Butoh and Body Weather residential workshop in Dec 2018


Residential workshop exploring the discipline of Butoh and Body Weather, Led by

Yumi Umiumare & Frank van de Ven (Amsterdam)


On the Wimmera River, 15kms west of Horsham, our base will be a 130-acre site near Mt Arapiles with a variety of bush, scrub, sand dunes, open fields, river and elevated rock - allowing participants to experience and open up the senses to colour, texture, sound and shapes. Through the powerful combination of Butoh and Body Weather, Yumi and Frank will guide participants in creating movement, stillness, and dance in response to landscape and nature.

YUMI UMIUMARE is an established Butoh Dancer and choreographer and has been creating her distinctive style of works over the last 25 years. Her works are renowned for provoking visceral emotions and questioning cultural identity. The works have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America, and have received critical acclaim and garnered several Australian Green Room awards. As a choreographer, Yumi has worked with many socially engaged theatre projects in Australia with aboriginal communities, refugees, culturally diverse people and disability groups. In this workshop Yumi is going to explore the elements of Ritual, Ceremony and Gateway to the unknown.

FRANK VAN DE VEN is a dancer and director who spent his formative years in Japan working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company (1983-92). In 1993, he founded with Katerina Bakatsaki Body Weather Amsterdam as a platform for training and performance. He has an ongoing commitment to his Body/Landscape series of workshops conducted worldwide and since 1995 he has led the annual, interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project with renowned Czech artist Milos Sejn, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture.In these days, Frank will focus on how the body is itself a landscape in a wider surrounding landscape. Body Weather was introduced in Australia by Tess de Quincey in 1989, see more detail about the BodyWeather

13(Thur)-17 (Mon) December 2018

Arrival 13th late afternoon, Leaving 17th morning

$460/430 (Early Bird Special by 15 NOV $430/410!)

(Vegetarian meals of 5days included)

Numbers are limited so please book early!

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