Photo credit: Nagato Iwasaki

IN STUDIO: MOHAMMADREZA AKRAMI (MTL) — Butoh & Noguchi Taiso

June 7 to 11, 2021 — 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$60 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $170, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Capacity: 13 people, priority for full week attendance

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!

REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY: https://app.simplyk.io/en/ticketing/9045888a-3ef8-4a6a-8cba-d3b6b742461b

It is recommended to bring a yoga mat or a blanket for comfort.

CONTENT // This is a workshop based on Noguchi Taiso and Butoh.

In this workshop, we do not convey any fixed form or technique, but the principles that form the basis of movement (spiral, wave, gravity, emotion, etc.) as well as imagination. We will focus on everyday movements like standing and walking, as well as on emotional forms of expression. We will establish a basis that will enable us to exchange conventional patterns of movement for fresh approaches that will help us to move more easily.

We’ll start each day with Noguchi Taiso exercises to bring the body to “zero form”, understanding the structure of our bodies, and becoming the structure of our bodies. We’ll proceed to practice Butoh with the introduction of imagery, improvisation, structured improvisation, etc..

This workshop aims to help rethink current movement patterns, find and embody new movement patterns and movement styles, become movements, reevaluate what dance is, and its relationship with life, and to search and maybe find our own individual “voice” and “practice”. No prior experience in “dance” is needed; only curiosity. It will not be physically intense but rather based on finding our own limits (for professional dancers, this is an invitation to reevaluate what is intense or not). This workshop includes physical practice and theory.

BIO // Born in Tehran, Mohammadreza Akrami is a dance artist based in Montreal. His eagerness toward episteme leads him to study Physics, Dramatic literature and practicing martial arts such as Wing Chun, Escrima and Chi Qong. His experience in performance art spans from choreographing, dancing, acting, singing, and to pure performances. He has worked on butoh, flying low, passing through, and rituals and its music as roots of performance art.


HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH RATE TO PAY

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of the province of Quebec
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live in the province of Quebec (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.