yumiko yoshioka is a dancer,
a teacher and a choreographer

Yumiko Yoshioka is a Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Germany. Yumiko is a former member of Ariadone, the first female Butoh company, which was founded by Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in 1974. In 1978, she performed with Ko and Carolotta in Paris, LE DERNIER EDEN – PORTE DE L’AU-DELA, the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theatre outside Japan. In 1988 she met Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin, with whom she founded tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANCE GROTESQUE. This experience, along with work with the Butoh dancer Kim-Itoh, encouraged Yumiko to start to unfold her own personal style of dancing and choreography.

In 1989 she also started to develop and teach her own form of bodywork. The approach became a pillar of her career as a reflection of her profound understanding of the importance of deepening consciousness of the body, not only in order to dance and express, but also to illuminate our daily life, opening ourselves to the deeper layers of our inner world and rediscovering a subtle beauty in each moment. The strength of this perception led her to create her own method of bodywork, called “Body Resonance”

In 1994, she met JoaXhim Manger and Zam Jhonson. Together they founded  TEN PEN CHii ART LABOR, an interdisciplinary and experimental art formation, in which Yumiko dances and emerges as choreographer. Since 1995 she has set up various collaborative projects across Europe. These include: “eX…it!, a Butoh-Related eXchange Festival”, held at Schloss Broellin; Gest-Azione, with Annalisa Maggiani from Italy; and indigo fera art productions with Rena Konstantaki from Greece. Yumiko continues to pioneer Butoh installations and teach her methods internationally.

philosophy

There is a saying in China: “a hundred (different) flowers are in full bloom.” This understanding of every individual shining in their own unique beauty inspires my work. Butoh is an opportunity to cultivate the seed of care and consciousness that dwells within each of us.

As an artist, I explore the nature of the edges of the world around me. Viewing the present in terms of connection, evolution and coexistence, helps me imagine a bridge to travel between the visible and the invisible. This bridge creates a space for the body to unfold its secrets, to reveal itself through rediscovery of its potential as a receptacle of cosmic time, memory and perspective.

Butoh is the dance of transformation, which allows me to experience the world from a different point of view. Changing perspectives from human to animal to cosmic creates a constant feedback loop between my imagination and my body. As both artist and teacher, I use these perspectives and the layers of body memory to be channels, catalysts, and resonators. Through this dialogue, I learn to be moved by both the inner and outer forces that exist within and around us.

TEN PEN CHii ART LABOR

In Japanese Ten Pen Chii means “natural catastrophe” ‒ literally, “the sky (ten) changes and the earth (chi) changes”, meaning everything is changing in resonance.

This art-formation was founded in 1995 by Yumiko, together with JoaXhim Manger, a visual artist from Germany, and Zam Johnson, an American composer and performer. The company has produced numerous performances with a unique style, featuring interdisciplinary collaborations using installation, music and body works to investigate the contemporary human being and explore the ways it deals with the consequences of its desires.

One of Yumiko’s most extensive, prolific and distinctive collaborations, TEN PEN CHii ART LABOR remains an on-going life project.

body resonance

I call my dance approach “Body Resonance”
based on Butoh and Organic Movement.

Belonging to a third generation of Butoh artists, Yumiko has developed a personal style of bodywork called Body Resonance, which integrates Butoh practice with features of Noguchi Taiso gymnastics and various other Asian training methods to help prepare the body to receive and transmit dance and inspirations. Body Resonance starts from the idea that the world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes. When we tune our body to that frequency, we receive images, feelings and sensations accordingly. For this to happen, we need first to shake off unnecessary tension. In effect, we make a white canvas of our body to paint new colour on it. I teach this as neutralization, encouraging a close-to-zero state, scouring off rust and polishing antenna to catch waves from profound layers of the body. The transformations and concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form. They melt down the armour of our ego, allowing resonant memories to emerge from our cells that are floating in the primal liquid of time.

workshop description

The body as a receptacle of time.
A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears.

The main focus of this workshop is a conscious research in the unification of our body/mind/soul, so that we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorphosis through the spirit of dance. Through a continuous exploration of our past collective memories, we can strike a vein of abundant creative resources, enriching the essence of our life.

Body resonance is a key to opening up the doors of an ever-changing world inside and outside ourselves, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble. Everything is in resonance with each other. Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe.

