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Butoh - Body Weather Farm

by Serge Tampalini

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Disc 1: This DVD-Rom offers a personal insight into the training practices and life on Body Weather Farm - the home to one of Japan’s most enigmatic Butoh practitioners, Min Tanaka and his dance company, Mai Juku. These previously unpublished photographs offer Butoh dancers and scholars a rare opportunity to see inside Body Weather Farm. It also includes previouly unseen photos of Tanaka’s dance collaborator, Hisako Horikawa at the Mountain Stage on the Hakushu property in 1991. In addition there are once again unseen photographs of the 1991 Min Tanaka choreographed dance Rite of Spring at the Earth Stage, Body Weather Farm.

Content:
1. The Farm
2. The Earth Stage
3. The Mountain Stage
4. The Dojo
5. The Training
6. Rite of Spring (Morning performance)
7. Rite of Spring (Night Performance)

Disc 2:  The disc contains a 70 page diary of day-to-day observation of the work and training in PDF format.  It is not meant as a treatise on the Body Weather system, but as a personal response to its challenges and complexities. It offers a rare insight into the enigma of the Body Weather experience, without claiming authority.

"I currently lecture in theatre and design studies, specialising in performance theory; aesthetics and theatre semiology; theatre design and direction; and actor training. In 2006 I directed and designed the Peking Opera inspired production of Manuel Puig’s play The Kiss of the Spider Woman, and in 2008 was responsible for directing and designing the first professional WA production of Howard Barker’s Gertrude the Cry. In 2010 I collaborated with Dr David Moody and Associate Professor Martin Mhando on the theatre production, Witness - a performance-as-research project which featured inter-disciplinary work of devised and improvised theatre. In 2011 Dr Ralf Rauker (from Edith Cowan University) and myself were responsible for mounting a joint Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University production of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal." - Serge Tampalini

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