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"Embrace & Transform"

Jinen Butoh Workshop

You have a thousand hands.
These thousand hands are able to extend to the universe.
You deeply embrace everything.
Then you can transform into those all.
You embrace all existence of Life and Death.
- Atsushi Takenouchi

We are honoured to welcome you to 3 day intensive workshop; a deep dive into the ocean of life-giving dance, a journey of transformative Butoh dance with live music guided by the world known as Butoh master Atsushi Takenouchi and his companion and sound artist Hiroko Komiya. It is our greatest happiness to be able to host and share Takenouchi and Komiya´s workshop in Vienna this autumn, as their pathway of expression can share us closeness to life through the meeting of movement, art and nature.
This is a rare chance to get to know your own Butoh dance within the form of Jinen Butoh, with movement and sound coexisting side by side with each other.

Participation: Open for all who have the experience or curiosity of movement practices, art and nature. No previous experience is needed.


About Jinen:
“ Jinen is an old Japanese word. Its meaning encompasses ALL that is even larger than nature. In the West, “Man” exists above “Nature”, and maintains and protects it. Above Man, there is “God”. In other words, there is a separation between Nature, Man, and God. Jinen expresses the perception of the universe before such a separation occurred. In ALL things there lives god. God is the “Flow of the River of the Universe” that embraces the sun and moon, and the earth is the origin of the birthing of all Nature including Man. God lives within man, plants, animals, and even in man-made things like houses. Jinen is the word that describes the universe, its origin and its natural course. All things connect to this river and are part of the river of Jinen. Man generally receives beautiful forms from Nature, such as plants or animals. However, many forces of nature, such as huge earthquakes that I have experienced myself, destroy people, organisms and nature. This is the breath of this planet. This is also the swirl of the River of the Universe that embraces all life and death, light and dark.
This is Jinen. There is nothing Man can do. All that I was able to do after the earthquake was to live with the people who had encountered life and death and to pray and dance with them.


Inside Jinen, the helpless life force embrace life and death, feel that even such life and death are connected to all things, and dance a prayer. This view of nature has already existed in the art forms created by ancient people. Every life form performs the dance of life and death by being alive. All things are dancing with Jinen. Jinen Butoh is to join together with all the life that is already dancing, to dance with the flow of the universe that is Jinen. We remove the wall of consciousness that perceives dance as the individual “I” dancing. We are dancing with, and are danced by, the Jinen, accepting all the environment and conditions around us as Jinen.” - Atsushi Takenouchi

About Atsushi Takenouchi:
(Butoh dancer, choreographer )
Joined the Butoh dance company “Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company was "Takazashiki" (1984), which was worked on by Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi started his own theme “Jinen Butoh” in 1986, and created solo works “Itteki” and “Ginkan,” as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times, environments. He made a three-year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 site-specific improvisations (1996–1999). Since this time, he has been inspired by the spirit of the universe of Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration projects with dancers and actors in Italy, France, Poland, Spain, U.S.A., South America, and other countries. Joining in festivals such as Paris Butoh Festival, NY Butoh Festival, Avignon off Festival, etc, he has been presenting his solo pieces. At the same time, he also collaborates with film-makers. The recent work in Alaska and Hawaii, an environmental art film “Ridden by Nature” (by KiahKeya /2014) has received more than 20 film awards. (New York Int’l film festival 2016/ Martinique Int’l Film Festival 2015/ World Music & Independent Film Festival WMIFF 2016/ Polish Int’l Film Festival 2016/ Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival 2016/ and more ) official site & trailer>>>
After holding the 6month Butoh course from October 2014, he has started long-term JINEN Butoh school in Pontedera in Italy since October 2015.

About Hiroko Komiya:
(Musician; object sound, percussion and voice )
Expresses the sound from the air, space, movements, inner body, memory and transforms into the sound without bound melody or rhythm. Plays object sounds; stone, water, sea shells, toys, daily life objects and percussion; metal bowls, bells and voice. Her musical idea is to remind us there is a subtle hidden voice and whispering of each object themselves around us. She let them out in resonance with respect for them. Her sounds are said as if it’s blowing new life into the objects, and her expression evokes new sensations in the breath or movement of listeners. As for the voice, her voice arises from the inner body and brings back our lost memories. Since 1999, she regularly accompanies Butoh dance performances and workshops of Atsushi Takenouchi as a musician. Apart from dance, she collaborates also with film, sculptors, painters, poets, storyteller, costume designers, and various artists for exhibitions, installations, etc. The solo CD “Eau nouvelle“ was released in 2009 (sometimes studio/Paris).




Fr 9.12 > 14h - 18h

Sa 10.12 > 10h - 18h

Feldenkrais Institut Wien
Taborstraße 71, 1020 Wien


Su 11.12 > 10h - 18h
Das Lot

Absberggasse 31, 1100 Wien

250€ - Normal price from Nov 10

220€ - Normal price + bring a friend



Su 11.12 > 20h

Das Lot

Absberggasse 31, 1100 Wien

Duration: 30 Min
Tickets:  30/15 €


Das Lot Space

Absberggasse 31, 1100 Wien

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