This workshop will provide an immersion in BODY WEATHER principles alongside elements of BUTOH training.

Body Weather is a broadbased, comprehensive physical training which cultivates a conscious relation to the state of constant change inside and outside the body. It is an open investigation that can be relevant for anyone interested in exploring the body.

Butoh arose in the 1950's, but references origins in ancient Japan. It is a contemporary dance form emphasising images, which explore extremities and transform the body.

The workshop introduces participant to three different areas of the practice which vary between high-energy work and more quiet meditative sessions:-

MB (Muscles><Bones / Mind><Body) - a dynamic and rhythmic work-out which includes aerobic and anaerobic exercises to develop strength, coordination and a vibrant, physical grounding.

Manipulations - a series of precise forms concerned with stretching and alignment on the basis of breath and weight.

Ground Work - a wide variety of exercises to sharpen sensorial focus and to develop sensitivity, awareness and the scope of expression through the body.

Participants should be aware that this work is NOT THERAPY OR HEALING.

Body Weather was founded by butoh dancer Min Tanaka andhis Mai-Juku Performance Co in Japan. This intensive workshop will be led by Tess de Quincey who was a dancer with Mai-Juku 1985-91. Tess introduced the Body Weather philosophy and methodology into Australia in 1988 and has developed the training further through her work in Europe, India and Australia.
Body Weather is the basis of her performance practice and underlies the work of De Quincey Co.

Date: Friday 17 August - Sunday 19 August
Time: Friday 6pm - 9pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm.

Where: Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse Cost: Full $240, Dancehouse Members $200

To book: 03 9347 2860 or email

Participants should bring a yoga mat (if not Dancehouse can provide), pen and paper and a change of clothes.

BOOKINGS are essential as places are limited so please register as soon as possible to ensure your place on the workshop. To book, contact Dancehouse. A brief biography outlining your age, background and experience as well as detailing any previous injuries is to be provided. Full payment must be made a week before partaking in the workshop.