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The Difference Butoh Makes: Skills and Creativity Training for the Contemporary Actor-Creator

By Frances Barbe (Australia)

This work-demonstration explores butoh-inspired structures for improvisation intended to assist performers in skills training and creative processes. It presents exercises as opportunities for self-observation and the chance to expand range. It also considers butoh’s potential for uncovering the complexity of the interaction at the heart of theatre and performance between a performer’s inner-world, their chosen outer-form and their spectator’s meaning-making mechanism

  • What does it mean to be “convincing” or “authentic” in performance, particularly in heightened and non-naturalistic work? 

  • What does butoh, which arose from dance-trained pioneers, have to offer the contemporary theatre actor in terms of psycho-physical skills and creativity?
Earlier Event: November 29
Deconstruct and Reimagine
Later Event: November 30
To Gather. Together.