatre artist coming from a background of being a pianist and an architect, she began her solo dance career at the age of 27 in New York City. She has also been teaching the Feldenkrais Method® for 10 years. She is now based in France.
‘I wish to suspend within the moment where inner desire meets outer phenomena.’

Masaki Iwana
Iwana began his dance career outside the \”Butoh genealogy\” in 1975. Until 1982 he presented 150 experimental performances in which he stood straight, completely naked and perfectly still. Since then, in Europe as well as Japan, Iwana has presented his performances and workshops continuously and has created works which are built on his sharpened aesthetic in 100 cities – 40 countries. Iwana represents the institute for the research of Butoh: La Maison du Butoh Blanc. 2006 he produced and created a theatrical film \’Vermilion Souls\’.

Yukio Waguri was the main male dancer at Tatsumi Hijikata’s Asbestos-kan from 1972 to 1978. Waguri has made his own interpretation of Butoh-fu and continues to use them as a method for his own choreography and teaching. Over the past 28 years he has taught and choreographed around the world. He is the Artistic Director of the Kohzensha Butoh Company.

Akira Kasai (Tokyo, Japan) Akira Kasai was a pioneer of the Butoh art form in the 1960s and \’70s. After studying modern dance, pantomime and classical ballet, he performed with butoh legend Kazuo Ohno iin “Gigi”in 1963. In 1971, Kasai established Tenshi-kan (House of Angels) in Tokyo\’s western suburb of Kokubunji as an institute in which he taught dance. He leads the Tenshi-Kan Dance Institute in Tokyo and has published two books of essays on dance perception and new dance techniques.

Daiji Meguro is founder of the NUDE Dance Company.His training comes from seven years working with butoh master Ko Murobushi as a member of his company Ko & Edge and training with Hijikata’s widow Motofuji at Asbestos Kan. Besides his own work he is an active dancer with the Tokyo based company Baby-Q and 666/cell. Currently Meguro is in a one-year residency at CAVE supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs (bunka-cho).

Ximena Garnica is the Artistic Director of LEIMAY, an interdisciplinary project and laboratory of performance in residence at CAVE. A theatre artist since childhood, Garnica has been exploring butoh for the past twelve years. Currently she teaches at P.H.T.S, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama. Other teaching credits included master classes and lectures at Denison University, Skidmore College, DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and the Academia Superior de Artes de Bogota.

Founded in 1996, CAVE is one of the longest-running experimental art spaces in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn. CAVE strives to provide an explorative arena and support system for artistic development by hosting studio workspace, educational workshops, performance opportunities and assistance in the realization of projects that support risk taking in the in visual, media and performing arts.

LEIMAY is the parapluie for Ximena Garnica art works, Shige Moriya art works and the collaboration work between these two artists at the intersection of dance, theater and installation art. Works range from photography, to video art, art installations, dance-theater pieces, inter-disciplinary collaborations and training projects.

The LUDUS (school + play) is an educational initiative of CAVE and LEIMAY. The New York Butoh Kan Teaching Residency + Training Initiative is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts. CAVE performances and workshop presentations are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CAVE performance season in made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency.

Click here to access an article about NYBK. For additional information and high-resolution photographs, please contact Denisa Musilova at

Please note that the prices have been changed from those listed above. This is due to fees that CAVE pays in order to provide online registration and payment for attendees.

The final prices are as follows.
Introductory Sessions: $198
Intensive Sessions: $588
Akira Kasai Intensive Session: $488
Piercing Butoh Classes: $415

$16/ $13 with CAVEnexus or student discount.

Ferment Performances:
$11/$8 with CAVEnexus or student discount.

Akira Kasai Performances:
$19/$16 with CAVEnexus or student discount.

Thank you and we apologize for the misinformation.

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