Butoh Dance Workshop on Sunday

In this workshop, Yumi Umiumare introduces the basic philosophy and physical exercises in Butoh dance discipline.

Participants will explore:

  • Body presence-exploring 'being' and focusing on spatial elements, both internal and external.
  • Gravity-experiencing energy from inside and outside
  • Accumulations-building physical momentum
  • 'Ma' -finding active blankness and sense of emptiness
  • Body narrative-using own impulse to map the movements

At the end of the workshops, participants have the option to create a short piece as a conclusion to the process.
No dance experience required.

Butoh was conceived in Japan during the 60's as a reaction against the traditional values of western ballet. Butoh seeks to find an expression through dance and movement for the visible and invisible state of life. Rather than aspiring to an aesthetic principle, the dance attempts to expose joy and sorrows of life through the Butoh Spirit, exploring the most fundamental elements of physical and psychological existence.
Butoh has a literal translation of BU - dance TOH - stomping, earlier it was named Ankoku Butoh (the Dance of Darkness).

Since the 1970's, Butoh became a major provocation and influence worldwide in contemporary dance. It has evolved into many diverse philosophies since, and, today it remains as a potent tool for performance and performance making.

'In Butoh, dance is connected to the forces that come from the center of the earth and simply pass through the body. The dancer is not doing movement; the movement is coming through them.'-

Akaji Maro (DaiRakudakan)

Yumi Umiumare

Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi  is the only Japanese born Butoh dancer in Australia and the creator of original Butoh Cabaret works. Originally a member of the seminal Butoh Company DaiRakudakan in Tokyo, she moved to Australia in 1993.

Yumi has appeared in numerous dance, theatre and film productions through out Australia Japan, Europe, and Eastern Asia. Her award winning productions include Fleeting Moment, Tokyo DasSHOKU Girl, DasSHOKU Hora!! She also performs in the smash-hit Burlesque Hour (Finucane&Smith), and in Burning Daylight (Marrugeku), indigenous dance theatre show and How could you even begin to understand? with Tony Yap. In 2009, Yumi created EnTrance, an acclaimed one-woman multimedia work
Her choreography credits include Ngapartji Ngapartji, Girls on Boys, and Once Upon A Midnight, an Australian Japanese rock'n'roll musical.

Yumi teaches Butoh regularly and curates BBO(Beyond Butoh) series-Butoh mini festival with Tony Yap in Melbourne.

Dates: 11/4, 18/4, 25/4, 2/5, 9/5

Times: 10am - 1pm

Costs: $120/$150 for 5 sessions

Contact: Yumi E:   or   or phone 0413 454 531