Ren Gyo Soh Transformation Workshop


Saturday, November 16th, 1-6 pm (5h)


General: $50- (Including Fee)

Early Bird Discount: $45- (Including Fee) Through Nov. 1st


In this workshop, you will cultivate your instruments so that you may access not only internal materials but also external materials around for any creative circumstances. Through Butoh training, you will be revealing, discovering, and unfolding hidden self; which is a gift that you have, and you will be able to share them with others. You will practice to let go of your self and to be "possible body" (I call it "available body" as well.), which you may be able to transform (or become) anything else (both living objects and non-living objects). Your body is a vessel. Through movement exercises, you will learn knowledge of your instruments, so that you may apply it to your work functionally.

Everyone is different: When you bring an individual life into work, it will blossom with the unique surprise of each artist. Butoh brings vibrancy to your life. And it challenges your limitations physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You will develop breathing, concentration, relaxation, emotional capacity, physical && mental stamina, and imagination. And in this way, you develop your own living body. You may experience more living than you do in your daily life. Butoh activates your vital energy.

This Workshop incorporates Butoh, Pure && Merry Conway Movement, Noguchi Movement, Acting, Voice, Yoga / Somatic movement, and Physical Theatre


"My dance is the expansion of human concept- letting a human body metamorphosis into anything including an animal, a plant, even an object which does not have a life, and the fundamental ideology of my butoh is finding the possibility." -Tatsumi Hijikata

"Butoh is a dance of life" - Kazuo Ono

About the instructor:

Yokko is an Actor, Butoh && Theatre Artist, Movement && Yoga Instructor from Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including Best One-Woman Show, "Best Choreography" Best Physical Theatre and "Best Actress" for Butoh Medea (United Solo NYC 2014 && 2015 at Theatre Row, TVolution 2018 Hollywood Fringe Awards). Butoh Medea was selected to perform in Warsaw, Poland. (United Solo Europe 2015, Teatre Syrena), toured Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, nominated The Asian Arts Award. It has been touring Europe and Universities in the USA since 2016. ( Butoh Medea will be presented at Cheb Festival in Prague, Czech in Oct. 2019. Other Theatre credits include: Lone Wolf Tribe's Body Concert (Labapalooza! 2018 at St. Ann's Warehouse), Hide Your Fires (Pan Asian Rep's NU Works, United Solo 2017: Theatre Row), BALDY (CRS NYC, United Solo 2013, Hollywood Fringe 2013, Fringe NYC 2012), Dance Credits Include: Shira Hime Ryu (NY Butoh Institute Festival 2018 at Theatre For The New City), Hijikata Tatsumis Last Words (Dance Medium, Noguchi Room, Hijikata Archive, Keio University, 2018), ManJuShaGe:A flower on earth, A flower (Dance Medium, Noguchi Room, Hijikata Archive, Keio University, 2017), FACET (Irondale Center, White Wave, Hollywood Fringe 2013). Her choreographed work, SHINKA has been developed and received several awards such as Outstanding Production, Outstanding Choreography, and Outstanding Ensemble (Planet Connections 2018), and the show received two awards from New York Innovative Theatre Foundation (IT Award 2019) Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play, Outstanding Choreography && Movement. Yokko also acted in several local and international films, one of which is the Student Academy Winner film, Cloud-Kumo (2016). Recently she has been appearing several music videos as a Butoh dancer including Cage The Elephant (Grammy Winner - Best Rock Album 2017)- Ready To Let Go (2019), NOIA- AUSENCIAS (2019) directed by Amy Gardner, POW! - Dream Decay (2019), and Automatic - Too Much Money (2019)

She has been regularly offering workshops (Butoh && Movement, Butoh && Physical Theatre, Transformation) in several places include NYC, Atelier Teatro Fisico Performing Arts University in Turin (Italy), Edinburgh (UK), Warsaw (Poland), Izmir (Turkey), St. Lawrence University (NY), SUNY New Paltz (NY), Amherst College (MA), Actors Studio Drama School MFA, Stella Adler Academy of Acting, The Actors Studio, and at some events such as UNFIX NYC and Ecstatic Dance. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty in Movement for Actors at BFA program by the New Group at Long Island University in Brooklyn Fall-Spring 2020. Also, she is a guest choreographer for BFA in Dance at LIU Brooklyn this Fall. She is the artistic director of an NYC based Butoh && Theatre group Ren Gyo Soh. (

B.A. in Theatre (UAlbany), M.F.A. in Acting (The Actors Studio)


Butoh Medea

Winner of Best One-Woman Show (United Solo NYC 2014)

Winner of Best Choreography (United Solo NYC 2014)

Winner of Best Physical Theatre (United Solo NYC 2015)

Winner of Best Actress (TVolution 2018 Hollywood Fringe Award)

Recipient of Special Award (Thespis Festival 2018, Kiel Germany)

Nominated for Asian Arts Award (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015)

Nominated for Best International (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018)

Nominated for Best Dance && Physical Theatre (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2018)


Winner of Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play (New York Innovative Theatre Award 2019)

Winner of Outstanding Choreography && Movement (New York Innovative Theatre Award 2019)

Winner of Outstanding Production of a Dance && experimental production (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018)

Winner of Outstanding Choreography (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018)

Winner of Outstanding Ensemble (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018)

Nominated for Outstanding Actress featured role (The New York Innovative Theatre awards 2018-2019)

Nominated for Outstanding Direction (NY IT Award 2018-2019)

Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth

Winner of Best Physical Theatre (United Solo NYC 2017)

Winner of Best Sound Design (United Solo NYC 2017) with Jorge Olivo

Winner of Best International (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019)

Winner of ENCORE Producers Award (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019)

Nominated for Best O-face Award (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019)


Nominee for Best Supporting Actress (Antigone, Planet Connection 2016),


Nominee for Best International Performance (Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013)


A recipient of 2019 Brooklyn Arts Fund a new project, En.


Open:   11/16/19
Close:   11/16/19

11/16/19- 1:00:00
Theater:   Church of Grace && St Paul
Address:   123 West 71st St
New York, NY 10023
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Cost:$45, $50
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006