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Emiko Agatsuma


我妻 恵美子

Butoh Dancer, Choreographer and Director

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​Butoh Performance

Emiko Agatsuma (Butoh)
Miya Turnbull (Mask art)


  • 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。
  • Ladder - Butoh Performance - Collaboration with Emiko Agatsuma (Butoh) and Miya Turnbull (Mask)
    Ladder - Butoh Performance - Collaboration with Emiko Agatsuma (Butoh) and Miya Turnbull (Mask)
    Jun 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – Jun 29, 2024, 8:00 PM
    Halifax, 2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS B3K 3B5, Canada
    Witness the magical fusion of Butoh dance, mask art and music in our event "Ladder" with Emiko Agatsuma, Miya Turnbull and Gozu Mezu. Fri, Jun 28, 2024 - Sat, Jun 29PM ADT
  • 木のこと The TREE
    木のこと The TREE
    Taito City
    Jul 12, 2024, 7:00 PM – Jul 13, 2024, 2:00 PM
    Taito City, 5-45 Uenokōen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-8716, Japan
    『木のこと The TREE』 わたしはここにいる たとえあなたがわたしをきろうとしても 1本の大きな木と、虫、動物、人間たち。生きるものの声。 語りや会話、踊り、そして音楽とのコラボレーションで浮かび上がる共生の物語 日時:7/12(金)19時・13(土)14時 会場:東京文化会館・小ホール 脚本/演出:ペヤンヌマキ 音楽:林 正樹 出演:南 果歩、金子清文、古澤裕介、我妻恵美子、林 正樹、藤本一馬、須川崇志 S席3,300円 A席2,200円 小中学生(全席共通)1,100円


Boost Your Creativity!


AGAXART enhances people's creativity

through Butoh


We create opportunities for participants to discover their inner richness and refine their sensitivity through the physical philosophy of Butoh.

Creation and performance

We emphasize fieldwork to create new Butoh works that include new insights.

Cultural exchange

We actively engage in exchanges with different cultures and work to increase interest in local resources and history both in Japan and abroad.

We contribute to the growth and improvement of physical expression in Japan through our interactions with people.

​edited by Ai katoh

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​Media appearances

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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