MomoButopia Bay Area Tour ~ March 2013

Posted by on February 11, 2013 in momobutoh dance company | 2 comments

Tues BuToh MasTer Class &
“Snake Patrick’s Night Oracle”
Performance in SF Bay Area with Maureen Momo Freehill 

photo ~ corey raimond

March 17 PERFORMANCE in SF Mission  
March 19 Master CLASS in Berkeley

Class Tuesday 6-9pm ~ $35-$80                                     Performance Sunday 7:30pm $10-12

~details on fees & locations below~ 

Exploring the Sensual & Imaginal Body with Performance as Deep Personal & Community Metaphor

For this MASTER CLASS: Maureen emphasizes principles & practices from the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, including lessons from both Kazuo & Yoshito Ohno. She is honored to be passing on this lineage & integrating these profound teachings with her own inquiries based in bio-mimicry, sensation, imagination & sacred life arts.

Participants will have opportunity to experience the body as universal material & metaphor, discover personal mytho-poetry for movement in relationship with space, body & others. Each dancer will leave with a “tool kit” of intermodal art practices (movement, voice, drawing, writing) and an exemplary personal repertoire mined from his/her own body & soul that can be developed into performance material if desired. This class is a launching pad wherein Maureen will coach participants in defining & embodying their hearts desires & soul callings into meaningful day to day actions. 

$35/per class pre-reg ~~~$45 at door


Master Class Locations:

East Bay Class on March 19th @ 6-9pm at LUNA Dance Institute 605 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

“Snake Patrick’s Night Oracle”  BUTOH & EMBODIED VOICE PERFORMANCE with Maureen Freehill presented by BARE BONES BUTOH @  Studio 210 ~ 3435 Cesar Chavez St at Mission in San Francisco ~~ 7pm door ~7:30pm start~~ Featuring Hiroko Tamano, Christa Ray & Deborah Koff-Chapin   $10 adv  $12 at door  Use PayPal button below.

Contact Maureen Freehill for Reg/TIX by PayPal & Class/Performance INFO ~~~~momo @ butopia dot net 206-855-5836 ~~~~~~

Contact Shoshana for INFO on Class Location 415-318-9524~~~

OPEN TO ALL LEVELS of Experience

Maureen’s BIO: 

Maureen “Momo” Freehill, MFA has over 30 years experience as a performer, educator & director of Embodied Arts and is recognized internationally for her innovative ways of crafting intercultural & intermodal performance as a vehicle for personal & global awakening. As Artistic Director of MomoButoh Dance Company she created the YearOfButoh project ( making a butoh dance performance & film every day for 17 months. She is a LifeArtMastery Instructor and Personal Mentor for DailyDance™ & butoh practice internationally (; her work has been seen & studied across the globe including appearances at Butoh Festivals in Seattle, Vancouver BC, California, North Carolina, Colorado & Dublin. She holds an MFA in Directing Asian Performance (U of HI) and is a certified Hypnotherapist & Yoga Teacher specializing in Ariel Yoga. She began her deepest LifeArt inquiry in 1994 when she met, studied, performed & eventually toured with her primary teacher Kazuo Ohno, including more than 5 years living in Japan. She continued further training & performance projects with Yoshito Ohno, Anna Halprin, Madame Shen Xiomei (Bejing Opera), Hideo Kanze (Noh), Katsura Kan, Koichi & Hiroko Tamano, Kitaro (Musician), Haruko Nishimura of Degenerate Art Ensemble, PAN, Akira Kasai, Pina Bausch Company members, Diego Pinon & Tadashi Endo among many others.

Maureen directed a Seattle College Theater Department, has been Artist in Residence & presented butoh trainings at many USA Universities; is an active member of DAIPANButoh Collective that produces the Seattle Butoh Festival; and founded a 700+ member international on-line network for butoh enthusiasts. Maureen is now Artistic & Founding Director of BUTOPIA: Pacific Northwest Center for Embodied Arts in Nature where she designed & built the 11-sided Sanctuary Of Moving Arts (SOMA) ( that opened on 11/11/11 for Artist Residencies, Personal & Group Retreats, Land Based Trainings & Performances on Whidbey Island, WA near Seattle.

photo nobuko shiga

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  1. How did this go? I’d be interested in hearing about it 🙂

    • Very well, thanks for your interest & inquiry Neko…The weather was gorgeous fresh spring sunshine & full moon time! I saw the new Oakland Bay Bridge LED artwork from a ferry. I learned two new snake dance/yoga forms from two beautiful goddesses. I was so graciously hosted by new friends and able to attend the inspiring bi-annual conference of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. I made the premiere performance of “Snake Patrick’s Night Oracle” with Butoh master Hiroko Tamano; Christa Ray with Shamanic Voice and Deborah Koff-Chapin Touch Drawing. It was an honor to be welcomed by BareBones Butoh’s Bob Webb at Studio 210 in the Mission. We had a very fine audience for that one as well as the next one hosted by Margit Galanter in Oakland. Then there was also a great turnout for the workshop I led about Kazuo & Yoshito Ohno’s butoh lineage thanks to the producing support of the wonderful Shoshona Green! On top of all that, Antero & Sylvi Alli treated me to their favoroite lovely Indian buffet lunch! Yummy all around I would say. 🙂

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