Shinichi Iova-Koga

Butoh Workshop

afternoon workshop
3 pm - 6pm
July 8-12

The culture and training of each individual infuses Butoh dance with vital new perspectives and flavors.
Digging into self-formation and history ripens the dancer’s transformation process.
The first steps towards transformation exist in time.

Suspend, extend and compress the temporal experience with physical precision and imagistic fluidity
to open the potential of the moment.

Complex and nuanced forces shape the gesture, arising without force.
The pathway of the eyes beckons the next move.

Exercises develop energy-efficient motion and connectivity to build clarity and stability.
With this foundation, enter the chaotic stream of images and impulses.
Become wild.

Let go of rigid logic.
Enter the unknowable dance.

Shinichi Iova-Koga

Shinichi Iova-Koga serves as the Artistic Director of the physical theater and dance company inkBoat, founded by Shinichi in 1998. He has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, collaborating with local artists. inkBoat and Shinichi have been honored by awards and grants, including 6 Bay Area “Izzie” awards and grants from NEA, MAP fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, California Arts Council, Rainin Foundation, Creative Work Fund, and Gerbode Foundation. He is the editor of the book “95 Rituals,” a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to “The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.” He is featured in the book “Butoh America.”

Shinichi teaches annually at ImpulsTanz in Vienna and at various other locations in Europe and the USA. He served as a full time core faculty member of the MFA Dance program at Mills College in Oakland from 2009 to 2017 and continues to teach as a visiting professor at various Universities. Over the last few years he has taught at UC Davis, Bath University (U.K.), UC Berkeley, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) and Stanford University.

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