DIEGO PIÑON Butoh Ritual Mexicano Workshop
Organized by Ginger Krebs
SAT 19 SEP @ 11AM – 6PM
SUN 20 SEP @ 11AM – 6PM
To truly awaken the body is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual process. Every Butoh Ritual Mexicano workshop involves high-impact aerobic training, active meditation, and guided improvisation, all embraced within a sense of communal ritual. The collective physical training consists of stretching, shaking, jumping, low-level groundwork, balancing, partnering, weight sharing, impulse exchange, bodywork, bioenergetics, breath expansion, and transpersonal communication. Active meditation exercises are introduced to quiet the mind and awaken originative, non-reactive impulses for organic movement. Guided improvisations then give participants the opportunity to integrate this newfound sensory awareness within their physical body, environments both internal and external, and the shared workshop space.
Butoh, since it’s beginnings in 1959, has always confronted notions of tradition, legacy, culture, innovation and contemporary manifestation. How does an art form that is born from a specific time within a specific cultural climate remain relevant to the world and evolve, grow and expand beyond its borders? Butoh is a prime case study within our time.
As human beings used the energy of nature to survive, they created the first primitive forms of movement. In the Butoh dance we relive the sense of these primitive forms as a way to rescue all the lost parts of the human being. Butoh questions our habitual actions, expectations, and judgments. Butoh challenges us to awaken and explore all human qualities ranging from the subtle to the outrageous, both beautiful and ugly. Butoh seeks the emergence of the deeper self, to touch if only for a moment, the inexplicable matter of the human soul. Through this process of transforming our daily life by transforming our dance, we can offer more creative energy to our community.
Diego Piñón’s teachings are the distillation of his extensive research in body-based energy methodologies he has developed since 1975. Butoh Ritual Mexicano is primarily derived from Diego’s Mexican heritage with traditional energetic practices and Japanese butoh under the guidance of Kazuo Ohno, Yoshito Ohno, Min Tanaka, Natsu Nakajima, among others. Diego’s extensive artistic research includes modern dance technique, contemporary movement and theater practice, and therapeutic body modalities. He performs and teaches throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico using Butoh Ritual Mexicano as a means to transform personal and collective divisions through the dancing body and to cultivate a deeper connection to our shared humanity.