Seattle Butoh Fest 2017

2017-02-12-16-17-34Please join us for performances, workshops and a photo exhibit of Bruce Tom photos. This years festival bring Japanese butoh dancer Ken Mai and Compañía Ruta de la Memoria  Santiago, Chile along with DAIPAN members: Helen Thorsen, Sheri Brown, Diana Garcia-Snyder, Joan Laage and Kaoru Okumura

Ken Mai is a Japanese butoh Artist based in Helsinki, Finland. His dance is influenced by both the founding lineages of Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata as well as German Expressionism, Zen, martial arts, singing and the Yoga Sutras. He is often celebrated for his iconic butoh drag imagery and describes his approach to dance as a devotion for sending compassion and love to the world, from the darkness to the light. His workshop concentrates on yogic warm-ups and improvisations led through visual imagery to stimulate poetic movement. website

“As a swan she dwells in the pure water, as a flower she dwells in the pure sun. As the rain that falls to the vessel of my empty body, as a dance that gives me the freedom and compassion of love”  -Ken Mai

Compañía Ruta de la Memoria  Santiago, Chile

Founded by Natalia Cuéllar, Raimundo Estay and Leonel Cornejo in 2008 in Santiago, Compañía Ruta de la Memoria was born from the promise of rescuing the memory of Chile’s recent tragic past, and is known for its challenging work focusing on human rights, gender and memory. For DAIPAN’s festival, the company will perform “Cuerpo Quebrado,” a moving work dedicated to the disappearance of pregnant women in during the Pinochet dictatorship of the latter 1990s. The aesthetics and expressive force of the company are characterized by being minimalist, with the focus on emotion and the body. Ruta de la Memoria has held events in Chile, Mexico, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay, and won several prizes and creative grants. This is their first appearance in Seattle. Company members are director Natalia Cuéllar, Raimundo Estay, Leonel Cornejo, María Belén Espinosa, Ursula Campos, Alvaro Pizarro, and Francisco Jara.

PERFORMANCE Cuerpo Quebrado (Broken Body) April 7 & 8     8 pm Shoreline Community College Theater

WORKSHOP Butoh, Body and Biographical Memory

March 31-April 2 Friday 6-9 pm/Saturday 12-6 pm/Sunday 10-4 pm Taoist Studies Institute

Chile guest artists are conducting a weekend workshop calledButoh, Body and Biographical Memory.” It will be taught by director Natalia Cuéllar and Raimundo Estay. Based in deep memory, the workshop begins with psychophysical training to deepen the butoh experience, and develops exercises using imagery. Participants will work with the biographical memory written in the body. The content of the workshop also includes animal walks, energy changes, and opposite forces.



“Being your true self, being your true nature, is different then experiencing it with thought. Realize that you are the mystery, and that you can’t really look at the mystery because you are only capable of looking from the mystery. There is a very awake, alive, and loving mystery, and that’s what is seeing through eyes at this moment.” Adyashanti

In memory of our wonderful friend JosephJoseph Mr D


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“…there is only this… This invitation asks you to cease bargaining with life, with this moment, yourself, your teacher, your friend, your mate. Just stop. This fire is unseen and unknown, and yet it burns everything other than itself…” You are Freedom

I always Like To Touch Base With This Wisdom Around My Birthday

HalloweenieCOMMENTARY by Perna Chodren

The preliminaries are also known as the four reminders. The traditional four reminders are basic reminders of why one might make a continual effort to return to the present moment. In your daily life, try to:

1 Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life. Beginning to realize how precious life is becomes one of your most powerful tools. It’s like gratitude … once you have this feeling of gratitude for your own life and the preciousness of human birth, then it takes you into any realm.

2 Be aware of the reality that life ends; death comes for everyone. Life is very brief. If you realize that you don’t have that many more years to live and if you live your life as if you actually had only a day left, then the sense of impermanence heightens that feeling of preciousness and gratitude.

3 Recall that whatever you do, whether virtuous or not, has a result; what comes around, goes around. The law of karma is that we sow the seeds and we reap the fruit. So when you find yourself in a dark place … you can think, “Maybe it’s time to get a little golden spade and dig myself out of this place.”

4 Contemplate that as long as you are too focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will suffer. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness.


Real Wisdom for the Real World,

From THE COMPASSION BOX (c) 2003 by Pema Chadron and AWAKENING LOVING­

KINDNESS (c) 1991, 1996 by Pema Chadron. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala


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