Butoh retreat - Yumino Seki

Thu 31st March - 4th April 2022

A point of Transformation

Butoh workshop with a somatic approach

Shifting attention from ‘action’ to ‘active listening’ this 5 day workshop will make an inquiry into the transformative nature of the body.

Butoh is a form of avant-garde dance which emerged from the post war chaos in Japan in late 50s when the country was grappled by the clash between new Western technology and traditional Japanese values. Butoh was called ‘the dance of darkness’. Influenced by German Expressionism, self-identity was radically explored with culturally diverse concepts through bodily expression.

We will explore unique individual expression through guided improvisations using imageries and concepts particularly drawn from Butoh such as Ma (in between space which applies to both time & space), Wabi (humbleness/simplicity), Sabi (process of decay) and the cycle of life.

The workshop combines studio and outdoor work in the beautiful surrounding nature of the Felinganol Woodland Retreat in West Wales. Studio time focuses on body awareness drawn from somatic practice* whereas outdoor work engages directly with the landscape where the boundaries of life & death become more fluid.

Working in groups, pairs and individuals in both dynamic and quiet practice we aim to embody sensation and imageries in dance. Be playful, curious and attentive. Butoh sees dance as a living process and it pushes the boundaries of what we already know.

‘My work starts from trust; trusting that the body has its own intelligence & experience. Not moving but being moved. Raw yet subtle, meditative yet self-destructive, stark yet sensual. Conflict and harmony co-exist in an ambiguous way. I explore and reflect the inner self where the body becomes mere ‘being’ and where a point of transformation occurs’. YUMINO SEKI.

*The Somatic is the study of a ‘person’ as a living functional body. Integrating the body, mind and emotion whilst using movement as the main exploratory tool.

Yumino SEKI

Yumino is a Japanese dance artist, Butoh practitioner and qualified somatic movement educator who performs, teaches and collaborates to make performances.

She has been interested in the authenticity of the temporal body for many years resulting in many dance pieces, which are site responsive and improvised in nature. Collaborating with artists from diverse disciplines has given her a broad approach to her movement practice. Since 2013 developing her Butoh and somatic work SEKI has been directing group choreography with cross-discipline performances.

Between 1999-2009 she performed in Butoh predominately with Tadashi Endo (Mamu Dance Theatre), Yumiko Yoshioka (Ten-Pen-Chii) both in Germany and Carlotta Ikeda (Ariadone) in France. In 2012 she became qualified in VMI Somatic Practice with Patricia Bardi in Amsterdam.

Expanding her work in theatre, music, film and visual art she collaborates with a broad range of artists including Zadie Xa for her ongoing projects including performances at the 58th Venice Biennale, Art Night, Dance International Glasgow, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada & The National Gallery, London.

SEKI's work is informed by the cultural depth and diversity of both the UK and Japan. Her development in her movement has been a gradual exploration of both her collective and self-identity.




Starts: 3/4pm Thursday 31st March

Ends: 1pm Monday 4th April


£325 (incl accommodation)

£200 (without accommodation)

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/butoh-retreat-yumino-seki-tickets-228779394327

Info: felinganolretreats@gmail.com

Bed-linen £15pp or BYO - duvets, pillows & blankets included.

Only 3 places available.

Felinganol cabins are cosy and immersed in nature near the studio. They have electricity and heating. There re two showers & 2 compost toilets. There is a communal lodge for showering, cooking, making tea and a covered fire circle. We aspire to make as little impact on the environment as possible.