ButohOUT! Festival 2019

2-12 May 2019
Abbotsford Convent
Industrial  school

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(photo: Mifumi Obata)

(photo: Mifumi Obata)

What is Butoh?

Butoh, 舞踏, originally called Ankoku Butoh (Dance of Darkness) conceived in Japan during the late 50’s and early 60’s, during the social turmoil after the war sought to find an expression through dance. Rather than aspiring to an aesthetic ideal, the dance attempts to expose the joys and sorrows of life, exploring the most fundamental elements of physical and psychological existence. Read More→

(Photo: Brig Bee)

(Photo: Brig Bee)

History of ButohOUT!

Since its conception in 2017, ButohOUT! has continuously offered the unique collection of artistic and cultural activities designed to activate local communities in Victoria, initiating artistic and cultural exchange through the powerful performing arts medium, Butoh, a Japanese theatre and dance form, in the context of Australia landscape, culture and history. Read More→



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Weekly Butoh Workshop

Every Tue 12 March - 16 April
Abbotsford Convent

Facilitated by an acclaimed Japanese Australian Butoh dancer, choreographer and a creator of Butoh Cabaret Yumi Umiumare, participants will explore the fundamental method and discipline of Butoh – its philosophy and physical expression – within the framework of contemporary Japanese and Western physical theatre-making.

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Weekend Workshop -Breaking the Dark Mask
Butoh, Burlesque Theatre & Mask making

(Fri) 29, (Sat) 30 & (Sun) 31 March
Abbotsford Convent

This unique series of workshops will guide the participants to explore the interdisciplinary elements in Butoh, through Acting, Burlesque and Mask making sculptures, working with award winning guest artists, Maude Davey (Theatre director),  Willow J Conway (Miss Burlesque Australia 2016/17), and Pimpisa Tinpalit (Sculptor), facilitated by Yumi Umiumare.

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Weekend Butoh Intensive Workshop

(Fri) 5 April, (Sat) 6 April , (Sun) 7 April
Abbotsford Convent

Facilitated by an acclaimed Japanese Australian Butoh dancer and choreographer Yumi Umiumare, this workshop will introduce various Butoh philosophies and Yumi’s unique Butoh Cabaret methods, including characterisation, provocation, and transformation. Using what Yumi describes as ‘BodySpecific’ styles, she leads workshops to stimulate and uncover participants’ own unique and authentic movements, working through images, narrative and abstraction.

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Peek-A-Butoh Family Workshop

(Sat) 23 March
Session 1: 10-11am
Session 2: 11-12pm
Abbotsford convent - Oratory | Free Event

This is a taster workshop introducing Butoh in playful and family friendly ways. Step inside the playful and imaginative world of Japanese Butoh. Playing with everyday games like peekaboo and hide-and-seek, participants will jump headfirst into a world of transformation and shape-shifting, unleashing their inner animal, kook and spook inside and outdoors of Abbotsford Convent. 

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