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Butoh: the Crucible of Body and Mind

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One -day workshop with Vangeline

at : Zen Center of New York City • Fire Lotus Temple
500 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-875-8229 • E-mail: •

Developed in post-World War II Japan, butoh is a performance form characterized by the deep investigation of impermanence,
authentic expression, and letting go. Butoh as a body practice
is about “revealing” rather than “showing.” In the same way that we reveal the mind to ourself through single-pointed concentration in zazen, in butoh, we reveal our mind through mindful repetition and physical engagement, transforming our shadow and unveiling our most authentic selves. So we can take this practice as a wonderful opportunity to practice concentration, regardless of our surrounding circumstances.

Vangeline’s Butoh classes incorporate Japanese Butoh, elements of Noguchi gymnastics, and
guided imagery to offer a high-energy workshop adapted to each group’s level of physical fitness.

About the Instructor: Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (NYC), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. She was born in Bourgogne, France, and moved to New York in 1993.

Please visit for more about the retreat and the instructor.
Suggested donation: $75 ($65 for MRO Students)