LEIMAY LUDUS Winter Intensive // Exploring Hijikata’s butoh-fu

LEIMAY LUDUS Winter Intensive with Artistic Director Ximena Garnica & Senior Ensemble Member Andrea Jones

Words and Movement: An Exploration of Tatsumi Hijikata’s butoh-fu

A 3-Day Intensive to start off the New Year!

LEIMAY LUDUS Winter Intensive is envisioned by Artistic Director Ximena Garnica and senior Ensemble member Andrea Jones as a laboratory for developing and sharing an instinctive, conscious, and rigorous way to cultivate a performer’s body.

The LEIMAY LUDUS Winter Intensive will focus on exploring some aspects of Tatsumi Hijikata’s butoh-fu through the teachings transmitted to artistic director Ximena Garnica by one of his dancers, the late butoh dancer Yukio Waguri.

Yukio Waguri was the main male dancer at Tatsumi Hijikata’s Asbestos-kan from 1972 to 1978. From this period, he kept notes of the words Hijikata (butoh’s co-founder) spoke while choreographing. These words are called butoh-fu, a unique method for choreography. Waguri made his own interpretation of these words and continued to use them as a method for his own choreography and teaching. Waguri passed away on October 22, 2017.

Yukio Waguri worked with LEIMAY directors and many local dancers several times as a guest during the NY Butoh-Kan Training Initiative. We consider him a messenger of Hijikata’s methodology. He wanted to pass on Hijikata’s choreographic process as he understood and recorded it. Thus, in this process of multiple transmissions, this LUDUS intensive will create a space to reflect and share some of the teachings Yukio Waguri left us with.

The first annual LUDUS Winter Intensive is open to dancers, actors, performers, movers, and those interested in investigating the human body’s vast possibilities. Ximena and Andrea will utilize improvisation as a means of personal exploration, thus accessing each student’s individual physical potential so as to develop a unique and individualized movement vocabulary.

Date and Time
Thursday, January 3: 10am – 2pm
Friday January 4: 10am – 2pm
Saturday January 5: 10am – 2pm
At CAVE home of LEIMAY
58 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY
$120 – Full 3 day intensive
$45 – Single Day






Artistic Director Ximena Garnica performing with Yukio Waguri at the 2003 New York Butoh Festival. Photo by Jonas Hidalgo.






Ximena Garnica (Artistic Co-Director) is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, and artist and simultaneously an active curator and producer. She is the Co-Artistic Director at LEIMAY. Garnica is part of the dance faculty at P.H.T.S, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Other teaching credits include master classes and lectures at Denison University, Skidmore College, DeSales University, and Muhlenberg College. She received a B.A. in Theater Arts with a minor in Multimedia Studies from the City College of New York. In 2006 she graduated from Akira Kasai’s Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo. Garnica has been leading a variety of programs at CAVE since the year 2000 including international performance festivals, residencies and training projects.

Andrea Jones (Ensemble member) joined LEIMAY as a member of the performance and research ensemble in 2012.  Since becoming part of the LEIMAY team, she has had the opportunity to study with world-renowned butoh masters and dancers such as Ko Murobushi, Moeno Wakamatsu, Sherwood Chen, Tadashi Endo, Kota Yamazaki, Yuko Kaseki, and Su-en.  She is also an active contributor to the development of the LEIMAY LUDUS. Andrea is a graduate of George Mason University, where she double majored in dance and comparative literature with a focus in East Asian literature. She is a certified yoga instructor and lived in Japan for a year and a half, studying Noguchi Taiso in Osaka, Tokyo, and Aomori with teacher Mari Osanai.



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.