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Emiko Agatsuma


我妻 恵美子

Butoh Dancer, Choreographer and Director


Butoh Camp Jogja
with Emiko Agatsuma


  • AGAXART 舞踏ワークショップ東京【In person】Butoh Workshop Tokyo 2024
    AGAXART 舞踏ワークショップ東京【In person】Butoh Workshop Tokyo 2024
    Jan 01, 2024, 7:00 PM GMT+9 – Dec 31, 2024, 7:00 PM GMT+9
    石神井公園, 3 Chome-23 Shakujiimachi, Nerima City, Tokyo 177-0041, Japan
    定期的に開催する対面での舞踏ワークショップです。初心者歓迎。ダンスや表現、運動の経験が無くても問題ありません。どなたでもご参加頂けます。講師:我妻恵美子 In person Butoh Workshop for all levels by Butoh dancers, Emiko Agatusma
  • 【ONLINE】Emiko Agatsuma Butoh Workshop  / 我妻恵美子 舞踏ワークショップ   2024
    【ONLINE】Emiko Agatsuma Butoh Workshop  / 我妻恵美子 舞踏ワークショップ   2024
    Google meet
    Feb 07, 2024, 8:00 PM GMT+9 – Dec 31, 2024, 9:00 PM GMT+9
    Google meet
    ONLINE Butoh workshop. It is conducted in English and Japanese. 我妻恵美子によるオンラインの舞踏ワークショップです。日本語ですが、状況により英語を交えて行われます。初心者向けです。
  • Butoh Camp Jogja with Emiko Agatsuma
    Butoh Camp Jogja with Emiko Agatsuma
    Feb 28, 2024, 10:00 AM – Mar 04, 2024, 9:00 PM
    Kasihan, Kasihan, Bantul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    BUTOH CAMP JOGJA WITH EMIKO AGATSUMA 28 February — 4 March (2024) Presenting, a 5 night, 6 day Butoh Intensive with Butoh Instructor Emiko Agatsuma. The camp will be hosted by Movement Lab. a beautiful dance space situated within the rice fields of Kasihan, Yogjakarta. Organized by Xue.


Boost Your Creativity!


See invisible things, hear inner voices and research a local history that was almost forgotten. 


 AGAXART provides opportunities to face the inner world, which is difficult to express in language, and to discover diverse forms of expression with the body philosophy of Butoh as its main focus.

Through workshops, performances, and events, we value dialogue and diversity of mind, and provide an environment where participants can express their own feelings and thoughts.

Through fieldwork, we create unique Butoh works, actively engage in exchanges with different cultures, and work to increase interest in local resources.

We also emphasize communication with the communities in which we work, and offer Butoh works through physical expression born of experience and imagination.

​edited by Ai katoh

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Artist Statement

My hometown was hard hit by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. I was struck by a strong sense of despondency, but I noticed the regenerative power that grows gradually by helping each other. I didn't speak so much when I went there as a volunteer, but I strongly felt their emotion (sadness, anger, regret, loneliness, hopelessness, hope, etc.) that is not to be talked about.


Since then, my working process has changed. I started thinking body experience is more important than knowledge. I want to explore primitive movements in our body that are before languages.


In 1999, I met Butoh and was shocked by the method "invites an image into an empty body and the body is moved by it ". Butoh, born in the 1960s, was driven by a sense of inferiority toward Western culture and doubts about existing values, and succeeded in creating a new expression by looking at Japanese culture. I include the meaning of "erase personal limitation" in the white makeup, moreover, expand the possibility by eliminating the ego.

​By being an empty body, I can dance like a baby who doesn't have any language and prejudice.


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