4/17, 2-6pm: Butoh Improvisation Workshop

Butoh Improvisation: Image as Source for Movement

a workshop with PHCA artist-in-residence Sharoni Stern Siegel
Saturday April 17, 2-6pm
Investment: $20

In this workshop we will explore internally and externally derived imagery as the body’s catalyst for transformation. We will focus on both traditional Butoh notation from the lineage of Hijikata, as well as more contemporary or culturally appropriate images as notation. Some sources will include dreams and memories, poetry, visual art, music and nature. Melding improvisation and form, animal and human, past and future, we make room for discovering the richness, gravity and quality of movement that is embedded in Butoh.

Sharon Stern Siegel is a performer, choreographer, director and teacher. Last year she received her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. There she created several original multi-media works for the theatre, and apprenticed under Barbara Dilley in the contemplative dance group, dESolAte DeLIghT. For the last few years she has been dancing with and assisting Butoh dance master Katsura Kan in the creation of several original works – most recently Luminous Emptiness, an adaptation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead at Naropa University. She has also performed solo pieces at the San Francisco Butoh Festival and Bare Bones Butoh as well as a duet with Syzygy Butoh. Sharon is currently working on a full-length ensemble-generated performance entitled “Aleh,” in residency at the Packing House Center for the Arts. She is an avid swing and blues dancer, as well as an advanced-certified yoga practitioner.

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