October 11, 2019/ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall, 308 Westwood Plz

Butoh Workshops with Nakajima Natsu

October 11th 5-9pm, October 12th 10am-2pm, October 13th 10am-2pm

The UCLA Departments of History, Theater and Performance Studies, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance and the Japan Arts and Globalization MRU are excited to host a FREE three-day workshop with noted second generation butoh dancer, Nakajima Natstu. The workshop will take place in UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall studio 214 on October 11 5-9pm, October 12 10am-2pm, and October 13 10am-2pm. You may attend one, two, or all three of the workshops. Registration information coming soon.

Natsu Nakajima (b. 1943 Sakhalin) has been one of the most prominent figures in butoh dance since its foundation in Tokyo in the 1960s, and one of its foremost pioneers abroad. Training under both Hijikata Tatsumi and Kazuo Ohno, Nakajima went on to establish her own dance company, Muteki-sha, in 1969, with whom she has been performing and choreographing internationally since the early 1980s. Her highly acclaimed performance of ‘Niwa’ at LIFT ‘83 (London) marked the beginning of this international touring career, and led to performances at festivals such as FIND (Montreal), the Nancy Festival, and the Sydney Biennale. In addition to her performance and choreographic work, Nakajima has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, and has been one of the forerunners of dance for the disabled in Japan.


Nakajima’s workshops will include not only physical techniques, but also background on key butoh conceptions:
1) Physical Exercise
*general exercise
*KATSUGEN activity( living vital force activity ) by Noguchi Method
*body &  vocalization
*playing game
2) Basic Butoh
* being nothing
* walking
3) Vocabulary (how to combine theatrical action & dancing movement)
*rhythm(time),and space
4) Various energy qualities
5) Transformation
6) Improvisation
7) Butoh-fu (Butoh Notation) from Hijikata’s work: how to use Butoh-fu, combine with Hijikata method and Kazuo Ohno method.

Registration is FREE but required. Click here to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdflb9XGYqcZZyg5uvSjbp1-ACEur6wJwaEWuwL7-xQx9EseQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1