February 2015 archive

Journey of the Spiritual Dancing Body

Afro-Butoh workshop with Tebby W.T. Ramasike took place in Berlin in the end of February 2015. During 4 sunny days our dancing bodies were undergoing transformations, creating realities of our dreams and resonating with strong African vibes.

Thank you, dear Tebby and all the participants!

Photos&drawings: Saverio Tonoli Adamo

Initiation… transformation… healing

Incredible power of expression, dramatic, affecting… drawing us into another realm, where not only personage of Butoh performance of Tebby W.T. Ramasike, but also we, spectators, feels like having undergone a cleansing initiation… to heal the suffering and the pain of the spirit of all the people.  We were chosen to be there, to share this powerful ceremony and to be blessed within it…

IN SEARCH OF A SOUL: A Blind Man’s Cry … the appeal,
Butoh performance of Tebby W.T. Ramasike

Photo: Saverio Tonoli Adamo

The solo “IN SEARCH OF A SOUL: A Blind Man’s Cry … the appeal” which Tebby W.T. Ramasike performed in Berlin in February, was premiered at the Butoh Dance Festival at Espace Culturel Bertin Poirée de TENRI, in Paris, France, in 2011. The piece is the 3rd part of a collective dance journal in the frames of the ongoing interactive, multidisciplinary project, under the work title, “WALKING THROUGH: A Journey … A Memory … A Recollection … The Meeting”.

After an appeal of the gods/ancestors to a man, he is commanded to take a ritualistic journey to undergo a cleansing initiation, in order to heal the suffering and the pain of the spirit of his people. He is the chosen one to symbolically represent the chief and the society.

Tebby W.T. RAMASIKE, a South African choreographer, dancer, dance teacher/researcher and cultural activist, founder of TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO) aka TeBogO Dance – TBO, a member of World Dance Alliance – Europe (WDA) and UNESCO’s International Dance Council (CID). He was trained from the young age in different styles of dance. Though having Master of Arts Degree in Choreography, Tebby continues researching and studying extensively. He has worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers and different theatre and dance companies in South Africa, Europe and USA. Currently Tebby W.T. Ramasike resides in the Netherlands and teaches and performs internationally.

Photo: Claude Kolz


Greetings from Yumiko Yoshioka

It may come to a tradition… Last year we have posted a poetic newsletter of a dancer, choreographer and art director Yumiko Yoshioka, who usually spends winter months far away from Berlin, in her homeland, Japan. This year we cannot avoid sharing it again – intimate and at the same time global, embracing the world in empathy and compassion. Below you will also find information of this summer Butoh dance -eXchange and Performance Festival, co-directed by Yumiko Yoshioka.

Dear friends,

I hope this mail finds you well with a joy and a fresh start for 2015.

I am now in Tokyo, being busy with this and that,
yet enjoy the stay in my hometown,
meeting with my friends and family,
eating and cooking Japanese food,
walking and training in a park nearby,
endless discovery in my daily life.


Butoh scenes in a restaurant

Shooting for a film project of Thomas Bröse took place last weekend at Club der polnischen Versager.

Butoh Channel Berlin helped within the organization, inviting the artists and keeping a “photo”-eye keen during the action.

Film presentation will be announced later. Video will be partly available on Butoh Channel Berlin.

Starring: Macoto Inagawa (4RUDE), Anita Callaghan, Michiyasu Furutani, Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, Marina Epp, Sergio Serrano, Jorge Osuna Sanchez.

Filmmaker: Thomas Bröse

Photos: MiY