Weekend Workshop - Breaking the Dark Mask-
Butoh, Burlesque Theatre& Mask making with
Maude Davey, Willow J Conway & Pimpisa Tinpalit
facilitated by Yumi Umiumare
So you think you can’t dance?
We can all dance with hidden desire, making untold stories or shaping unknown masks in Butoh styles! This unique weekend workshop will guide participants to explore interdisciplinary elements in Butoh, through acting, burlesque and mask-making.
Workshop facilitator Yumi Umiumare along-side three award winning guest artists, Maude Davey (Theatre director), Willow J Conway (Miss Burlesque Australia 2016/17), Pimpisa Tinpalit (Sculptor) will guide participants to search for and celebrate their own personal darkness, transforming this via positive catharsis and laughter, creating their own Australian Butoh-aesthetic.This is a one-of-a-kind workshop whimsically merging art with Butoh, theatre and visual arts and beyond.
Originally called ‘Dance of Darkness’, Butoh has had many idiosyncratic interpretations globally. In this workshop, participants have the rare chance to experiment with these concepts and work through diverse aspects of Butoh,
We will open individual unknown territories through ‘forbidden laughter’. The word for laughter in Japanese, warau 笑う comes from the verb wareru 割れる- to break, crack or split. These expert artists will guide participants to experiment with diverse facets and qualities of expression, exploring their individual darkness, lightness and laughter —cracking into the unknown and expanding the understanding of Butoh.