Workshop Content:

*Release exercises, inspired by Noguchi Taiso (Gymnastics), Taichi and Yoga
*breathing exercises
*dynamic training for the flow of energy
*Butoh-related work to activate our universal memories (sensitization, combination of image and movement with antenna exercises such as figure of 8, water ball, animal, insect, snake, witch and fairy, the creatures inside us, hanging body, walking, dialogue with a partner etc)
*structured improvisation, free association

Workshop in Faro /Portugal

Sep 3 and 4

at CAPa-centro de Artes Performativas
Contact : imacieira@sapo.pt

 

Workshop near Milan

Sep 9 – 11 (booked out)

open air in the park
contact : Marco <info@piccoloparallelo.net>

 

Tour in Mexico

Sep 21 – 23, workshop , 11:00 – 16:30
Place : Foro de Arte y Cultura, in Guadalajara / Mexico
contact :popolbutoh@gmail.com

Sep 24, at 19:00,  Solo performance ” Before the Dawn ”
place :Laboratorio de Arte Variedades LARVA, in Guadalajara / Mexico
contact :popolbutoh@gmail.com

Sep 28 – 30 , workshop , 11:00 – 14:00,
Place : Sede de la Campañia de Danza Experimental de Lola Lince,

in Guanajuato / Mexico
contact : +52 (1) 4731170717

Oct 4 – 7 , workshop , 10:00 – 14:00, 15:00 – 17:00
Place: Dragón de Jade in Cuernavaca / Mexico
contact : jasbutoh@gmail.com

Oct 16, solo performance ” Before the Dawn”
place : Centro Cultural Carlos Acereto, in Merida / Mexico
contact : diego.barjau@gmail.com

Oct 18 – 21, 19:00 – 22:00, 12 hours
place : Estudio Tumáka´t, in Merida / Mexico
contact : editorialgestadelasabana@gmail.com

Oct 25, at 20:00, Solo Performance “Before the Dawn ”
place : Teatro de la Danza , in Mexico City / Mexico
contact : cromosniebla@gmail.com

Nov 7 – 11 , workshop , 16:00 – 19:45,
place : La Ex Esmeralda, in Mexico City / Mexico
contact : cromosniebla@gmail.com

General information : cromosniebla@gmail.com

   or     yumiko-mizelle@gmx.de

 

Workshop in Marseille / France

Dec 3 and 4,   11:00 – 18:00

Studio : Le Pôle 164

contact : compagnieamako@riseup.net

 

Winter Workshop

at Eden Studio  in Pankow/Berlin

Breitestr. 43

Dec 15 (Thu)-  Dec 18 (Sun),   4 days,  from 1 pm to 6 pm

Concact : yumiko-mizelle@gmx.de

 

 

2023

 “Body Liberation Retreat”

June 18 – 23, 2023

a collaborative workshop retreat

with Annalisa Maggiani
place : Convento / Lunigiana / Italy

contact : annalisa@gest-azione.de

“Butoh Lab Camp”

July 22 – 30 , 2023
place : La Ionel, in the countryside near Cluj / Romania

5 – 6 Butoh teachers introduce their different styles of aproach

Planned teachers : Saga Kobayashi, Michiyasu Furutani, Matilde Javier Ciria,
Henriette Heinrichs and Yumiko Yoshioka

 

Solo “Before the Dawn”

in Guadalajara in Mexico

Sep 24 at 19:00
contact : popolbutoh@gmail.com

Solo “Before the Dawn”

 at Centro Cultural Carlos Acereto / Merida / Mexico

Oct 16
contact : diego.barjau@gmail.com

Solo “Before the Dawn”

 at Teatro de la Danza  / Mexico City / Mexico

Oct 25, at 20:00
contact : cromosniebla@gmail.com

Solo “Before the Dawn”

at Festival Atalaya- TNT in Sevilla (Spain)

Nov 25

contact : Atalaya <produccion@atalaya-tnt.com>

works


TEN PEN CHii ART LABOR

projects

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Photo Credits: Michael Peters, Maria Fernanda, Fer Zam, Ron Lau, TC Chan, Maximillian Cheng, Ergao Dance Production Group, Sean Teruo, Alain Dacheux , Amana Dultra, Michael Peters, Thilo Nass, Peter Piontek, Piero Perrazo, Stefano Lanzardo, Chronis Giannopoulos.

contact

“We have started to compilate an archive of my Body Resonance Method,
this work is supported by: “

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Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.