(Butoh workshop with Yuri Nagaoka and Seisaku)
My first Butoh experience of this season in Japan was at Yuri Nagaoka and Seisaku’s Butoh workshop near Nakano.
The work with them always follows the same structure. First Yuri guides a kind of physical workout that makes the function of a warming up with massages, stretching and lines of movement combining strenght, balance and fluidity; then comes the Butoh work directed by Seisaku: in a series of different exercises (improvisations based in a specific image) we follow a development of transformation through the images of a specific object, today is was a tree.
Levels worked today:
-the nurturing from roots to the end of a branch
-the growing of the branches
-the first leaves
-and the tree alive after blossom with its expanded shape full of leaves.
Each level is worked physically from the image of inspiration in a very intricate way linked to our inner body. We are becoming that tree as a result, but not as a goal (at least not from the indications of Seisaku today).
It was surprising to find that Yumiko Yoshioka, the renowned Butoh performer, was there as a student too. I knew about her but never met her before, so I found that she is a very interesting woman and performer, very friendly and charming.
After the work I was more than happy to join them for a dinner at a very good Soba restaurant, and finally I took the subway with Yumiko chatting about Butoh and butohkas along the way. ¿What else could I ask for?
Tomorrow my plan is to take Natsu Nakajima’s workshop.
(Thursday, January 24th, 2019)