Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

  • Zen Mountain Monastery Zen Mountain Monastery
  • Zen Mountain Monastery, 871 Plank Rd Mt Tremper, NY 12457
  • Feb 15 - 17, 2019 (3 days)
  • $350.00 - Program Price $250.00 - MRO Student Price $315.00 - Practicing Member Price

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How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How deeply are we willing to plumb our own depths, to reveal our true face in the mirror? Developed in post-World War II  Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by deep investigation of  impermanence, authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body practice is about “revealing” rather than “showing”. In the same way that we reveal the mind to ourself through single pointed concentration in zazen, in butoh we reveal our mind through attention in the body. So we can take this practice as a wonderful opportunity to practice concentration, regardless of our surrounding circumstances.

Zen practitioners often feel a real sense of support by sitting together in the zendo. We can also understand butoh is born from exchange and communal work. Because butoh is not about “showing” it is also not about judging what we’ve been shown. Together in movement led by acclaimed butoh performer Vangeline, participants will experience opportunity for great opening.

Vangeline’s butoh classes incorporate Japanese butoh, Bio-energetics, core energetics, elements of Noguchi gymnastics, and guided imagery to offer a high-energy workshop adapted to each group’s level of physical fitness.

Following the performance, on Saturday evening, Vangeline will perform a solo work called Butoh Beethoven Eclipse.  This performance will be open to the general public and include a Q&A with the artist.

 

Please don’t let financial issues prevent you from attending a program at the Monastery. If you can’t afford the program fee, there are options.


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Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

at Zen Mountain Monastery

  • Feb 15, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019 (3 days)

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