4 Guide Butoh Retreat – Weekly Application


The Sirince 4 Guide Butoh Intensive is made up of 4 guides coming from four different countries: Santeri Vikström (Finland), Alessia Mallardo (Italy), Coco Villarreal (Mexico), and Adam Koan (USA).

Together we will guide a 5 week intensive composed of 5 hours of training per day, Monday to Friday. The focus will be butoh approached via various avenues such as Noguchi taiso. We will break though boundaries of human domestication in order to both feel and create in a more in-depth way.

Santeri guides a unique and potent way to increase mental fluidity in order to explore and deepen ones butoh, movement, ritual and psyche. Alessia works via Noguchi taiso and somatics. Coco takes us to the edge, brings us back to our inner nature, and creates an atmosphere of deep listening. Adam combines physical, intellectual and shamanic methods to bring us into our personal butoh body. Part of the emphasis of this program is for both guide and participant to harmonize these guiding approaches into one.

Santeri Vikström

Santeri Vikström is a butoh-based artist and curious wonderer based in Helsinki, Finland. His background is in butoh, various wisdom traditions and improvisational theatre. His work is related to butoh and builds an ability to open the space where flow, alternative stages of consciousness, and creativity are generated and where mindfulness and trance states meet in so-called “lucid trance”.
He has studied butoh all around world for almost a decade and he has presented butoh performances and workshops in places such as Finland, Germany, India, Serbia, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Australia, Hungary, Denmark and so on.

Bridging between butoh, mystery and creativity.

In this workshop series, we will enter a unique and potent way to increase mental fluidity to explore and deepen each ones butoh, movement, ritual and psyche. We are in the search of kind of optimal grip which will allow us to dance the unseen and moisten each ones unique approach. Workshop includes a clear account of how to relate to mystery and how to embody it, what we can do to improve the contact with flow in butoh, arts and life in general and how to come more into in a lucid stage to improve the creativity and embodiment. The workshop series is suitable for anyone and no previous butoh or dance practice is needed.

Alessia Mallardo (Medusa)

Alessia Mallardo (Medusa), dancer and dance therapist, psychologist and researcher of conscious and unconscious processes: dreams, trance, rituals of possession. She has always been interested in exploring that borderline territory between light and shadow. She practices dance both as an art form and as a tool in the service of social services. Among the many teachings she has received, Butoh is her favourite instrument, which she has been learning and practising since she began following Atsushi Takenouchi; she learns Noguchi Taiso from Imre Thormann, as the preparatory and complementary gymnastics to movement.

Starting with elements of Noguchi Taiso, we create sensory maps, sensitive geographies, visible and invisible. we explore the senses of hearing, touch, vision, taste, smell and how the somatic reactions of the body come together in movement. Let’s take touch, for example, starting with the dynamics of movement and focusing on the support of the body on the ground. An experience is born that is dynamically translated into form, therefore into images to which we leave the drive to go elsewhere. A dialogue with the space outside, an open door to the space inside. The observation, the construction, the discovery of unthinkable spaces that can find shape through dance.

Adam Koan

Adam is a half Colombian half Venezuelan-American, raised in the small town of Belleview, Florida who has toured the world performing, teaching, and writing about Butoh. He has taught butoh at Tiyatro Medresesi on three separate retreat programs during winter of 2021. He is a former facilitator at Himalaya Subbody Butoh and was curator for the 2-week Serbia Butoh Retreat 2019. In his early dance history, he was classically trained in Ballet and Modern Dance.

To Adam, butoh is a means to re-adopt the body and to break out of various limiting habits modern society has thrusted upon our bodies and spirits. The body is an enigma and an entire universe full of wonder, and both surface and shadow are made to eventually dance together in harmony.

Adam’s butoh guiding draws upon a multitude of exercises and perspectives that emphasize the body-mind connection, improvisation, imagination, shamanic motifs, and unlearning. It may be a rich resource for dancers, actors, performance artists, body workers, athletes, psychologists, and more.

Clear instruction is emphasized. The guiding cultivates individual deep creation within and is crafted in such a way that both beginners and experienced practitioners can gain material to construct a personal Butoh body. No experience of any prior discipline needed.

Coco Villarreal

Coco Villarreal was born in Mexico City. There he studied Opera singing in the Conservatorio Nacional de Música and Literature and Theater in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

He has experienced theater and music professional work since the age of 16 collaborating in several proposals from opera to contemporary dance and theater. He had work for international theater and dance companies such as TEATRO DE CIERTOS HABITANTES (México), Vangeline Theater (USA), De Nuit Comme De tour (Switzerland), Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán (Colombia), Compañía Patricia Guerrero

Coco has directed IX-Butoh Ritual Dance and Theater (originally called Teatro Prieto) since 2009. Performing, directing and teaching in several venues and festivals in Mexico, Colombia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Maroc, Indonesia, Honduras and Spain.

As a teacher Coco guided a few hundreds of students coming from different cultures and backgrounds. His goal is to reconnect our daily lives with the human essence of freedom, creativity, expression and healing through our voice and body movement.

He has been dancing butoh since the age of 19 learning by the hand of Diego Piñón, director of Body Ritual Movement who was disciple of Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno for
many years in Japan. Coco also studied with Akira Kassai, Natsue Nakajima, Ken Mai, Yuko Kaseki among others. though his work is inspired by the years of contact and training with Diego combined with Martial Arts, Yoga, body training, singing and Meditation.

He earned the prize “Best scenic proposal” in 2003 during the XI National Universitary Theater Festival in Mexico.

