JINEN Butoh 4 months school

JINEN Butoh 4 months school
with Atsushi Takenouchi
December 2018 – March 2019
Monthly 10 days Butoh course
with residency at Majnoni Baldovinetti Farm in Marti, Tuscany / Italy
Butoh: Atsushi Takenouchi
Live music: Hiroko Komiya
Assistant: Maruska Ronchi

Course Dates

  • Dec 8-19 2018 (8 Sat arrival, 19 Wed departure, *13 Thu day off)
  • Jan 4-15 2019 (4 Fri arrival, 15 Tue departure, *9 Wed day off)
  • Feb 2-13 2019 (2 Sat arrival, 13 Wed departure, *7 Thu day off )
  • Mar 2-13 2019 (2 Sat arrival, 13 Wed departure, *7 Thu day off )

Time and term : 7-8 hours/day, 10 days course per month
* There will be also night session day. Depend on schedule, time will be flexible.
Minimum numbers : 10 persons, Maximum number: 15 persons
(***After 15 reservations you will be entered in the waiting list.)
*Since we have limited spots this year, we recommend early reservation.

photos Georges Karam

Dance with JINEN, dance with all life which has been born from the universe.
Where do we really come from?
Long ago, at the time of the big bang, it seems that all forms of life composed on single and unique entity. If this is the case, hundred of millions of years have now passed, during which our respective lives have branched into different directions.
In the same way that a tree spreads into branches, the galaxy and stars have detached themselves from the trunk of the universe. The planets and Earth split off from the solar system. Furthermore, the earth, the sky and the sea have also branched and after this, plants and animals have subdivided. People, just like me, are also part of this ramification. And even variety of goods, variety of relics that human have made in the history, still more creative products from a machine civilization now are also part of this ramification. Nature and animals, people, artifacts and gods, such as all of life equally lies ahead of this branches.
If those hundreds of millions of years have really built our body, then surely, somewhere inside of us, we should have kept a memory of when we were universe and stars, of when we were earth, of when we were stone and river, and mountain and wind and fire. And also we should have kept a memory of when we were flowers, trees, animals. Furthermore we should have kept a memory of living in relics, of living with gods mythology, of believing wings as extension of body to fly to the sky.
Open the door of these memories and let’s try and dance, transformed into those sun and moon, into those four elements, into those various life and various gods. Let’s dance with memory of various relics, various machines.
Those all born from the universe was life equally. And they were called “JINEN” in ancient Japan.
Let’s dance together with all this JINEN.
Through dance, let’s remember that our body was at one with Earth and the universe.
Furthermore, if the leaf that I am, coming from this branched universe, could feel, even just a little, the weight of those billions of years, then I will realize that, far from being just some simple little organisms, I myself, just like others, form the tree trunk constituting the beginning of the universe.
You are the star, you are the earth,
You are the wind, you are the river, you are the stone and fire,
You are the seed of the machine, you are the relics, you are the myth of gods.
You are also the animal, imaginational creature.
You are the sprouting trees, shining glower.
You are all….
Through dance, the borders separating us from all those will progressively fade away. Life, under multiple shapes, is then linked to everything, and represents a dancing presence.
In the time of 6months let’s dance with all those JINEN as far as possible.

* Time: 9:00 or 10:00 – 19:00 or 20:00 (including lunch break), 7-8 hours/day, 10 days course per month.

– There will be also night session day. Depending on schedule, time will be flexible. * Course language: English

* Arrival appointment: meeting appointment at 13pm at Spazio NU (Pontedera) on the day of arrival.
– If necessary, you can arrive one day before at Spazio NU. Please contact to us in advance.
* Departure time: from Majnoni Baldovinetti Farm, we transfer to Pontedera station at 13pm.
* Practice 10days & 1day off, plus departure day. In total you need 12days.
* Every month 1 weekend, class will be hold together with monthly weekend Butoh course participants.
* Every month on final day, each presentation in studio, open air, site specific, etc.
* Final month Butoh event: solo Butoh and group performance creation. The last 5 days presentation performance
of all participants. And solo Butoh Atsushi Takenouchi and guest dancers.


This Butoh course is for dancers, actors, performers, person who makes training physical expression. Desirable to have joined JINEN Butoh workshop already. Or Butoh workshop experience, or physical training experience. 


Please contact to butoh.spazionu@gmail.com to ask practical information and register form.
1.Send deposit as part of course fee, and payment receipt by email to reserve your place.
2.Next, fill in the register form(2pages), send back us. Registration will be confirmed after this 2 steps.
* The priority is whole 4 month course register. But please contact also for 2 or 1 month register.

* Board; We plan partly by professional cook, the rest part by collective cooking together. Essentially vegetarian cooking with using local fresh products of Toscana.
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