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This LEIMAY Ludus Lab with guest dancer Mari Osanai is divided in three different modules: 1) Introduction to Noguchi Taiso Part One, 2) Noguchi Taiso Part Two, and 3) Movement Creation and Structure. Modules can be taken separately or together. However early registration and discounts are only open to those who plan on taking all the modules.

This LEIMAY Ludus Lab is open to dancers, body-rooted performers, physical actors of all levels, ages, and capabilities. Within the whole duration of this LEIMAY Ludus Lab participants will explore fundamental elements of Noguchi Taiso (Noguchi Gymnastics). During the third module under the guidance of Osanai, participants will work on the creation of short individual and group pieces.

Noguchi Taiso (Noguchi Gymnastics)  was created in Japan by Michizo Noguchi (1914-1998) during the same period as butoh was being developed by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. The aim is to develop the uniqueness of each individual movement and to relieve any undue strain. Taiso means ‘gym’ in Japanese, but not in the conventional sense. As Osanai explains, “This technique has nothing to do with the swelling of the muscles nor resistance forces. The body learns to move in a certain way but is loose and fluid. It becomes soft and flexible as it uses its own weight to be moved.”

These modules will allow participants to experience Mari’s unique approach to dance and understanding of Noguchi Taiso, and to discover their own individual and unique approach to movement creation. Modules will explore the following elements and subjects:

Module 1: Introduction to Noguchi Taiso Part 1
Body is a living water bag. Learn how to feel your own weight.

  • Movement using water bag.
  • Hanging arms and upper body. Movement of tranquility (one of most important elements of training in Noguchi Taiso).
  • Movement using impulse of the belly button. Movement of fetus. Nyoro rolling movement which is  a snake-like movement.
  • Walking along with gravity.

Module 2: Introduction to Noguchi Taiso Part 2
Understanding body systems.

  • Pelvis movement.
  • Divide the body in left side and right side.
  • Walking with the hip. Walking with the back.
  • Turning Tanden. Five positions: Middle tanden spinning, upper tanden spinning, parallel to the floor spinning, vertically to the floor spinning, figure 8 spinning.
  • Arm movement with figure 8.

Module 3: Movement Creation and Structure
Using Noguchi Taiso principals and Mari Osanai’s choreographic inquiries, students in this module will deepen the material explored during Module 1 and 2, however, the focus will be towards finding unique movement vocabularies. Participants will be guided to work in a short solo or ensemble piece.

  • Dividing body into tiny parts. Becoming conscious of 60 trillion cells you have.
  • Trying to make movements with a different kinds of textures, qualities and images inside of the body. Then trying to make movements with images of tide, stream and flux inside of the body.

Pre-registration is required. Members’ discounts and other discounts valid for online payment only. Early registration and discounts are only open to those who plan on taking all the modules.

Mari teacher squareMari Osanai is an independent dance artist, choreographer and Noguchi Taiso (gymnastics) instructor. Born in Aomori city Japan, she was trained in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance at an early age and later studied Tai-chi, Jazz dance, Noguchi Taiso, and has trained with Hironobu Oikawa. Particularly Noguchi Taiso and its theory had a great influence on her creations. She is a minimalist of dance. Her unique and complex movements are created interweaving these techniques. She started performing, teaching, and choreographing as an independent dance artist in Japan, began performing overseas in 1994, and has since performed in Canada, USA, and Greece.

 DCALEIMAY Ludus Labs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.