Teachers

Tebby RAMASIKE, a South African choreographer, dancer, dance teacher & researcher and cultural activist, arrived in Europe in 1995 after working with different theatre and dance companies in South Africa and abroad. He travelled extensively during a period of research and collaborations. As a dancer he worked with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers. Trained in different forms of dance and self-taught in African dance, after he had been told that his dance works were in a form of Butoh, which at that time, his dance works were mainly influenced by Kabuki theatre and dramatics, he came across the real Butoh through Carlotta Ikeda eventually discovering how elements of his dance works were related to Butoh, he went further to work with other Butoh practitioners, such as Atsushi Takenouchi, Yoshito Ohno, Sayoko Onishi, to mention but a few, in addition to a number of African dance teachers he worked with, like Germaine Acogny, Kofi Koko and other. In his dance career he was nominated and won a number of prestigious choreography and dance awards. In 1999 he founded TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO), renamed TeBogO Dance – TBO, which since its inauguration has been invited to perform and teach in countries such as Japan, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg and Poland. A holder of a Master of Choreography degree from the Dance Unlimited Programme at ArtEZ in Arnhem (The Netherlands,) he was the first recipient of the internationalchoreography bursary from the Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust and subsequently the Creative Arts Foundation. In 2002 he became a member of World Dance Alliance -Europe and currently he is a member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council (CID). Currently, he is working on an interactive multidisciplinary crossover collaborative project.
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“I’m a dancer. But I am an observer before that, including myself”.

Having finished studies in Fine Arts of Drama, Michiyasu Furutani started his new way in Butoh in 1995. His main teacher was Kaita Masaru, a second generation Butoh dancer, who after leaving Dairakudakan has created his own company “Zokutyou no tabi”. Michiyasu Furutani was a member of butoh groups Daizuko Farm, SAL VANILLA and YAN-SHU. Later he started his solo career as a Butoh dancer and participated in numerous projects with various stage directors, film-makers, artists and musicians. Recently he moved to Berlin, and develops himself experimenting in Butoh, modern, contact, classic and improvisation techniques to find a new expression way. sieteydos.tumblr.com  >Photo: Nozomi Matsumoto

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. cargocollective.com/yukocokaseki

 

Özlem Cosen is a professional actress from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. She also holds a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Bielefeld and was a Fulbright Scholar in the United States. Her involvement in Butoh started in New York. During her acting training, she additionally extensively studied Butoh with Vangeline, attended workshops by Tetsutro Fukuhara and Katsuro Kan. Since 2011 in collaboration with Judith Revers, she started an ongoing video-Butoh performance piece called "Trace". Her acting and her practice of Butoh go hand in hand. As an actress she has been a guest performer at the Volksbühne Berlin, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Deutsches Theater Berlin.

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Marina Epp was born in 1978 in Kyrgyzstan, former Soviet Union, and grew up in Germany, NRW. Since 2006 she has been living and working in Berlin as a freelance media designer and stage artist. During her early days as a theater actress, she has become aware of Butoh and has subsequently sought ways to explore this art intensively. Since 2010 she works regularly with Masaki Iwana at the Maison du Butoh Blanc, France. Her performances has been shown in France, Italy and Germany. nIn Tatwerk, Berlin, Marina Epp offers a physical training. Currently she is working with other Butoh artists on different projects: – “The Intensity of Nothingness”, workshop with Masaki Iwana, November 2014, Berlin, – Performances: “REN” (solo), – “Mnimonia Waltz” (duet with Ioannis Mitsos).

 

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. After Rebellion des Körpers, the first Butoh festival in Europe (Berlin, 1986) she founded tatoeba-teatre 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. www.minakoseki.com

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