Just as you can read the age of a tree from the rings in a tree trunk, you can ‘read’ a life in a human body. The body is a living and ever transforming sculpture, shaped by life itself. Butoh is a dance of transformation that originates from the friction between opponent forces. The butoh dancer knows how to connect with this energy and to move with it – be moved by it. What evolves is authentic expression and original being.

The Butoh Lab offers a space to practice skills and share experiences, as well as to actively and collectively research what is butoh today and to explore its legacy out of its former historical context. The Lab is open to every-body regardless previous knowledge or experience with dance or butoh. We welcome all levels, gender, ages and body-types. The Lab is guided throughout the year by various artists who share their butoh or butoh-minded practice and place individual accents on the content of the Lab.
A lab usually starts with arriving in the space and exploring basic exercises (ex. standing in presence, walking, body awareness, breathing, tension-release, sculpture of time, conscious moving – being moved by, ….) that will then be deepened through improvisations nourished by poetic stimuli. We make time for a sharing circle or questions at the end of the session.

Tictac Art Centre, Small Studio


The following Tuesday evenings:
January 9 – 16 – 23 – 30: with Célia Rorive
February 6 – 13 – 20: with Emilie de Vlam
February 27, March 5: NO Butoh lab
March 12 – 19 – 26: with Emilie de Vlam
April 2 and 9: NO Butoh Lab

About the last 10 sessions of the spring 2024
April 16 – 23 – 30 + May 7 – 14: with Rebecca Lenaerts
Rebecca Lenaerts is a performance artist with a background in theatre, strongly inspired by the practice and philosophy of Butoh Dance. She has been training with Iwana Masaki, Motoya Kondo, Yoshito Ohno and many others. For the Butoh Lab she will focus on the creation of a small collective performance which we will present during Crude Saturday, May 18th. We will use the painting ‘Christina’s World’ by Andrew Weyth and the topic of home(coming) as our starting point.

May 21 – 28 + June 4 – 11 with : Milton Paulo
Milton Paulo is beside a performer, also a practitioner in meditation, somatic therapist in Thai Yoga Massage, Movement and Trauma Releasing. For the Butoh Lab he will take us on a journey inside our body, inspired by the universal law of correspondence “As above, so below”. We will explore the dialogue between our organs, heart, spine, fluids and bones in relation with the outside world.

June 18 : Butoh Jam with Live Music

18:30 – 21.00

Free Price. Choose what you can pay with a minimum of 10€ per Lab.

Information and Registration:
To participate no registration is needed. You just need to arrive in time, the doors of Tictac are open between 18:00 and 18:30.

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Moving with the invisble