:: A Performer’s Words: Awakening Text through Butoh-fu

Butoh notation (Butoh-fu) is a method of choreography that uses words to create an imaginative time and space, physicalizing imagery through words.

During the workshop, we will (re)visit the psychological approach towards text /script performance as outlined by the Stanislavsky system of acting – character objectives, given circumstances and the moment of fresh impulses in an imaginary reality. Then we will plunge into the world of Butoh-fu, seeking a visceral and poetic connection through its refined bodily perimeters, so as to experience a new freedom and richness in delivering text and awaken the true power of language in the theatre.


Date / Time Instructor: Bonni Chan

1) 13. 9.2016(Tue) 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Instructor: Waguri Yukio

2) 16.9.2016(Fri)12nn–7pm

3) 17.9.2016(Sat)12 nn– 7 pm

( including one hour break)

Quota 16
Medium of Instruction 13.9.2016        Cantonese

16-17.9.2016  English

Venue HKREP Rehearsal Hall No.1

(6/F Sheung Wan Civic Centre)

Workshop Fee $1,500
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Bonni Chan

Bonni Chan is the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif. She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet and went on to study acting at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, winning the Best Actress of the Year award for three consecutive years.

After graduating, she joined the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and performed in a number of productions. In 1991 she moved to London to study with various teachers, and in 1992 founded Theatre du Pif with Sean Curran. Since returning to Hong Kong in 1995, she has continued to devise and direct Theatre du Pif’s over twenty original productions locally and abroad. She was awarded Best Actress for Fish Heads and Tales – a tender war and The Oak Tree – An Odyssey at the Hong Kong Drama Awards and for 4.48 psychosis at the Hong Kong Theatre Libre. She is also a professional Feldenkrais practitioner.





Waguri Yukio

Waguri Yukio started dancing in Hijikata Tatsumi’s company in 1972 and was the male principal dancer from 1972 to 1978. Since his stage debut in Hijikata’s piece 27 Nights for Four Seasons (1973), Waguri has kept numerous notes on Hijikata’s teaching method and choreography, which now constitutes the bulk of his own butoh-fu exploration and teachings as the artistic director and founder of Kohzensha Butoh Company.

His main focus while choreographing or teaching is on transforming oneself through imagery rather than the mere ‘doing’ of movement. Waguri’s own dance is often said to be as solid as crystal, lithe and smart as a leopard, subtle and light as a willow. His performances are tightly choreographed from butoh-fu rather than improvisational.  In 2004, Waguri published a video, Butoh Kaden, which has been well-received from both scholars and theatre practitioners as it was first of its kind unveiling the essence of Hijikata’s Butoh notation and choreographic methods.