AMBRA GATTO BERGAMASCO

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Cartographic Score – Sign Gesture Fragrance…an online movement dance practice for creative development

I have been experimenting the online thing. I was initially sceptical on how we can do, create, come together online. Then I realised I have been joining nine years online Sadhana practices and I know they have been very enriching experiences and also, gave the opportunity to get to know many people around the world that probably, I would have never got the chance to meet them personally, face to face, body to body.

So, I run a year of beta classes. And to my surprise the challenge I initially thought I would have had to encounter, transformed into a rich and great opportunity. GOing back to the primal architecture of the body, and one of my utmost love: bones.

Bones for me are the architecture of existence. A stone. The primordial stone.

I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to go back offering a training that started from micro-movement and bones, and how together they open to our internal poetic landscapes.

Like the unveiling of a secret internal cartography, this online practice came to life.

This is the course I offer. An online at one’s own pace, weekly class that merges experiential theory and practice stemming from Butoh percepts.

A sign, a gesture and fragrance. To make sure we can fully enjoy our intimate personal and unique embodiement, movement dance research and poetic manifestation.

Classes are mostly on a one 2 one basis or max 3 people per session; this gives me the chance to be present and give all my attention to the process and research.

The aim is to provide a space to release explore and discover a new cartography that can support and be considered the foundation of new creations, even if you are not a dancer or artist. A space to come close to our primal architecture and explore how every micromovement generates and relates to others. To unfold our inner relationality. This, supported also by the use of essential oils, to provide that enriching experience of somatic understanding and exploration.

The course is structured in the following way:

sessions last 1.30h and are held weekly. Some on Zoom, others via video tutorials. You receive a welcome pack that has the programme, costs and initial materials. You receive one email per week containing a work book and diary that will help supporting the log of the knowledge you will generate and your creative process. If will form your own unique cartography.

I will set up a private fb group for participants to share and I will pop in to prompt lines of enquiry and participate to the conversations.

Sessions – every email content – are on a Wednesday between 8 -11am or 8-10,30 pm and can be arranged at a different time, privately.

If you think this process can interest you, I look forwards meeting you! drop an email to receive your Cartographic Welcome Pack here: ambrabutoh@gmail.com

I hope you are all keeping save and in love,

Thank you!

Ambra


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Cartographic Score: A One to One online Butoh based training

These are one to one dedicated sessions to delve deep into bone movement.

Bones are very important and are access of internal movement structure. In these sessions we will learn and deepen our micro movement knowledge and explore diffusion and expansion. These micro-movements to me are keys that open access to further dance investigations and processes. As we move through the sessions, a unique and personalised score will appear, just like a cartography!

All are welcome.

Cost: 60 euro per month or 20 euro per session

Time: you pick the time between 8 am and 9 pm CET time and give your self a 1.45mins session.

Looking forwards to our sessions!


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Butoh News

TIME TO DANCE!!! To a wonderful new year of luminescent dances.
See you at Dance House 7 to 9 pm Every Thursday Dublin
2015 is starting with significant signs of Butoh abundance! We have the pleasure to have Masaki Iwana as a guest for a workshop and his film will premiere at the Butoh Film Festival in February.
February Weekend 21-22 of February 2015:
21st Masaki Iwana will give a five hours workshop in Dance House Foley St. Dublin. This event is supported by Dance Ireland
22nd of February BUTOH FILM FESTIVAL at The New Theatre, Temple Bar, D2. From 1 to 9pm.
Programme curated by Ambra Bergamasco and Fergus Byrne. Featuring –
Irish premiere of Masaki Iwana’s ‘Vermillion Souls’ (2004)
Ju-Ni-Hitoe directed by Jutta Ohlenberg and Rolf Coulanges starring Yumiko Yoshioka and Minako Seki (1997)
‘Sacrifice’ by Donald Richie (1959)
Panel Discussion with Katherine Waugh, Dr. Tina Kinsella and guests.
Full Schedule available on the Facebook event: click here to join
This event is funded by the passion Fergus and I share towards it. To support us, come along to Fergus’s PUB QUIZ – fabulous prizes – on the 28th of January Arthur’s Pub, D8 at 8pm
Proceeding of this event will go to support Mental Health ireland
Hope this is of your interest!
Happy New Year, may it be filled of wonders.


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5th of December “MIDNIGHT STAIRS”: a Butoh evening with performance @Tai Chi Ireland, Dublin

December is here. Whether we indulge in celebrations or not, the year surely feels coming to a rest. Just before leaping into the festive holidays, we will host a Butoh evening.

On the 5th of December, Choko Butoh Dublin Research Group and I, will be guests of  DAO Tai Chi Ireland. The evening is part of furthering the awareness of Butoh as a dance art form and a space for creativity and exploration in Dublin, Ireland.

As an art form, Butoh, is highly accessible. It can be practiced and used for various scopes not only by performers. If you are, the training and body method inherent in Butoh, can enhance your body awareness, aid and support your creative process, challenge you to venture into unknown territories with improvisation and transformations via visual solicitations.

For those that come to Butoh moved by curiosity, it has been proven to offer ways to relax the everyday accumulation of tension and offer a platform that supports the expression of one’s own imagery though movement and stillness. Butoh body method facilitates every type of bodies and explores the infinite possibility of movement and sensation.

If you are in Dublin, I hope you can join us and share with us the intimacy of the space and moving bodies in their narrative and poetic imagery.

Click here to watch a glimpse MIDNIGHT STAIRS

The piece is created by Ambra G. Bergamasco and Choko Butoh Dublin Research Group. After the piece, there will be time for a Q&A session.

Evening Details:

5th of December

7.30pm/ 10 euro

41 a Pleasant Street D8

Thank you!

Ambra


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Zazenshin: Acupuncture Needle of Zazen, by Shohaku Okumura

Can just sitting be enough? Do we really find it difficult to do something without ulterior meaning and motivation? I found this article interesting, it resonated with some conversations had in the Zen meditation group I go and further, I related it to when I dance Butoh: do I have an ulterior motif..or do I dance for the invitation…dancing bliss, just dancing, because there is no because. What do you think? Does this relate to your practice?

Buddhism now

Zazen is the centre of our practice and also the centre of Dogen’s teaching. The Shobogenzo Zazenshin is one of Dogen’s writings in which he discussed the essential nature of his sitting practice. He wrote this text in 1242.

‘Za’ means ‘sitting’, and ‘zen’ is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word ‘chan’ which is the transliteration of the Sanskrit word ‘dhyana’, meaning ‘meditation’. A literal translation of ‘zazen’ is ‘seated meditation’. ‘Shin’ means ‘acupuncture needle’. Today’s acupuncture needle is made of some kind of metal, but in ancient times it was made from bamboo. An acupuncture needle is a kind of instrument to heal sickness. My translation of this title, Zazenshin, is ‘Acupuncture Needle of Zazen’. Zazen is an acupuncture needle to heal our sickness.

Human Sickness

Buddhism Now cover Oct 1990. Art © Marcelle Hanselaar What is our sickness? I think it is very clear. Shakyamuni Buddha said that we have been shot with an arrow…

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