Yuko Kaseki is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Berlin. She began her study of Butoh dance with Anzu Furukawa, a soloist of DAIRAKUDA-KAN during the 1970s, and became the primary dancer in Furukawa’s companies Dance Butter Tokio and Verwandlungsamt. She founded the dance company cokaseki with Marc Ates in 1995. Solo-, ensemble performances, collaborations and improvisations are performed throughout Europe, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the U.S. Long collaboration with inkBoat (SF), also CAVE (NY), Tableau Stations (SF), Theater Thikwa (Berlin) and others. She organizes and performs improvisation series “AMMO-NITE GIG Vol.48-” with international performers and musicians. Award: “Ame to Ame” received “the Best Ensemble Performance” by Isadora Duncan Dance Award, San Francisco, USA. Nominations: “Kudan” by Toyota Choreography Award in Tokyo, Japan. “Tooboe” by “Outstanding Production”, The Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2007 in Toronto, Canada. “Let My Fish Loose” by “no-ballet, International Dance Competition 2007”, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Moti – movements of the origin. Maru – ship travelling in metamorphose between truth and fantasy, life and death. Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo (Japan) and Tiziana Longo (Italy). They both have trained at Kazuo Ohno dance Studio and worked and performed together with Yoshito Ohno, the son of Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of the Japanese avant-garde movement butoh. Motimaru investigate through dance the deepest nature of the human beings and questioning the connection between body and mind, the essence of our true nature. Their dance approach and training method has been enriched further by the anthropological research of ritual and sacred dances of Japan, Nepal, India, Tibet. The company is based in Berlin since 2010.

Considered one of the most acclaimed Butoh performers in Japan today –  Masaki Iwana is a rarity in that he still maintains the original Butoh spirit, having begun his dance career outside the “butoh genealogy” in 1975. Until 1982 he presented 150 experimental performances in which he stood straight, completely naked and perfectly still. Since then, in Europe as well as Japan, Iwana has presented his performances and workshops continuously – and has created works built on his sharpened aesthetic in more than 100 cities and 40 countries around the world. Iwana represents the institute for the research of Butoh – La Maison du Butoh Blanc, based in southern Normandy in France. In 2008 he produced and created the theatrical film Vermilion Souls, following this with A Summer Family in 2010, and Princess Betrayal in 2012.

Minako Seki, dancer, choreographer and teacher. Founder of the Minako Seki Company. Founder and director of reEnter | creative dojo: Center for Performing Arts & Holistic Creation, which is being established in a natural environment close to Berlin. Minako Seki belongs to the third generation of Butoh dancers and is widely considered as of one the pioneers of Butoh in Germany. AfterRebellion des Körpers, the first Butoh festival in Europe (Berlin, 1986) she founded tatoeba-téâtre danse grotesque in Berlin. Her dance is based on Butoh, physical theatre and contemporary forms of dance, she named her dance style “Dancing Between”, the “between” is giving her endless possibilities to create movements. In her pieces she deals with consciousness and unconsciousness, describes emotional states of being and the limits of reality and illusion. During the last twenty years Minako Seki improved her own body technique and teaching method and combined both in the SEKI METHOD. She is teaching all over the world and is showing her productions in Europe, USA, South-America, Japan.

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  1. dara
    30th October 2014 at 10:30 pm


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