Dancing at the Edge of the Skin
Dance, non-duality, and Butoh in London with Dominique Savitri Bonarjee
IN PERSON: Wednesdays, 19:30-21:00
Top Studio @ Colet House
Starting January 26th until March 30th (10 weeks as a course or drop-in)
This course builds upon the legacy of Japanese Butoh dance through somatic dance practice, Tai-ch’i, free improvisation and choreographic experiments. Springing from the spiritual problem of ‘who am I?’, a fundamental question in the path of non-dual self-inquiry, this course unravels the inquiry through movement and dance rather than analysis or language. In this physical practice of self-inquiry we focus on a process of ‘attuning’ to what is beyond the limits of the skin and the perceived self: how can we allow our bodies to be danced?
Each class begins with a physical and 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 (18 +) and abilities, no previous experience is necessary.
£15 per session / £7.50 Study Society members
£120 for ten week course / £60 Study Society members
Dominique Savitri Bonarjee
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.