Archive for the Category Performances
Sankai Juku is known for their visually stunning, ritualistic movement style, sensually performed by only men. The workshop was taught by director Semimaru, who was the original member of the company whose work is choreographed by Amagatsu. Members of the company took class with us and performed with us during the final performance at the end of the week.
During this workshop I learned a lot about the Noguchi Taiso method of body conditioning which is used by many butoh teachers. This method defines the body as a skin bag filled with water in which float the bones, muscles and organs. Movements involve shaking, waving, floating. Spinal alignment, a central axis, relaxed shoulders, and hanging from a string are basic to Noguchi Taiso. Semimaru also uses the ideas of tension /relaxation, center of gravity, vertical /horizontal, breathing, and rhythm in this work. These exercises felt so good to my body. I plan to continue them to keep me loose and strong.
The movement material we performed was not particularly interesting and used the same quality (soft, slow, wavy) throughout.
I did not feel a strong connection with Semimaru who is not particularly warm or friendly. I felt he just wanted us to pay our money, not make too much trouble and then go quietly away.
What: Butoh Performance
Where: The Pavillion at Warren Wilson College
When: Tuesday May 12, 2009, 6:30 PM (Bring a picnic)
“Lifeblood” a collaborative duet with Julie Becton Gillum and Michael McCue will premiere. The piece explores friendship and gender roles. A new piece, yet to be titled, will be performed by the WWC butoh class. In addition, the Modern Dance Technique class will perform a demonstration of the work they have accomplished this semester and Heather Sevcik will perform a piece inspired by her independent study “Affects of Sexual Abuse on Pregnancy, Birth and Mothering.”
This piece, “Bamboo Tunnel” was performed at the RiverSculpture Festival 2008 Woodfin at the entrance to Reynolds Village. (Please click on the image to see it at full size.)