Developing International Space Dancers

Guide of "Space Dance School"

Space Dance Workshop + Space Dance Performance + Spiritual Journey

Space Dance Workshop & Performance on youtube


We hold "Space Dance School" with "Space Dance Workshop", "Space Dance Performance", and with "Spiritual Journey". Then we will develop "International Space Dancers" for the space dance projects in the world.

◆Space Dance Workshop

We hold "Space Dance Workshop" for the professional dancers, artists and general public. "Space Dance Workshop" is composed on the basis of Butoh.

At first, we have a question, "What is Butoh?"

Now, Butoh is still one of the major art forms as the cultural scenes not only in Europe and America but also in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We can find many Butoh Dancers by foreigners in the world.

Butoh has two styles, one is "Butoh of Darkness", other is "Improvisation Butoh". Tetsuro Fukuhara, delegate of Tokyo Space Dance, he belongs to "Improvisation Butoh" as the second generation. He carries on Butoh as "New Butoh Space Dance", then he have created "Space Dance" to socialize "Tacit Knowledge" based on Butoh as a value for the general public by the collaboration of "Dance + Architecture + Information + Design".

◎What is Butoh?

In the second half of 1960, in Japan, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno created "Butoh of Darkness" to unify the difference as a big problem between the traditional dance & its culture before Edo-era and the modern dance & its culture after Meiji-era. Then, Akira Kasai created "Improvisation Butoh" through "Butoh of Darkness".

The definition of Butoh by Tetsuro Fukuhara is like the below;

Butoh is "a step from within".
Butoh is self-realization though the body of the individual, direct, original dance technique.
Butoh is a recovery of the wild in mankind and a rebirth of the body intoxicated somehow lost in the contemporary world.
Butoh is an art which promotes us growth, and keeps the age-worthy flower blossoming continuously.
Everybody can make their own Butoh as much as they receive their own body.
What is a pleasure of a dance? Sure, it is a pleasure to change our feelings about our world at the moment. In this dance feelings we can not find any differences between ourselves, we feel we are connected to everyone and everywhere. So a dancer dance eternally to get its feelings exactly.
Also, as 21st dance history, we have a big theme to develop a mature dance together with our age using by new dance technique. If we should retire after a definite age, we should say its dance belongs to the old system. In Butoh the maturity is important, for us the tacit knowledge which we keep in our body is most important treasure. We make our dances on the basis of this tacit Knowledge.
So, we teach several ways for the participants and our students to receive their own body, to away a model for the imitation, to decide the things by themselves, to find their own techniques, and to make their own dance story.


"Our Day with a Crisis"
Shigeo Ohyama, Research of Asahi-Newspapers investigation center, Tokyo

My attraction to Butoh is based on the world of technology. As a journalist I have been dealing with information technology and computers for more than ten years. Doing such work I became aware, through my all senses, of all what is happening in our day life, and this made me aware of a strong sense of crisis in the future of the human mind's image.

As far as I understand Butoh is not a dance merely trying to express some ideas or feelings through the body, but is trying to express the body itself, the root of the body. Of course, as a form of art Butoh has diversity, but I think that as excellent Butoh dancer should feel the crisis of our time. So, I had entered the Butoh's world and I met Tetsuro Fukuhara there.

When I saw his dance for the first time he was dancing in the center of the stage. As a tree growing he held both arms straight up in the air. The highly raised right hand was moving slowly, and even more slowly did his fingers do so, but nevertheless his body was advancing. At that instant, as if in a spark, I remembered something deep down. It was nonverbal, a sense appearing like a wave - motion way ? down my own body. This movement happened simultaneously with the movement of Fukuhara's dance, which was cutting the space in a minimal but intense way. The intensity locking me down. I was surprised that his dance could express the original sense of the body for a movement.

"Beyond Style"
Yvonne Tenenbaum, Art Critic, Paris

In Tetsuro Fukuhara's dance, we see a Butoh even more extreme than it was till now; no figurative image, no representation in any way, no history, no myth, no recognizable forms from any where, even from previous Butoh. And his dance in not confined either in slow motion nor in attitudes of retirement within oneself. We just see bodies listening and leaving way to the every strange force that makes them and human people dance. Like a tree's leaves and branches, they show us every movement and stage of this force, sometimes wild, sometimes subtle and almost imperceptible.

"Living Sculptures"
Nadine Meisner, the Sunday Times, London

Britain's first festival of new Butoh was in full celebration in London's East End. Butoh performers often seem like living sculptures, merged with the surrounding space, hardly disturbing the air. Sometimes they move so slowly you scarcely notice, as happened with Tetsuro Fukuhara's piece. I confess to an occasional restlessness as great chunks of time passed with little perceptible difference to the stage picture. Even so, the performance was compelling, Fukuhara creating a spare and mysterious beauty.

