Butoh Dance Workshop

Butoh rose out of the ashes of post-World War II in the year 1950 in Japan as an extreme avant-garde dance form that shocked audiences with its grotesque movements and graphic sexual allusions. The “practice” of Butoh has grown as a way, like meditation or yoga, to gain self-awareness and wake up.Butoh shares the tenets of selflessness, transformation through changes of consciousness, and above all, compassion.Butoh Dance Style is the basic Buddhist value of compassion that inspires Butoh’s content and powerful expression.

Butohdance is the dance of the unconscious, an expression of what we have not been able to express, of thoughts and feelings that are buried deep inside, beneath our conscious awareness. Butoh, tries to bring those thoughts and feelings to the surface, to confront and transform them.

Butoh has also been discussed in the Japanese Zen Philosophy as a dance of stillness. Butoh and Zen both acknowledges emotions like anger, fear, and sadness, and letting them go. The difference is that in Zen you accomplish this by sitting, whereas in Butoh one let them go through movement.

Benefits –

  1. Butoh makes you intimately aware of physiology and anatomy.
  2. Butoh dancers enter an altered state of consciousness, somewhat like meditation. Neuroscientists have studied the brain waves of Buddhist monks while they meditate and observed the same kind of brain waves with Butoh.
  3. Butoh discharges energy blocks like anger, sadness, fear through movement and expression. Butoh discharges the energy blocks through movement and dance.
  4. Butoh helps in expressing the unexpressed emotions through a dance to channelize energy in one’s body.


Artist : Kenta Shibasaki

Kenta Shibasaki from his childhood was inclined towards arts and took drawing classes from AyakoShima and in the year 1997 performed in Kano International High School of theatre play. He also did his certification in acting, jazz and dance from Hayakawa Ballet School. In 2004, Kenta joined Japan University of Art for creative writing under the direction of MotohikoFuma.

Talking about his professional career from 2005 to 2008 he was a a part of StaatsTheatre  Darmstadt in Germany.

Kenta also did freelance work from 2008 to 2011 in Germany and Switzerland and co-worked with HelgeRetonia, Gisela Rocha and personalities like David Bloom.

Kenta started his own production house in homeland in 2011, and is currently working for the handicapped children and adults.

Date & Timings : 13th Feb, 2018 (4:15 PM – 7:30 PM)


Contact : Vaishak
Phone : +91 9250361909
Email : vibes@zorbathebuddha.org



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