Monthly Butoh teaching residency at The Living Gallery:
Butoh as Ghostly Practice, led by Jacquelyn Marie Shannon
All levels welcome, no dance or theatre training necessary.
Please register through either:
Paypal at https://www.paypal.me/JacquelynShannon/20
***trade-in-kind or sliding scale always available.
You can email Jacquelyn directly to make alternative arrangements. Jacquekynmarieshannon@gmail.com
“Basically, ‘butoh’ means to meander, or to move, as it were, in twists and turns between the realms of the living and the dead.” Kazuo Ohno
“Hush! Listen carefully, for the dead are whispering something. Can you feel they are inhabiting your fingertips?” Kazuo Ohno
This physical workshop will introduce the avant-garde Japanese dance form Butoh as a ghostly practice through an approach to performance as a liminal mode of consciousness that can be affectively apprehended as a haunted encounter. Together, we will use ritual and movement to explore a liminal space “between the realms of the living and the dead” where we can draw power, where our individual and collective truths and fictions coalesce into lived experience and expand into a transformative, extraordinary state of wonder, where possibility can be experientially encountered and re-membering can occur.
Emphasis will be on:
· Guided somatic exploration of spirit and sensation
· Presence and presencing
· Re-membering and unforgetting
· Symptomatic evidence/felt appearances/signals of encounter
· Boundary-work (liminality, blurring, opening, crossing, closing)
· The pleasure of touch and its relationship to loss
· Vision and synesthetic awareness
· Affective transference & empathic listening
· Channeling & movement-mediumship
· Suspension and release
Jacquelyn Marie Shannon is a performance and ritual artist, choreographer and teacher heavily influenced by Butoh, avant-garde theatre, spiritualism, and the nostalgic mythos and mysticism of the south. She holds a graduate degree from Indiana University where she studied Butoh and other expressive modalities through theories of affect, performance and visual and embodied poetics. Since her introduction to Butoh in 2006, Jacquelyn is thankful to have studied under a variety of master teachers, with particular gratitude to Anastazia Louise Aranaga, Diego Piñón, and Vangeline, and has produced and performed both solo and ensemble-based work across the US. Her current projects explore spaces of exchange and impossibility between haunting and corporeality and magic and materiality through living installation, ritual and multi-media performance with an emphasis on the affective, precarious, poetic body. She recently completed a second graduate degree in Educational Theatre at NYU and continues to research Butoh and other performance modalities as poetic equipment for living, for manifesting radical possibility, and for personal and social transformation.