◆What is Space Dance?

Space Dance based on Butoh is a name of "Dance & Design" which will make to appear an amicable body and its environment in the space.

Tetsuro Fukuhara created Space Dance on 2001 when he performed at the United Nations in New York and at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan through his epochal experiences by the meeting with Shusaku Arakawa and the theory of "Affordance" from 1994. The essence of Space Dance is "How to recover the memory beyond human?" and "How to express the tacit knowlede?".

The definition of Space Dance by Tetsuro Fukuhara is like the below;

In Space Dance, the body is not a tool for expressing a story, the body is a story.
In any time the excellent dancer in the world keeps the ability to dance with a special dance technique to organize the body as the object, not as the subject. So, always they can keep the freedom in the space. in Space Dance we study this dance technique. Then we try to recover the memory beyond human through our dance and we accumulate its result as the tacit knowledge about the body.
Our feet always are connected with the ground. Our human in our daily life forget this fact. But when we dance with a dance technique to organize our body as the object, the relationship between our feet and the grand will be clear and we can get back a familiar feeling between the body and the earth.
In this time when we dance with the earth we can recognize some strange new feeling happen around the temporal lobe of our brain. Why? New feeling? Because it is a first experience for our brain to move our body with such a strange new way.
Our brain keeps all memories about all life on our earth. Because our brain into the Mother's womb during 10 months grow up through the process of evolution of the brain from the beginning to today's human brain. So, in our dance movements too, sometime we can find other strange movements of all life through these memories.
So in Space Dance when we try to dance to organize our body as the object we can touch several "Fogotten Memories" sometimes with a wave motion of the internal organs, sometimes with a sound of the bone, and sometimes with an excitement of the nerve. In that time we can feel a new feeling in our brain and under this influence we can find the unexperienced movements by chance. In short we can stimulate several "Forgotten Memories".
"Forgotten Memories" wake up a strong nostalgia in our mind. And this nostalgia gives new energy to us. Then we understand "New unknown movement's world" exists behind our usual human movements.
This energy continue without end. When we dig up "Forgotten Memories" we can organize the unexpected movements based on each memories. We shake with its freshness and we are amazed by ourselves. Then we start to talk a new story beyond the human drama.
Usually, very soon, our human feel tired in our movements without this energy. But when we house this energy we get the lasting energy from the circulation between the body and the ground, then it arise like the growth of a snowball. We never feel tired.
Like that in Space Dance we dig up "Forgotten Memories" and we expand "New unknown movement's world", then we try to express "New unknown movement's world" as "History of Postures Evolution with Fish, Amphibia, Bird, Monkey, and Human". We can describe that "History of Postures Evolution" had started from a ameba without hands and feet. Then now "History of Postures Evolution" meets one peak by human with a bipedal walker.
Why "History of Postures Evolution" is important for Space Dance? Because the purpose of Space Dance is the looking back on the past of all life, and the creation for "Future of Human Body" as a return from its retrospection.
Then in Space Dance we make a visualization of "History of Postures Evolution" as the image. And we make an information of "New unknown movement's world" as the tacid knowledge using by information technology. Finally we try to make a design through the tacid knowledge for the new body, the new object, and the new space.
Like that, in Space Dance we can creat the new designs after our dance. For these works we adopt the collaboration by "Dance + Architecture + Information + Design". Then, Space Dance is just a work of "Dance & Design".

◆6 Chapters of Space Dance Workshop

We hold "Space Dance Workshop" with 6 chapters of "body foundation + walking dance + contact + spiritual journey + paradise in the little moving + construction for space dance performance".

Chapter 1 "body foundation"

for the making the waist soft and keeping the center of energy.

Chapter 2 "walking dance"

for the making individual posture by sensitive feet on the ground, and to get one's own dance.

Chapter 3 "contact"

for the finding the brain ability by seeing a neighbor's dance form with touch feeling without sight.

Chapter 4 "spiritual journey"

for the creating one's 10 themes into one's hidden character as "loneliness, trip, memory, inspiration, sexuarity, floating, secred ground, alter ago, return, universe".

Chapter 5 "paradise in the little moving"

for the getting the unity of body and environment can arise like the growth of a snowball.

Chapter 6 "construction for space dance performance"

for the establishment space dance as 6 themes, "site + walking + contact + paradise + spiritual journey + flowers".