Dates of the Camp

Between 17th January 2022 – 25th February 2022

The workshops will take place from Monday to Friday, every day between 10.00 – 17.30. 13.00 – 14.30 is lunch time.

Please indicate the dates you want to participate in the “Checkin – Checkout Dates” section on the application form. (Note: In case of participation for more than a week (5 days workshop), the updated price will be sent to you.)

Arrival: We request that you arrive by Sunday, one day before your designated week(s), in order to have a proper introduction to the space, format, organizational matters and questions you may have.

First Week

Mon – Opening Circle – 10:00 – 12:30 | Coco – 14:30 17:00

Tues – Santeri – 10:00 – 12:30 | Adam – 14:30 – 17:00

Wed – Alessia – 10:00 – 12:30 | Santeri – 14:30 – 17:00

Thurs – Coco – 10:00 – 12:30 | Adam – 14:30 – 17:00

Fri – Alessia – 10:00 – 12:30 | Open performance prep – 14:30 – 17:00 | Peformances that same day (before or after dinner)

All the other weeks

Mon – Alesia – 10:00 – 12:30 | Coco – 14:30 17:00

Tues – Santeri – 10:00 – 12:30 | Adam – 14:30 – 17:00

Wed – Alesia – 10:00 – 12:30 | Santeri – 14:30 – 17:00

Thurs – Coco – 10:00 – 12:30 | Adam – 14:30 – 17:00

Fri – All Guides – 10:00 – 12:30 | Open performance prep – 14:30 – 17:00 | Peformances that same day (before or after dinner)

Kamp Tarihi

17 Ocak 2022 – 25 Şubat 2022 tarihleri arasında her hafta

Atölyeler Pazartesi’den Cuma’ya Her Gün 10.00 – 17.30 saatleri arasında gerçekleşecektir. 13.00 – 14.30 öğle yemeği saatidir.

Katılmak istediğiniz tarihleri başvuru formunda yer alan “Giriş – Çıkış Tarihleri” kısmında beliritiniz. (Not: Bir haftadan (5 günlük atölye katılımı) fazla katılım durumunda tarafınıza güncellemiş fiyat gönderilecektir.)

Gelişler: Planlanan haftaya katılım için Pazar gününden gelmenizi bekliyoruz. Böylece mekan, program ve diğer sorularınız için zaman yaratabileceğiz.

Quota / Kontenjan: 16

Accommodation → Type A Type B Type C
Standard 3700 ₺ 4450 ₺ 5150 ₺
Early Bird 3200 ₺ 3950 ₺ 4650 ₺
Type A Dormitory (up to 8 people ) (Shared Bathroom)
Type B Double  Room (Private Bathroom)
Type C Single Room (Private  Bathroom)


(Türkçe’si aşağıdadır)

For the prices specified in the table; Includes 4 meals a day, unlimited tea and water, studio and workshop fees (for 5 days) and accomodation for 6 days.

For applications made BEFORE December 13th,  fees are reduced. Discounts shown as Shown as Early Bird / Standard in the chart above

In this workshop extra discount is applied for participants from Turkey.

Important Notice:

The fees in the table show the total fee for one-week participation in the program between Monday, January 17, 2021′ and Friday, February 25. Discounts between 10%, %15 and 20% will be applied for participation over two weeks. Please specify the date range you want to attend in the Check-in/Check-out section of the application.


Tabloda belirtilen fiyatlara; günde 4 öğün yemek, sınırsız çay ve su ile stüdyo kullanımları, atölye ücretleri (5 gün) ve 6 gün konaklama dahildir. İndirimlerle ilgili kısmı dikkatle okuyunuz.

13 Aralık 2021 tarihinden ÖNCE yapılan başvurularda indirimlidir. İndirimler tabloda katılım Early Bird / Standard olarak gösterilmiştir.

Bu atölyede Türkiye’den başvuran katılımcılar için extra indirim uygulanmaktadır. Eğer Türkiye’den başvuruyorsanız başvurunuzun sonunda indirim kupunu bölümüne   “TR2022BUTOH” yazarak eğitim ücreti üzerinden %30 indirim hesaplanacaktır.

Önemli Not:

Tablodaki ücretler,  17 Ocak 2022′ Pazartesi ile 25 Şubat 2022 Cuma tarihleri arasında programa bir haftalık katılım için toplam ücreti göstermektedir. İki haftanın üzerindeki katılımlar için %10, %15 ve %20 arasında indirimler uygulanacak tarafınıza bildirilecektir. Lütfen katılmak istediğiniz tarih aralığını başvuruda Giriş/Çıkış kısmında belirtiniz.

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Who can apply?

Anyone interested in the issues we work on.
No prior experience is required to participate.

Participants are expected to be ready at 10:00am on Monday’s, we recommend that those coming from out of town attend on Sunday.

For the healthy progress of the workshop; We expect participants to have a Covid test before arriving.

Bu atölyeye kimler başvurabilir?

Üzerinde çalıştığımız konulara ilgi duyan herkes.
Çalışmalara katılmak için herhangi bir ön deneyim aranmaz.

Katılımcıların Pazartesi (başlangıç) günleri 10.00’da hazır olmaları beklenir, şehir dışından gelenlerin Pazar gününden katılmalarını öneriyoruz.

Atölyenin sağlıklı ilerlemesi için; Katılımcıların gelmeden önce Covid testi yaptırmalarını bekliyoruz.

Önemli Not!

Sıklıkla Sorulan Sorular

Başvuru prosedürüyle ilgili sorularınız için bize yazmadan önce bu bölüme göz gezdirmenizi rica ederiz. Muhtemelen, sorunuzun cevabı orada mevcut.


Başvuru Formu / Application Form