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Yumiko Yoshioka (Germany)

Photograph by (C) Michael Peters, 2002

pamphlet - "i-iki" - "DAPPi" - "N-YOiN" -

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Yumiko Yoshioka's workshop

Body Resonance -
based on Butoh and Organic Movement

The Body is a receptacle of time. Through an exploration
down to a groundless stage of collective memories in our past
, we can strike a vein of abundant resources, which can
enrich the essence of our life. I want to activate these
forgotten memories by concentrating on our inner core,
our Ki (vital) energy and it's circulation.
Body Resonance is a key to open up the everchanging
world inside and outside of us.

One step to metamorphose.
Let's enjoy chaos!

Workshops and Performance


(updated Jan.14, 2017)

I call my dance approach (or my body work) "Body Resonance." The world, including our body and soul, consists of vibrational waves that create constant resonances like echoes.
When we tune our body to a certain frequency, we consequently get a resonance, and according to the frequency, we get different resonances. In order for this to happen, we need to first get rid of unnecessary tension.
We make a white canvas of our body in order to paint a new color on it. I teach this as neutralization, encouraging a close to a zero-state, scouring off rust and polishing the antenna to catch waves from a profound layer of the body.

Butoh (dance) for me activates divergent body energies that are usually not seen or permitted in our daily life. In other words, as our body is a receptacle of time, we can evoke its forgotten memories through dance. Butoh has the intensity to trigger that process, because it creates heat through friction and cold through stillness. The transformations and concentrations of dancing break up the eggshell of form, melt down our armor of ego, as our stiff cells and sealed memories float in the primal liquid of time.

My workshop, hopefully, can offer guidance to enjoy that transformative /transcendental process of our entire presence. (Jan.30, 2012)

i-ki by yumiko
"i-ki": interactive-body-dance-machine.

solo:Yumiko Yoshioka
instalation: Joachim Manger
music: Zam Johnson

i-ki by yumiko i-ki by yumiko

(C)Photographs by Michael Peters,2002

da-ppi by yumiko


(C)Photograph by Klaus Rabien,2002

Yumiko Yoshioka

Yumiko Yoshioka

solo:Yumiko Yoshioka
"Before the Dawn"
photo by Giuseppe Frusterr

yumiko yoshioka

Yumiko Yoshioka
(dancer, choreographer,
art director and instructor)

Born in Tokyo,
living in Germany since 1988

She founded an art-formation groupe "TEN PEN CHii art labor"
in 1995 with a visual artist, Joachim Manger from Germany and
a musician, Zam Johnson from USA. It's a resident group at
Schloss Broellin (Castle of Broellin), International Theater
Research Location, which lies in the utmost northeastern part of
the ex East Germany.

She has been in research of an interactivity between dance and
installation with her partner. They created a number of works,
such as "N. YOiN", "DA-PPi", "i-ki",or "Test Labor", each of
which won the highest praise in experimental art scenes.
Besides international tours throughout Europe and North Amrica,
she is an art director of the Butoh Related Art Project "Ex...it!"
with Delta Ra'i, held at Schloss Broellin every 4 years since 1995.

In the early seventies and eighties, she was a member of the first
Japanese women's Butoh dance theater, ARIADONE.
In 1978, she performed with Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in
"Le Dernier Eden", Europe's first Butoh performance in Paris.
From 1988 to 1994, she was an active member of German-Japanese
dance theatre group "tatoeba-THEATRE DANSE GROTESQUE"
with Minako Seki and Delta Ra'i, touring in Japan, Europe and
North America.

On top of numberless workshops in the world, her experience in
choreography and art-direction in workshop performance with
different levels of participants deserves full acclaim.
Till now, she led workshop performance in Berlin, Italy, Austria,
and North America.

contact: Yumiko Yoshioka

Yumiko +49-176-21833997


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