SOMA Songs

Voice and song are the newest conscious layers to  DailyDance practice at Butopia. This month I entered the space of SOMA (Sanctuary of Moving Arts) and/or the LAND here at Butopia seeking specific teachings and to deepen my relationship and understanding of our plant relatives. The trees have been especially strong. Alder, Douglas Fir, Cedar, Madrona and Yew have all shown up to dance and sing with me during December. Today Aloe Vera and Sea...

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Spawning Practice

“Butoh plays with time and also perspective….If we humans learn to see things from the perspective of an animal, an insect, even inanimate objects, the road trodden everyday is alive–we should value everything.” –Tatsumi Hijikata A surprise discovery on the wild Stehekin River–little Sockeye Kokanee Salmon are spawning freely! Such an inspiration in preparation for our 11/11/11 dance to honor the salmon...

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Meetings with Remarkable Beings

Each day holds opportunity to cultivate lasting connection, awareness and memories that can nourish and sustain us for a lifetime. This photo is of one of those precious meetings with my beloved Sensei Kazuo Ohno. We were in Venice Italy for his performance at the Biennale; just after this photo was taken pigeons landed on his shoulders and, as usual, he danced with delight and delicacy. Although butoh is often sourced from areas of stress,...

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a clearing

“For a dancer, God is SPACE.” -Yoshito Ohno Before there can be anything, there must be a clearing. In this clearing a11 creation is possible. This is true for butoh as it is for life. We may have tried and tried to “make” something happen and then one day; one moment, it just was clear. The gratitude I feel for finally beginning to realize this 20+ year dream of creating a butoh dance sanctuary is immense. It is...

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Significant Other Practice

“Significant Others” Workshop in Boulder “Significant Other” (S.O.) is one of the MomoButoh training practices. It is a way of revealing the soul through the flesh and spontaneously devising meaningful improvisational dance & choreography. It intentionally enhances relationships with a11 beings through active artful engagement and conscious exchange of energy. These Others could be living human beings; any beings in...

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momma bear love

“Anyway, what’s the purpose of our being here? Ultimately, aren’t we here to link hearts?” Kazuo Ohno – Maureen Freehill’s sensei One of the many things I learned from dancing daily for YearOfButoh in 2009, was that the dance practices that were most meaningful for me were the ones in which I was able to express something that I felt strongly about. On the days I was not inspired to dance, I danced...

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