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Bridget Scott’s Butoh Workshop #3

Our friend Bridget writes,

On 24th July I will hold the third in my series of monthly butoh workshops at Ichijoji Shukaijo – an old dojo in Ichijoji.

We will begin with a good warm up and then do some butoh image work, followed by pair work, some choreography and improvisation and finally a warm down.

My workshop will be inspired by my work with my teachers Katsura Kan, Min Tanaka and Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno as well as and my own experiences as a performer for over 20 years.

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in expressing something with their body and exploring butoh ideas and movement.

No experience is necessary. Wear clothes that are easy to move in.

Here is the basic information:

Sun 24th July 10am-1pm (the last Sunday morning of every month.)

Place ~ Ichijoji Shukaijo (see below)

Advanced Booking:  ¥2,000(¥1,500 for students)

At the Door: ¥2,500(¥2,000 for students)

Reservation:

Contact me at this email address or phone at 090-3853-4162

Access:

Train: Eizan line Ichijoji Station       Walk east from the station and follow directions below.

Bus: No 5 Ichijoji Sagarimatsu cho  Cross Shirakawa Dori at the traffic lights and follow directions below.

Directions:

From Shirakawa Manshuin Michi. You will see Circle K on the right and a big pachinko parlor opposite it.

Go east on Manshuin michi until you see a stone tori for Hachidai Jinja.

There turn left (don’t go up the hill to Shisendo).Keep going north, in the second block you will see gates into what looks like a school yard and a hand carved sign with 上一乗寺集会所.

Go through the gates and you will see a pine tree. Behind it is the old dojo.

This is Ichijoji Shukaijo.

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Butoh Workshops & Shiatsu Classes with Bridget Scott

Our friend Bridget Scott says,

Bridget Scott

At last I am starting to teach my own monthly butoh workshop at Ichijoji Shukaijo – an old dojo in Ichijoji. In April I worked with Katsura Kan, who was the teacher who lead me into the butoh world in 1989. I also studied with Min Tanaka, and butoh greats: Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. I feel as if I have come full circle after dancing with Katsura Kan again. Time to start anew!

My Butoh workshop will be inspired by these teachers and my own experiences as a performer for over 20 years. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in expressing something with their body and exploring butoh ideas and movement. No experience necessary.

Now is an important time in Japan. If we are here, we should really BE here and do what we have to do.
This is an added reason to start my butoh class. I’ve been meaning to teach it for years…. Now is the time!
I’m also continuing my weekly shiatsu class on Saturday mornings.
If you are interested in studying either butoh or shiatsu, please contact me at:
bridgetscottnow@me.com

If there is something you’ve been meaning to do, get down to it! Now!

Here is the basic information for the Butoh workshop:

First workshop: Sunday 29th May 10am-1pm
Future workshops will be on the last Sunday morning of every month.
Location: Ichijoji Shukaijo
Fee: ¥2,000, ¥1,500 for students
Please wear clothes that are easy to move in.

Access:
By train: Take the Eizan line to Ichijoji Station then walk east from the station and follow the directions below.
By bus: Take bus No 5 to Ichijoji Sagarimatsu cho. Cross Shirakawa Dori at the traffic lights and follow the directions below.

Directions:
From Shirakawa Manshuin Michi. You will see Circle K on the right and a big pachinko parlor opposite it.
Go east on Manshuin michi until you see a stone tori for Hachidai Jinja.
There turn left (don’t go up the hill to Shisendo). Keep going north, in the second block you will see gates into what looks like a school yard and a hand carved sign with
上一乗寺集会所
Go through the gates and you will see a pine tree. Behind it is the old dojo.
This is Ichijoji Shukaijo.

Here is a Google Maps Link for Ichijoji Shukaijo.
Click on it to see the map.

Thanks Bridget! Bridget has also informed me that she will be performing a dance at the Velvet Moon event at Urbanguild this Saturday (May 21st). The event starts at 7pm and Bridget is scheduled to begin at 9pm.


More up-and-coming events:
Saturday May 21st – David Waddell & Max Dodds Play for Tohoku @ Tadg’s Irish Pub
Saturday May 28th – Bring & Buy Benefit Sale for Tohoku Disaster Relief
Saturday June 4th – Headbangers Death Night vol.9
Sat/Sun June 11th/12th – Sora ra ~ Dance Performance by Heidi Durning & Mori Mikayo @ Eiun-in

Scenes from Living Arts vol. 3

Wednesday saw another fine night of avant garde revelry at Urbanguild.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the evening was the flamenco/butoh collaborative performance in tribute to the late Kazuo Ohno & La Argentina (Antonia Merce). It  was a very powerful, joyful, weird and wonderful celebration, a meeting across cultures and a promise; for as Bridget Scott said to me after, the dance goes on. Here are some clips (with sincere apologies to Chris Cobilis for not being able to catch his act).

Mitsu Salmon & ryotaro:

下村ミサ×大岡英介

Begoña Castro (flamenco) + Javier Navarro (guitarra) + 今貂子 (Ima-Tenko butoh)

And if that has tickled your fancy, you can see a longer video of that last performance here: Scenes from ~A Tribute to Kazuo Ohno & La Argentina~

Pictures are now up on flickr here.

Living Arts Vol. 3

Our friend Mitsu Salmon has sent some details about the Living Arts event at Urbanguild this Wednesday (July 7th).

“Flamenco dancer Begona and guitarist Javier from Spain are visiting Japan to collaborate with the Butoh master Ima Tenko. They are doing a piece in memory of Kazuo Ohno`s passing.

Also in the evening is Chris Cobilis from Australia. Singer/songwriter Misa and ryotaro and I.

The order for the evening is the following with each artist playing about 30 minutes: Continue reading

Patterns: A Butoh Dance Performance

Bridget Scott writes:

I know it is short notice, but I want to let you know about my performance on Sun 8th November in Kyoto. I will be performing with an old friend, Jeannie Donald-McKim, who I introduced to Butoh nearly 20 years ago. Jeannie returned to England and studied Dance Movement Therapy and set up Oxford based Butoh group, Cafe Reason. She is having a nostalgic short trip back to Kyoto with her young family. It is 15 years since we performed together so we are both excited to have this opportunity to share the same stage.

Bridget Scott

Picture courtesy of Bridget Scott

We will each be performing a solo piece plus a collaboration with Sseeaann Rrooee*, an experimental musician and organiser of Kyoto’s JunKroom.

PATTERNS: a butoh performance with dancers, Bridget Scott and Jeannie Donald-McKim and experimental musician, Sseeaann Rrooee.
When: Sunday 8th November
Doors open: 2:30 Starts: 3:00
Where: Space ALS-D

Access: Space ALS-D is in Kita-Ku, just off Kuramaguchi dori. From Funaoka Onsen, heading west, take the first small street on the left after the pet shop. Then take the immediate small street on the right. Turn left at the next corner (the only option) and it is on the right side of the street. Look out for signs to Space ALS-D. Here is a map.

Entrance: 1,800 yen in advance and 2,000 yen on the door
Information: For more information and reservations contact me by email or keitai 080-3853-4162

Thanks Bridget!

*Man of many monikers, Sean Roe, in addition to organizing events (and selling records) as Jun Kroom, dj’ing as DJ AFRIphoniCAAAA, also makes music (and messes with your eyes) as Sseeaann Rrooee.

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