We will research varying manifestations of the five elements which are useful for butoh dance and applicable to daily life. Butoh is a contemporary Japanese dance form that began after World War II. Based on the elements, we will encounter our relationship to balance and lack thereof. We will also explore our natural resonance to each element, learning what elements we have a natural harmony with and which ones we need to establish better relationships with in our lives.
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.