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 a free and authentic way, seeking the truth of the instant, linking our breathing to nature’s breathing.

Through the exploration of the possibilities of the body and opening our-self to the feeling of our inner state, through imagination, motor of our expression and our movement, keys of the door, we will enter in a place where the emotions are born, where transformations will happen, and where the movement will become 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. Through dance we speak our truth.

For me 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, feeling 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, to connect with sacred.

Butoh practice I propose it’s mainly inspired from JINEN Butoh of Atsushi Takenouchi, my great and beloved master. To him I owe my encounter with butoh and the beginning of a great transformation in my dance and in my life. I had the chance to work with him for 13 years as assistant in Butoh School in Italy. I wish to convey, with all my passion, the wonder of this beautiful and powerful dance practice.

JINEN: “JINEN is ALL. Jinen Butoh is a life force that dance with all. All things are dancing with Jinen. Jinen Butoh is to join together with all the life that are already dancing, to dance with the flow of the universe that is Jinen” (From Jinen Butoh website)

This is an intensive and immersive workshop open to all levels. It’s not necessary to have previous butoh experience, but it’s recommended to have good motivation, good attitude to movement, and good attitude to stay in a group. We will practice 7 hours per day (32 hours in 6 days).

These six days are dedicated to ourselves, finding time and space, starting a process of knowledge of ourselves, of our deepest and authentic being. An healing process, through morning

meditation and silent practice, body work, healthy food, dance in the nature (in the forest and to the river), ritual performances, that allow us to express ourselves through the body, in deep connection between us and with nature with mutual respect.


The Practice

– Morning meditation – Silence practice – Morning yoga

– 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 movement, without useless effort. This will then help us to work better on activating the energy to be released in the dance.

– Breathing practice – movement connected to the breath, how to move the energy inside the body and around it

– Self perception and perception of the external environment

– Guided improvisations in the nature dancing with trees, stones, flowers, water, river, sun, moon, fire, stars

– Free improvisations, group work – Composition and ritual performances

We will dance with live music played by Giordano Costi

Schedule of practice:

Friday 4 August : Arrival and 2 hours practice from 6pm to 8pm From Saturday to Monday: 7hours practice per day in Piedinterra and in nature places around (we will move to the forest and to the river place) Tuesday 8 August7hours practice including ritual performances of participants Wednesday 9 August2 hours practice and closing cirle from 9am till 11.00 and Departure at 2pm 

(the schedules may be subject to slight modifications in accordance with the needs of the group) Total 32 hours of practice in 6 days


Deadline to register is 

The guides

Maruska Ronchi is a butoh dancer, choreographer and performer, graduated in Contemporary Dance at CIMD International Center of Milan. She met butoh in 2009 with Atsushi Takenouchi, and, since then, researching in butoh under his guidance for 12 years, becoming his assistant in JINEN butoh school in Italy where she had the possibility to dive deeply into butoh practice. Besides, she met many other important teachers: Yoshito Ohno, Masaki Iwana, Yumiko Yoshioka, Minako Seki, Carlotta Ikeda, Sankai Yuku, and many others.

She is now independently developing her own approach to the creative process.

She has been invited to perform and teach in many theatres and festivals in different countries in Europe (France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Spain), in Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Mauritius.

She collaborate with international artists nurishing her language through artistic residency and creations. She founded HAIKUMU Project with Ursula Pehlke and Willian Lopes, and Butoh_Pan Group with Franziska Gerth, Luiza De Cnop and Ilaria Vergani. She participate to Sense-Ability a collaborative online experiment with 14 artists initiated by Gio -Hyunju Shin) to make and developing original way for new creations. She danced under direction of Joan Laage, Atsushi Takenouchi and Seisaku.

Giordano Costi musician, multi-instrumentalist, he has been collaborating since 2015 in Butoh dance workshops and performances directed by the dancer and choreographer Maruska Ronchi, creating soundscapes that accompany the sensations expressed by the dancers, also being inspired by natural environments. For several years he has also been involved in experimental and ethnic music. He collaborate with various musicians and singers in various fields.