- Itto Morita/ Toshiharu Kasai -
*He started teaching dancetherpay and body works, as professor of Department of Clinical Psychology, Sapporo Gakuin University in Japan, since April 1st in 2004.
*Board member of Japanese Dance Therapy Association, the director of Sapporo Dancetherapy Institute, and member of the Japanese Society of Hypnosis.
If you are interested in his Butoh Dance Method and psychosomatic exploration by this method, please get in touch with him by email: . Several Butoh dance lessons and dance therapy sessions based on this approach are held regularly at Mika Takeuchi Butoh Institute in Sapporo.
Mika Takeuchi has daycare programs of "relaxation", "dance therapy" at mental clinics since 1999 in Sapporo, and was certified as a Registered Dance Therapist of Japan Dance Therapy Association in 2005.
Itto Morita/ Toshi Kasai was staying in UK till the end of March, 2010, near London, offering Butoh and body-oriented psychotherapy workshop, lectures and performance.
For reference : http://relak.net/toshi-kasai/
A psychological paper of Memoir of H.I.T., published in March, 1999
The content is a basic training for enhancing psychosomatic awareness based on Butoh Dance Method. Explanations of Takeuchi Lesson and Noguchi Taiso (physical exercise) are included.
A psychological paper of Memoir of H.I.T., published in March, 2000
Butoh body means a state of mind while performing Butoh although the word 'body' is used. The multiplicity of our consciousness and a philosophical idea 'non-objectification' are discussed in the paper in order to grasp the essence of Butoh. Discussion on Internationalized Butoh is included.
A co-authored paper with Kate Parsons, an American philosopher, for Memoir of H.I.T. Published in March, 2003.
Dance is usually thought to be a way of expression, but this is not alwaysthe case in Butoh dance. 'Perception' and 'expression' is contrasted, and it is shown that the dancer who 'perceives' the mind-body rather than 'expresses' the mind-body is engaged in dance that is more authentically Butoh. The use of eyes is explained along with an analysis of Butoh's unique stance against excessive use of visual perception.
A manual of how to carry out the arm-standing exercise for perceiving your arm weight well and enhancing your sensitivity of subtle muscle control, for Bulletin of Sapporo Gakuin University. Published in March,2005.
This exercise has been pioneered by T.Kasai and Mika Takeuchi, a Japanese Butoh dancer, through Butoh dance workshops and day-care programs held at mental clinics. The extremely slow and elegant movements need sublte muscle control and mind-set in Butoh dance. The Arm-Standing Exercise, "ude-no-tachiage" exercise, one of 20-30 exercises utilized in their Butoh workshops, has been described fully in English with some practical suggestions.
This exercise has been cited in a newly published Butoh book "Hijikata and Ohno"(Routlege,2006) wirtten by Sondra Fraleigh and Tamah Nakamura.
Arm Standing Exercise was introduced in ECArTE conference on Sep.17, 2009 in London.
(European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education)
- From Subconscious Hidden Observer to Perturbation of Body-Mind System"(English /)
Bulletin of Faculty of Humanities, No.86, 21-36, 2009 Sapporo Gakuin University
Keywords:Butoh, autopoiesis, Hijikata, Ohno, performing art, creativity, psychosomatic, mirror neuron, somesthesia, dance therapy, posthypnotic suggestion, hidden observer, state bound memory, affordance, catastrophe, butterfly effect, chaos, perturbation, antagonistic movement, choreography, improvisation, primary process, individualization, Cartesian dichotomy
*1 Toshiharu Kasai greatly thanks Mario Veillete, Quebec, Canada,
for his voluntary translations of two papers for French readers.(Apr.19, 2000)
*2 Toshiharu Kasai greatly thanks the Polish firm Centrum Kultury Japonskiej w Szczecinie (Japanese School & Culture Centre) (tel/fax (0-91) 43-43-815 )
for their voluntary translations of the first paper 'Butoh Dance Method...' for Polish readers. (added. June 2, 2001)
*3 *1 Toshiharu Kasai greatly thanks Mario Veillete, Quebec, Canada, once again
for his voluntary translation of the third paper for French readers.(Jun.12, 2003)
*4 Toshiharu Kasai greatly thanks Kasia Julia Pastuszak, Gdansk,Poland,
for her voluntary translation of Butoh papers (2,3) for Polish readers.(Oct.1,2003)
You can request by sending email to:
Butoh workshops by Itto and Mika in 2012
We had three intensive butoh workshops in Sapporo, Japan, with participants from U.S.A., U.K., Holland, France, and etc. Mika's psychosomatic approach based on butoh therapy was found very effective also for members of mental clinics, and was always busy having sessions for those people, while missing several opportinities of butoh events abroad. She obtained an art prize for her butoh performance "Princess Mermaid" of 2010-2011.
Butoh workshops by Itto outside Japan in 2011
Japan was suffering from the damages by those big earthquakes and tsunami, killing about 20 thousands people in the north-east prefectures facing the Pacific ocean on March 11th. Four nuclear power reactors there were broken and "melt-through" of nuclear fuel followed.
Butoh workshops by Itto in UK and Europe 2010
Butoh workshops by Itto in UK and Europe 2009
Butoh workshops in Sapporo, Japan 2008
Butoh performance and workshops in Boston, Amherst, U.S.A. 2006
Butoh Live and workshop scenes in Bilbao,Spain 2005
Psychosomatic Learning and Butoh Workshop in Poland 2003
Butoh dance is not only a form of performing arts,
but a way to recover the long lost your SELF that has been buried deep
in your unconscious sphere under various traumatic experiences.
As Buddha said that 'Life is difficult', but he had also realized that
'Life is sweet' over his tremendous agonies when he was dying... Itto