This workshop will take participants into a hidden subtle mind/body space in order to discover personal somatic artistry. Adam Koan and Rita Soma use various personal butoh research elements as well as influences from renowned butoh teachers such as Rhizome Lee (India), Yumiko Yoshioka and Tadashi Endo (Germany), Ken Mai (Finland), and Diego Piñón (Mexico). Every participant will learn a sample of exercises and perspectives as they relate to shamanic motifs.
Adam Koan is a half Colombian, half Venezuelan-American who was raised in the small town of Belleview, Florida. He is an international butoh performer/teacher who resonated with the dance form after identifying multiple shamanic elements within it. He is a classically trained dancer and studied butoh in the Indian Himalayas in,Chicago and has taken several intensives/workshops from butoh masters internationally.
Butoh is a Japanese dance form that began as a reaction to a post-World War II-stricken Japan. Underground Japan desired a new dance form mirroring the times, and a dance they could claim as their own. A rebellious form of movement spawned which widened the sphere of what could be considered dance. The key motivator of the movement is one’s own darkness (shadows, hangups, Jungian repressions), so inherently, the dance transcends mere entertainment value and establishes itself as a dance for the psyche itself.