Experiential Workshop: Butoh Dance for the Actor with Tanja Faylene Woloshen

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2-Day Experiential Workshop: Butoh Dance for the Actor with Tanja Faylene Woloshen
January 19 & January 20, 2019
10 am - 2 pm
Room W420 (Drama Studio), Centre for the Arts
Organized by the Department of Drama

This Butoh Dance workshop will encourage the actor to explore their somatic imagination as a source of artistic inquiry. Butoh allows performers to work presently in the moment and move through experiences of consciousness and sensation, while also stepping into the unknown parts of their beings. Participants will explore their body and mind connection through movement, and gain insight for possible character access. Introduction to Butoh history will be covered for context of lineage, and application.

Participants should wear baggy or comfortable clothing, to enable free expression. Workshop clothing without large images and/or advertisements is encouraged. Layers are suggested. The workshop will be done barefoot. Bring water, nut free snacks, and a notebook for yourself. All bodies are welcome.

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While on-campus, Tanja Faylene Woloshen will also be giving an artist talk at 3 pm on January 18 in W420.  We hope to see you there!

Artist Biography
Tanja Faylene Woloshen, is a contemporary dance artist and educator. Her dance works, and creative collaborations, have given her opportunities to perform across Canada, USA, and Europe. Last season, she was the Choreographer for Theatre Projects Manitoba’s World Premiere of “A Short History of Crazy Bone” (2018)- which garnered her a Winnipeg Theatre Award Nomination. She also debuted her newest work “Holy Wild” (2017). She is also on faculty with U Winnipeg, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and WHEAT (Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute). Tanja has studied with many Butoh masters: Vangeline (NYC), GooSayTen (Itto Morita), Joan Laage, Yoshito Ohno, Kokoro (Jay Hirabayashi), Minako Seki, Denise Fujiwara, Su-En, Yukio Waguri, Lori Otani, and Cheryl Flaharty. She continues to study, practice, and share the cosmos of this form.


Photo credit: Leif Norman

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This workshop is free, but spots are limited. 


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