Between earth and sky

Butoh Workshop with Maruska Ronchi

Live music Giordano Costi & Stefano Carniti


Like all living beings and all things, we are connected to the earth and to the sky and in this way we are connected to everything

Feeling part of “the whole” and awakening inside you, your own movement in free and authentic way, seeking the truth of the instant, linking our breathing to nature’s breathing.
Through an exploration of the possibilities of the body and opening ourself to the feeling of our inner state, through immagination, motor of our expression and our mouvement,  keys of the door, we will enter in a place where the emotions born, where transformations will happen, and where the movement becomes  dance.

A dance that is continuous dialogue between inside and outside, between the body and the space around, between inner landscape and outside nature. Life is a continuous flow of energy we are part of. Let  it flow and  it will strike us and it will surprise us every time. Dance is the magic of life.

“For me the Butoh is a dance of transformation, a deep work on personal identity, to find your own deep authentic and original being,  until to dissolve it,  feelling part of a “whole”, to simply become a flow of energy, a substance in movement that is transformed by. A dance that comes from a strong inner need to search for origins, the deep, the truth. The butoh practice I propose is strongly inspired by Jinen Butoh of Atsushi Takenouchi my teacher to whom I owe a great deal, but also takes inspiration from other teachers that I met on my way. I try to pass it through my own experience as butoh dancer, contemporary dancer and performer. Part of the work is devoted to a workout that aims to release the unnecessary tensions of the body, and let the energy to flow into the body, to find an organic and effortless movement. One part is dedicated to improvisation guided in nature with different elements that surround us, to find our own movement deeply connected to ourselves.”

These five days are dedicated to ourself, finding time and space, starting a process of knowledge of ourselves, of our deepest and authentic being, it means an healing process, through morning meditation, body work, healthy food, dance in the nature, that allow us to express ourselves through  body, in deep connection with nature with mutual respect.


  • Morning meditation
  • Silence practice
  • A body training to release extra-tensions in the body and allow the energy to circulate inside the body, in order to find more fluid and organic mouvement, without useless effort.This will then  help us to work better on activating the energy to be released in the dance.
  • Breathing work, movement connected to the breath, how to move the energy inside the body and around it
  • Perception of oneself and others
  • Sensitization to the external environment, to others
  • Themed guided improvisations
  • Free improvisations
  • Composition and performace
  • Dancing in the nature (with trees, stones, flowers, water, river, sun, moon, fire)

We will dance with live music played by Giordano Costi and Stefano Carniti



Wensday 8 July: 18.00-20.00

From Thursday to Saturday: 9.30-13.30 15.30-18.30 (7hours per day)

Sunday 12 July: 10.00-14.00

(the schedules may be subject to slight modifications in accordance with the needs of the group)


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Maruska Ronchi

Dancer, choreographer, performer and teacher.
She met butoh dance in 2009 with Atsushi Takenouchi who becomes her master, until today.
In the meanwhile she continued study contemporary dance, and she deepened butoh research with other butoh dancers and teachers such as Carlotta Ikeda, Masaki Iwana, Yumiko Yoshioka, Imre Thorman, Minako Seki, Natsu Nakajima, Joan Laage, Semimaru (Sankai Juku ), and others.
She is now assistant of Atsushi Takenochi in the school of JINEN Butoh in Tuscany, where she teach. She continues her research in dance and movement as a performer, presenting her works at several festivals in Italy and abroad, and as a teacher and trainer, holding regular classes and workshops in Italy and abroad.
She has a contemporary dance background, graduated at CIMD (International Center of movement and dance) in Milan, directed by Franca Ferrari, and she has trained and expolered various contemporary, somatic and motion-based techniques. and she has trained and expolered various contemporary, somatic and motion-based techniques, working with Benoit Lachambre, Dominique Dupuy, Frey Faust, Pierre Doussaint (Cie ACHARNES), Nina Dipla (FOLKWANG OCHSCULE, PINA BAUSCH), Marigia Maggipinto (FOLKWANG OCHSCULE, PINA BAUSCH), Hervé Diasnas (Cie CA-HD), Giorgio Rossi (SOSTA PALMIZI), Pippo Delbono, Ariella Vidach, Rosita Mariani, Raffaella Giordano (SOSTA PALMIZI), Giovanni Jussi (ALIAS ROSALIE, Vienna), Nicoletta Cabassi (LUBBERT DAS, Vienna), Guy Shomroni (BATSHEVA ENSEMBLE, Israele), ErionKruja and Merel Lammers (HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY).
She worked as dancer, actress, and choreographer with 16Rue de Plaisance (France), Teatro all’improvviso (Italy), Tino Sehgal (U.K/Germany), Il Filo di Paglia (Italy), Joan Laage (USA), Benoit Lachambre (Canada), UnlockDancingPlaza dance company (Hong Kong), Loco Brusca (Argentina), dancing around Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada.
She present her own butoh peroromance in many international festival as Hokkaido Butoh Festival (Sapporo, Japan), Soirée Performance (Montréal, Canada), En chair et en son (Parigi, France), En chair et en son Italie (Benevento, Italy), La Voce del Corpo (Osnago, Italy).
She collaborate with international artists as Joan Laage, Kea Tonetti, Ainara Makalilo, Ursula Pehlke e Willian Lopes.