Diego Piñón: Workshop

Saturday, October 14, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Class Fee: $20.00 -or- two class cards

White Box Live Arts
2590 Truxton Road, Upstairs


Saturday, November 25, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
Class Fee: $20.00 -or- two class cards

White Box Live Arts
2590 Truxton Road, Upstairs

Chaos and crisis, destruction and deformation, depression  and stagnation. All these are present in our lives, and at the same time we have freedom, compassion and brotherhood at our fingertips.
Even if you feel you don't have energy, you have to believe something is there inside you to support yourself to keep going with aliveness and creativity. How do you rescue your energy from the limit of your tiredness and your hopeless… How do you enter the stage in honesty, in a pure state of expression? It depends on the state of truth the body can reach—integrating the joy to move as well the pain to survive—almost presenting a naked body without judgment and mental limitations and expressing the precarious and fragile nature of what it means to be human.
My vision for the stage is to use public offerings to go beyond personal limits, beyond the ego, and without pretension, to renew the highest purpose of the sacred language of dance.
To truly awaken the body is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual process. Every Butoh Ritual Mexicano workshop involves high-impact aerobic training, active meditation, and guided improvisation, all embraced within a sense of communal ritual. The collective physical training consists of stretching, shaking, jumping, low-level groundwork, balancing, partnering, weight sharing, impulse exchange, bodywork, bioenergetics, breath expansion, and transpersonal communication. Active meditation exercises are introduced to quiet the mind and awaken originative, non-reactive impulses for organic movement. Guided improvisations then give participants the opportunity to integrate this newfound sensory awareness within their physical body, environments both internal and external, and the shared workshop space.

Personal Interests
1. Butoh Ritual Mexicano challenges us to awaken and explore all human qualities ranging from the subtle to the outrageous, both beautiful and ugly. Butoh Ritual Mexicano seeks the emergence of the deeper self, to touch if only for a moment, the inexplicable matter of the human soul. Through this process of transforming our daily life by transforming our dance, we can offer more creative energy to our community.
2. Butoh Ritual Mexicano proposes a path to open and stimulate our bodies, our perceptions, emotions, and imagination in order to activate, project, express, and expand our energy. From this proposal, Butoh Ritual Mexicano joins theatrical presentation with ritual in a modern way, restoring the sacred aspect of live performance.
3. Butoh Ritual Mexicano proposes a process of physical, mental, and spiritual self-knowledge, and helps us to cultivate deep abilities of communication through dance. Connecting our physical energy with our expressive needs in order to develop a holistic consciousnesses is the most important work for a performing artist.
Ritual Dance allows us to set feelings and sensations on the surface of the skin from the deepest side of the soul. The range of forms could be infinite, the human expression depends on the opening of our energetic centers, our perceptions, and our consciousness. Ritual dance redeems, among others, the religious, mystical and magical side of us. There is no one technique of Butoh--it implies multiple conditions to open the joints, to open energy, to open memories, to remember our essence and origin. There are conditions and there are tools.
The energy from earth is connected to the sky from our body through our spine. We help it reach the highest level, transmitting through our dance powerful streams of vibrant energy. We can become bridges between earth and heaven, creativity and destruction, spiritual and material, body and soul, human and animal, self and other, love and hate. We could dance everything with consciousness, with a sense of transformation and offering.
Chaos and crisis, destruction and deformation, suffering and stagnation… All these are present in our lives, and at the same time we experience creativity, compassion and community. My vision for the stage is to use a public space to go beyond personal limits, to renew the highest purpose to the sacred language of dance, to understand life as a possibility of energetic and evolutionary transformation, to reach more freedom to experience creativity, love, pleasure, and joy, all with greater consciousness.
As human beings used the energy of nature to survive, they created the first primitive forms of movement. In Butoh dance we relive the sense of these primitive forms as a way to rescue all the lost parts of the human being. Butoh questions our habitual actions, preconceptions, and judgments.
Butoh Ritual Mexicano updates our understandings and expectations of sacred dance. This process is a result of 35 years of working and research in dance and ritual: To disrupt the patterns of our personal behavior, our inherited traditions, and our social conventions. To create a shift in perspective from performing to offering. The objective is to use the stage to be in service. The proposal of Butoh Ritual Mexicano is to create an artistic practice with the intention to serve a personal and social function beyond, but not excluding, entertainment.