Butoh Mutations


Dance, non-duality, and Butoh in London with Dominique Savitri Bonarjee

IN PERSON: Wednesdays, 19:30-21:00


Top Studio @ Colet House

This is the third series of the course. We will continue to work with dance as an inner movement linked to spiritual inquiry and embodied philosophies.

I call this method ‘Butoh Mutations’. Jean Gebser, scholar of consciousness and visionary thinker, uses the term ‘mutation’ to describe the emergence of dimensionality in ideas or forms.

Butoh Mutations builds upon the legacy of Japanese Butoh dance with both curiosity and reverence, respecting the work and practices of the dancers I’ve learned from and opening them up to unpredictable evolutions. The mutation also happens by incorporating elements from the knowledge traditions I’ve inherited. This includes Vedic mantra chants, Yogacara practices and the Daoist tradition of Tai-ch’i.

In the classes we combine these practices through free improvisation and choreographic experiments guided by the path of non-dual inquiry. Each class begins with a physical and/or vocal warm-up followed by dance exercises alone or in groups as well as opportunities to observe others’ work, sharing, performing and short discussions.

The Butoh classes in London are open to all ages (16 +) and abilities, no previous experience is necessary. You don’t need to have attended the first season to join. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in.

£15 per session / £10 Concessions, Study Society Members


Kirtan London with Šárka Elias at The Study Society

Dominique Savitri Bonarjee

Dominique Savitri Bonarjee is an artist and dance researcher. Through her practice and artworks, she engages with methods of listening to more-than-human forms of knowledge.

Between 2012-2015 Dominique lived in Japan where she pursued an oral-research project into Japanese Butoh dance, interviewing, learning from, and dancing with, a great number of teachers, including Ko Murobushi, Masaki Iwana, Natsu Nakajima and Yoshito Ohno.

Her book, recounting this journey of embodied research, will be published by Routledge in 2022. She is a doctoral researcher in the Art Department at Goldsmiths University of London and is currently training to become a Tai-ch’i and Qi-Gong instructor in the Wudang style.

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