ButohOUT! 2018




The body:
Our closest nature

Abbotsford Convent
27 Feb – 22 April 2018

ButohOUT! is a newly initiated festival activating local communities in Victoria by fostering artistic and cultural exchanges through the powerful performing arts medium Butoh. Butoh is widely known as a Japanese theatre and dance art form but in this festival, artists will integrate it in the context of uniquely Australian culture, history and landscapes.

Renowned Melbourne-based performance artists Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap will conduct various workshops, cumulating in epic performances at the Abbotsford Convent. Original new works will be generated and presented by participants during the public workshops together with local guest artists including Weave Movement Theatre, and international artist Agung Gunawan from Indonesia.

The public workshops, performances and public forum will be held between February and April 2018. 

There will also be family and children orientated activities as well so please dance together with us at ButohOUT!

Co produced by Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takiguchi

Abbotsford Convent Foundation
City of Yarra Council
Creative Victoria

Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent


Over the two months, Melbourne-based, renowned Butoh practitioners Yumi Umiumare and Asian Shamanistic dance practitioner Tony Yap conduct workshops for participants to learn various approach and methods of performance making. The laboratory process will be facilitated twice a week, and at the end of the process, the participants will create short works and will be presented in the April 2018.The works will be presented at Abbotsford Convent in 12-22 April 2018. (Final dates and times TBC)

When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday@6-9pm, between 27Feb-4 April
Where:Abbotsford Convent (Rosina Auditorium and Oratory)
Fees: Waged $500/ /Non-wagedand COY residents: $450

No dance background required.

Weekly Intensive
27 Feb-8 April

This is a weekend Intensive workshop lead by Yumi Umiumare exploring performance making, experimenting through various Butoh methods, characterisation, working with objects and metaphor. The participants will search their own authentic movements and forms, emerging from their personal territories. At the end of the process, they will create a short work, and will be presented in the April 2018.(Optional)

When: 23rd (Fri) 6-9pm, 24th (Sat) & 25th (Sun) 10am-4pm
Where: Abbotsford Convent Studio (Oratory)
Fees: Waged $250/ Non-waged and COY residents: $200

No dance background required.

Weekend Intensive

23(Fri), 24(Sat), 25(Sun) March

The festival guest artist from East Java, Indonesia, Agung Gunawan offers an one day 5 hour workshop at the Oratory studio of Abbotsford Convent. In this workshop, he will share his personal understanding and expertise on how to perceive the sense of spirituality at the unique and specific local site and landscape. Participants are introduced to have basic / introductory understanding of the four requirements to perfect the art of Javanese court dance.

When: 20 (Fri) April 2018 10:00-4:00pm (incl. one hour break)
Where : Abbotsford Convent Studio
Fee: Waged $150/Non-waged and CoY residents $130

One day workshop with
Agung Gunawan

20 (Fri) April

This is one-off workshop on Saturday and Sunday morning introducing Butoh in playful and family friendly ways. Step inside the playful and imaginative world of Japanese Butoh, lead by Yumi Umiumare. Everyday games like peekaboo and hide, participants will jump headfirst into a world of transformation and shape-shifting, unleashing their inner animal, kook and spook outdoor of Abbotsford Convent. 

When: 17 (Sat) & 18 (Sun) March 10:30-12:00pm
Where: Abbotsford Convent Outside area (foreyard C3 Gallery)

This is a fee FREE event!!

for childRen and adultS (FREE)
Outdoor workshop
17(Sat),18 (Sun) March

22(Sun) April 12-3pm
at The Abbotsford convent Oratory

A public form exchanging the notion of What is Butoh? 
With panels of the practitioners, they will discuss about the relationship between Butoh, Body and Landscape.

When: 22(Sun) April 12-3pm
Where: Oratory, Abbotsford Convent
Fee: Free (registration is essential)


This is a two weeks performance season at indoor and outdoor venues around Abbotsford Convent. The works will be by local artists who emerged from the public workshops, and by local guest artist including Weave Movement Theatre and international guest artists including Agung Gunawan from Indonesia. 


12(Thur)-22(Sun) April
at The Abbotsford convent Oratory

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Please let us know if you are interested in attending any workshops! As we do group training exercises, your attendance affects the other participants involved. We are dedicated to our craft and appreciate your consideration of your time commitment in attending our sessions. Thank you!

Photos from ButohOUT! Performance Season at Abbotsford Convent

Photo by  Mifumi Obata