LEIMAY LUDUS Lab with Butoh Dancer SU-EN

This LEIMAY LUDUS Lab will introduce the SU-EN Butoh Method. The SUEN butoh method aims to create a dancing and a performing body using butoh body materials. The body is de-constructed and re-defined. The challenges of body and space present new possibilities.

No previous dance training is necessary but participants need to be in good physical and mental health. The SUEN Butoh Method provides tools for stage performance and choreographic structures and does not aim to examine therapeutic processes or self-exploration.

The workshop is an introduction only; focused training over three to five years with SUEN is recommended to master this choreographic style.

A body that challenges the space
A body that is erased and still moving
A body that transforms into other realities
A body balancing beauty and brutality
A body beyond civilization and culture

Basic Training
Exercises involve breathing, gravity, balance, endurance, and strength. In this work we investigate posture, habits, and structures. Some work will be done outdoors and many exercises are done in pairs.

Body Materials/Choreographic process
This training focuses on the transformation of the body into other living matter. Different body materials, living matter as seen in nature, and principles of process are used for the artistic research. The work aims to challenge the body to become the materials and create a new method for dance expression. Choreographic elements will be introduced and used for improvisation.

SUEN‘s work is based on the Hijikata/Ashikawa Method, which was developed further in the TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO group. SUEN was a founder member of the student group GNOME for five years, where Yoko Ashikawa choreographed, and trained as an apprentice under Tomoe Shizune. SUEN is one of the very few dancers today with direct training in this lineage.

Date and Time
Wednesday April 25: 2pm – 5pm
Thursday April 26: 2pm – 5pm
Friday April 27: 2pm – 5pm
At CAVE home of LEIMAY
58 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY


SUEN is artistic director of SUEN Butoh Company, prize-winning choreographer and Butoh artist. The company was formed in Tokyo in 1992 under the supervision of Tomoe Shizune & Hakutobo, where Yoko Ashikawa was choreographing and teaching. Since 1994 the company is based in Sweden and performs internationally. SUEN also holds a nattori licence from Yoh Izumo School of Jiuta-mai, traditional Japanese dance. Since 1997 SUEN Butoh Company is based in the old village school Haglund Skola, 1 hour north of Stockholm in the middle of the forest.

SUEN is active in a wide field of the arts: performance art, video, visual art projects, voice work in addition to her dance work. Between 2006 and 2014 SUEN curated the Friction International Performance Art Festival, co-organized by Uppsala Art Museum and SUEN Butoh Company.  From 2013, SUEN also curates K.R.O.P.P, a platform for contemporary dance, co-organized with Uppsala Concert Hall.


LEIMAY LUDUS is an invitation to play in the world of LEIMAY. Through LEIMAY LUDUS Ximena, Shige and the LEIMAY Ensemble share and continue to articulate LEIMAY’s physical conditioning practices, visual art craft, aesthetics and philosophies while providing another point of access to their creations and process, and contributing to an understanding of the works distinctive to LEIMAY.

LEIMAY LUDUS offers different opportunities to work with artistic director Ximena Garnica, current ensemble dancers, and with an inspiring group of local and international guest and resident teachers working within the field of butoh, physical theater, performance art and experimental vocal practices.


LEIMAY LUDUS is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.