Workshop 1: The Art of Absence
September 12th - 1:30-3:30
Workshop 2: Mapping an Internal Forrest of Body
October 24th - 1:30-3:30
These workshops will offer a series of somatic, breath and movement practices which reflect some principles of Zen, butoh and Noguchi Taiso. While getting introduced to butoh scores and specific philosophies through those practices, we will discover a way to liberate our body from a pre-conditioned sense of self in order to facilitate unprecedented transformation and ever-evolving process of the body. Workshops can be taken independently or as a pair.
Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki. After graduating Ochanomizu University with BA in Performing Arts in Tokyo, Nishimura immigrated to NYC to study at Merce Cunningham Studio. Since then she has been working with groundbreaking dance artists as performer, in most years, such as John Jasperse, Dean Moss, Neil Greenburg, Vicky Shick and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. She has also collaborated with SIA on Saturday Night Live, and was featured in PRADA film/Women’s Tales directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall in recent years. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Mount Tremper Arts Center, UC Davis among other dance organizations. She was the danceweb scholar at Impulse Tanz (Vienna), the research fellow at DunaPart (Budapest), and the Artist-in-Residence at Camargo Foundation (France), and Movement Research (NYC). She has been teaching as Faculty, at Sarah Lawrence College, UC Davis, Ferris University (Japan) and Movement Research, and is a current MFA Teaching Fellow at Bennington College. Nishimura is a recipient of Best Performance of 2018 in Dance Magazine, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award 2019 in United States.