Motoya Kondo (Motimaru)
Everything & Nothing – metamorphosing body-mind (Butoh)
Exploring the reality of body-mind,
Reconnecting with the vast space,
Allowing innate richness to flow,
Letting all the joys and sorrows dance,
Transforming personal experience into universal poems
Beyond dance, towards the evolution of existence.
“Vast empty space and innumerable splendour qualities”
When we encounter masterpiece ink-painting, traditional Japanese theatre Noh, Haiku poetry, Ikebana flower arrangement, butoh, and so on, not only the objects, shapes, or dancers attract us but the vast sense of empty space. At the same time, there is vibrance in such empty space and innumerable different splendour qualities manifest lively. This is not only about local Japanese culture, but rather revealing of the universal reality of existence through art.
Our everyday life passes, eating, working, or dancing, within a limited cage, burying enormously rich nature within each of us. Education, traditions, or even learning dance could mold various forms of cages. But as we observe forests carefully under the sky, so many varieties of forms and qualities of plants, flowers, stones, winds… astonish us. This workshop is an invitation to explore and encounter the sky and the forest within our body-mind, discovering unlimited movements and textures within us, and transforming the personal journey into a universal poem.
Motoya Kondo’s biography:
Born in Nagoya, Japan, choreographer, dancer, and co-founder of Motimaru Dance Company. From 2005 he had been studying butoh with Yoshito Ohno, son of Kazuo Ohno and worked as his assistant. After 2010 he has started field work researches of local and traditional dances in Japan, India, Nepal, Spain, and Bali, studied Balinese dance with Agun Anom Putra, I Made Djimat, and Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana. Since 2008, he has been immersed in the practice and study of Eastern contemplative traditions, particularly following the Tibetan traditions, and bridging between contemporary art practices and the age old wisdom. He has been performing and teaching in: Venezia Biennale 2010, 9th International Choreography Competition “No Ballet”, International Dance Festival Lucky Trimmer 2016, Hildesheim University, Leipzig University, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, etc., Europe, Asia, Australia in over 35 cities.
Dates and times:
April 29-May 3 and May 6-10
9:00 – 13:00
100 € registration fee
400 € total
In the same two weeks Thomas Hauert is teaching in the afternoons. You get a 15% discount for registering for both workshops.
Photo by Yozy Zhang