◆9 Chapters of Space Dance Performance

We hold "Space Dance Performance" as a collaboration with 9 chapters of "Site Dance + Walking Dance + Space Tube + Information + Paradise in the Little Moving + Flowers + Return".

Chapter 1 "Site Dance"

Dancers go through the memories accumulated in the site and find the architectural construction, then dancers revive their kinetic sensation of their own memories from the unconsciousness fields.

Chapter 2 "Walking Dance"

Dancers make an amicable relationship between their feet and the ground, then dancers make their own posture using by this relationship.

Chapter 3 "Open a body in the Sky"

Dancers open the body in the sky, then they get back the body again as an objective body.

Chapter 4 "Strange Fruit"

Dancers use Space Tube for their body to get the information in sense of touch feeling, then dancers get an extension of their body and make a complex image of the real body and the virtual body.

Chapter 5 "Affinity"

Dancers develop a familiar relationship with Space Tube as their second body, then enjoy their dance as alter ago.

Chapter 6 "Spiritual Journey"

Dancers express 4 charms into one's hidden character as "Laugh + Sexuality + Crying + Song".

Chapter 7 "Paradise in the Little Moving"

Dancers make a little moving to get the unity of the body and the environment can arise like the growth of a snowball, then dancers find that "Body is a Space" with a pleasure.

Chapter 8 "Flowers"

Dancers lie down to open their body, then dancers get the individual strength and extension of the soul with flowers.

Chapter 9 "Return"

Dancers return to the audience with smiles.


"Inspiring Teacher"
Chisenhale Dance Space, London

Reknowned as an inspiring teacher, Fukuhara's workshops explore his concept of Space Dance and the aim of making an amicable body in the space. These experimental body training sessions are suitable for people involved in movement and body work, and physical performance.

"New Standard of Performance"
Dartington College of Arts, Totones

Space Dance is informed by Butoh and was developed by the leading Butoh dancer Tetsuro Fukuhara, in the face of developing technology and changes in the modern world. Its four key components are Dance, Architecture, Information and Design. The dance is concerned with achieving the perfect balance between human and world and creating a medium where body and environment converse. Since 1990 he has actively been establishing Space Dance as a new standard of performance in many of the world's major cities.

"New Paradigms of Thinking"
Thelma Lazo-Flores, Head of School of Design and Faculty of Visual Arts, Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore

I extend my sincerest gratitude for your tireless effort with our Interior Design Students July 2001. The fascinating and unconventional way of integrating various disciplines namely, Japanese butoh dance, architectural design theories and media technology provided new paradigms of thinking in our design instruction. Likewise, the experience that the students have derived from this workshop will redefine their modes of teamwork, conceptualization skills and project execution.

"Pick up Enthusiastic and Talented Young People"
Aydin Teker, Head of Mimar Sinan University, Modern Dance Department, Istanbul

Tetsuro Fukuhara has the ability to pick up enthusiastic and talented young people to collaborate at the workshop. Students were fully involved with the approach he has developed using space, object and movement. They enjoyed very much working with him. The students and the teachers watched it with great interest. I heard a lot of positive comments. He uses movement, object and the technology in a very fine way.

Spiritual Journey

We create "Spiritual Journey" as a documentation consisted by video, photo, and writings on the internet. We aim to develop the participant's artistic hidden characters and charms. If they want to continue their "Spiritual Journey", they can develop it.

"Spiritual Journey" have 10 themes, "Loneliness", "Trip", "Memory", "Inspiration", "Sexuality", "Floating", "Sacred Ground", "Alter Ego", "Return", and "Universe".

【1】 Agnetha Jaunich × Tetsuro Fukuhara

Voice to the Sea.

【2】 Gill Shitoh × Tetsuro Fukuhara

A Story of Young Angel who embarked on Life courageously.

【3】 Sylvutchka × Tetsuro Fukuhara

Tasting Everything as a New

【4】 Filiz Bozkus × Tetsuro Fukuhara

Filiz is at the Back and watching a New Born Character.

【5】 Masako Gray × Tetsuro Fukuhara

Princess from the Land of White Wolf.

【6】 Laura Milani × Tetsuro Fukuhara

Actress from Milano

【7】 Brenna Mosser × Tetsuro Fukuhara

On the Road of Brenna's Trip

【8】 Liliana Segovia × Tetsuro Fukuhara


【9】 Gabi Velasco × Tetsuro Fukuhara

Naiad, Memory in the Water

【10】 Masako Gray × Tetsuro Fukuhara

『白いオオカミの国の姫 2』
Princess from the Land of White Wolf 2

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