Butoh & The Imagination

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Who could benefit from this course?      
Suitable for complete beginners and those with experience in performing arts, acting, dance & movement. A workshop to add to the tool kit of all theatre makers, but especially those making physical and visual work.

How does it work? 
An intensive workshop in an intimate and supportive group, exploring Butoh dance through imagery, presence, awareness and the tension between opposites.
Butoh (dance of transformation) is an avant-garde dance philosophy/method created in Japan in the late 1950's

What do you gain?
You will gain a freedom and a way in to working with your imagination in a creative and deep way. The aim is to free the body from its mundane preconceived set of gestures in order to access a deeper and more authentic essence of movement and archetypal expression.

Dates & Times
Saturday, 02 March, 2024
1:00pm - 4:30pm
In person at The Cockpit, in the auditorium


£35 early bird (book by Monday, 19 February at 12pm)
£40 regular price

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Mim is an Artist/Choreographer/Dancer/Live Artist/Performer/Movement Director born in London, living in Brighton, working internationally. Her professional performance career commenced in 1984. Moving from circus, to visual theatre through to dance, and to live art and film, her most significant training was with Anton Adasinsky & his performance company DEREVO at their former studio in Leningrad, Russia in 1990. Miriam's work is influenced by Butoh dance. She has been creating her own unique performances since 1992, taking her to dance and live art festivals and artist-in-residences around the World. She has researched, lectured and presented work in many countries including France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland , Italy , Portugal , Greece , Iceland , USA , South Korea, China,  New Zealand and Australia. Her award winning dance film work has been shown at Lincoln Centre/ New York, Pompidou Centre/Paris, ICA/London, the Venice Biennial and at the Sydney Opera House. Miriam has a continuing performance relationship with Gallery Kruh, Kostelec nad cernymi Lesy, nr Prague, Czech Republic which commenced in 1992 and an ongoing performance relationship with SoToDo Gallery, Berlin & the Congress of Visual and Performance Art.

Miriam is on the editorial panel for Total Theatre Magazine, regularly contributing articles and reviews. She was a founder member of Movement 12 and also BUTOH Brighton. She is a visiting lecturer teaching Performance and Choreography. Currently head of Movement at Academy of Creative Training. Regularly lectures, leads tours and gives workshops on art for The Hayward Gallery, SouthBank Centre, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.


"An amazing day with Mim at The Cockpit learning a little of the mysteries of Butoh. Tender, playful, mesmerising time spent giving presence and movement to to the imaginal. Revealing hidden worlds from deep within the body, from the spaces in between things. A joyful return to speaking the language of the body. Oof I've missed that!' - Kate Alderton (Actor & Producer)

"Mim's warmth, unconditional acceptance of where we started and absolute faith in what we could produce and express meant the class I dreaded most at the start became a highlight of the foundation course." - Kevin Cherry (Actor)

"Mim’s passion for movement and theatre envelops any student that is lucky enough to be taught by her. After each session you leave the class wondering what actually happened and how Mim was able to carry you along with her. With Mim’s patience, guidance and understanding you understand how your body communicates. I would recommend anyone, whatever age, to come to a Mim class and see what you can achieve." - Graham Campbell  (Academy of Creative Training Student)

"I was introduced to the wonderful Mim in the Autumn of 2012 as she directed me in my first term of drama school in a production of Grimms Tales. I was incredibly worried and like all first year drama students arrived with a whole load of baggage and superficial personal barriers but within minutes of Mim taking us for our first movement class I felt instantly calmed and knew I was in guiding hands. Mim took a rather rigid and tense actor and helped me ground myself and embrace the physicality of a character that I never knew existed. I can honestly say that Mim helped me find the foundation stones for my future as a professional performer; not 1 audition or character research prep goes by without Mims movement class DNA being there for me. Mims movement class gave me the most powerful tools available to an actor from storytelling through my physicality whilst being completely intune with my fellow performers. For my final year showcase I was directed by Mim once more in Grimms Tales, after the Brighton Showcase I asked my friends and family and future agent what the highlight was and everyone unanimously said Grimms!" - Allen Watts (Actor)

"It was an amazing experience for me. I've learned so much about acting through this class... I was just mind-blown every single step of the way. I loved Mim's energy from the start."
- Cockpit Theatre Maker/Physical Theatre Techniques participant, September 2020

"I loved training with Mim. I learned so much. She was outstanding. Truly, one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had."
- Cockpit Theatre Maker participant, September 2020

"Mim's workshop was extremely valuable and has given me tools to deepen character work as I focus on all aspects of acting".
Steve Edwards (Actor). Cockpit Theatre Maker participant October 2021