MASAKI
IWANA

The Intensity of Nothingness

2nd WEEK (20-24/7) – 5 HOURS/DAY
10:00 – 15:00, DANCE CENTRE CLASS 2

The Intensity of Nothingness

With the five kanji characters, ‘han-gi-tai-to-kan’ (grilling, sacrifice, great nature, dance, mirror), butoh’s founder, Tatsumi Hijikata, encapsulated the importance to dancing of sacrificing our own body and soul and treating nature as our mirror, or teacher. Through these words, he urged that we dance a material entity hidden within our body, transcending society, institutions and norms. Once we perceive our body as a material entity, morals, dark intentions, desires, concepts of beauty, life and death, violence and eros become like tiny leaves and are swept along by a torrent into a vortex of the immensely truthful nothingness existing within all the blameless origins of the universe. For dancers this nothingness must have intensity.

Ages: All ages
Levels:  All levels

Photo credit: Foumio TAKASHIMA_鏡を, Hiroyasu DAIDO 大洞 博靖

Masaki Iwana

One of the most acclaimed Butoh performers in Japan today, one of the rare Butoh performers in the world who maintain the original Butoh spirit.
Masaki 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. Moreover in 2006 he produced and created a theatrical film ‘Vermilion Souls’ which got Best film award at Portobero IFF in UK in 2009, followed by the 2nd film ‘A Summer Family’ 2010.
www.iwanabutoh.com

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