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Butoh workshop "BREATH" with Butoh Master Atsushi Takenouchi in New York with live music

  • Cameo Studios 307 West 43rd Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)
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Butoh workshop BREATH with Butoh Master Atsushi Takenouchi hosted by New York Butoh Institute with live music

Experience a wonderful Butoh workshop led by Butoh Master Atsushi Takenouchi, with live accompaniment by his partner Hiroko Komiya.

A rare butoh experience!


Friday June 23, 6-9pm SOLD OUT!

Saturday, June 24, 1-7pm SOLD OUT!

Sunday, June 25, 1-8pm   SOLD OUT!




307 West 43rd Street corner of 8th Avenue in Manhattan

Atsushi Takenouchi JINEN Butoh workshop


Breath is essential for all the lives. The earth is also breathing through hundreds millions year. We can find many different breath in this world. Breath of animals. Breath of stones. Breath of lights... In this workshop, we use breath which is a starting point for all existence as a theme. For example, primitive life like amoeba breathes very quietly, and its breath has stability and no big change. This breath is going to be changed through long evolution. For example, when they eat or when they are followed by other life, the breath can be changed according to the different situation. And after more remarkable evolution, when the life become more active and start using their brain, there are more variety in breathing like restrained breath and intense breath.  At the same time , we can find that a change of emotion is also related to breath directly.

 The movement which can be found from breath is not formed from outside, but shaped from inside of all the lives very naturally. In other words, the movements coming out through breath is a good indication to find the shape of life which exists inside of the life.

 In Butoh movement, breath is a very important essence. This time, we are going to find new various movements which come out through breathing.

Atsushi Takenouchi   

(Butoh dancer , choreographer) 

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Photo by Wardemar

Joined the butoh dance company “Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company was "Takazashiki" (1984), which was worked on by butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi started his own theme “Jinen Butoh” in 1986, and created solo works “Itteki” and “Ginkan,” as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times, environments. He made a three-year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 site-specific improvisations (1996–1999). Since this time, he has been inspired by the spirit of the universe ofKazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration projects with dancers and actors in Italy, France, Poland, Spain, U.S.A., South America, and other countries. Joining in festivals such as Paris Butoh Festival, NY Butoh Festival, Avignon off Festival, etc, he has been presenting his solo pieces. At the same time, he also collaborates with film makers. The recent work in Alaska and Hawaii, an environmental art film “Ridden by Nature” (by KiahKeya /2014) has received more than 20 film awards. (New York Int’l film festival 2016/ Martinique Int’l Film Festival 2015/ World Music & Independent Film Festival WMIFF 2016/ Polish Int’l Film Festival 2016/ Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival 2016/ and more ) 

 After holding the 6month Butoh course from October 2014, he has started long term JINEN Butoh school in Pontedera in Italy since October 2015.


Hiroko Komiya

( Musician; object sound, percussion and voice )     

Creates sounds from various objects, like water, stones and metal bowls and voice. Her music is designed to let the sound come naturally from each object, instrument, as if they are breathing and whispering of each life. She regularly accompanies Butoh dance performance by Atsushi Takenouchi.  Her solo CD “ eau nouvelle “ was released in 2009 (sometimestudio/Paris).