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Jinen Butoh


5. Uluslararası Tek Kişilik Oyunlar Festivali  (23-28 August 2022)


Between darkness and light

Butoh is a Japanese avant-garde contemporary dance. It originated after the Second World War, as a reaction to the horror of war and an act of resistance towards the modern society’s forms and values, coming from the United States. Its aim is not to reach some canonic ideals or to represent forms, but to connect to our life source, through a deep acceptance and listening of the body.

In the workshop we will work on how to embody images. We will seek for our inner fragile, true and unknown places, exploring different phases between inner and outer space.

Constantly supported by live music, this research will lead our physical bodies into a sensitive and deep-present way of movement and expression.

Because, as our physical body can dance with forms, materials and spaces, our presence can dance with energies, memories, and feelings.

Anna Orkolainen

Anna is a indipendant Butoh dancer, contemporary dancer, teacher, choreographer, performer living in Hannover, Germany.

Born in 1981 in Soviet Estonia, The family roots comes from Finland trybe Inkeri, so afrer the end of Soviet Union family moves back to Finland.

When she were 10 years old Anna started to train in dance: Jazz, street dance, ballet and show dance.


1999 – 2001 Helsingin kuvataidelukio, school of fine Arts in Helsinki

2002 – 2006 BA hons. Dance Studies (2.1) University of Roehampton, London Trained in Graham, Limon, Release, Cunningham and Classical Ballet.


2005 – 2007 Graduate Diploma in Professional Contemporary Dance Performance, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds. Trained in Graham, Release, Cunnigham and Classical Ballet Apprentiship

as a dancer in the production of dance company “Tilted Production” choreographer Maressa von Stockert, London.


2007 – 2008 Aleksanteri Teatteri Helsinki “Tiloja Tanssille” professional training in contemporary and classical dance with Aapo Aaltokoski, Jyrki Karttunen, Petri Kekori, Arja Raatikainen, Kirsi Monni, Katri Soini

2008 -2012 MA in Dance- and Theater- pedagogie, Theater Academy, Helsinki


2008 – 2010 Helsingin Ashtanga Joogakoulu. Daily Ashtanga yoga practice of full first series.


2011 – 2021 Antagon TheaterAction Frankfurt am Main. Dancer, acrobat, acterss, performer, teacher and choreographer. Being part of six big scale outdoor productions and developing two of them. Toured to Brazil,

Mexico, Russia, Italy, Romania, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany. Organizer of yearly “Night of Dance” Programme in Sommerwerft International Theater Festival Frankfurt am Main.


2007 – 2021 Participated in several project of Slava Polunin. Performing as a green clown in “Slava’s Snow Show” tours in Galsgow, Liverpool, Toulouse, London, Hawai “Stairway to Heaven” 2007, “Mir Caravan” 2010 Moscow, “Fools in the Desert” The Burning Man Festival Nevada 2009 and several projects at the “Yellow Mill” as a dancer / performer.


2010 -2021 working with choreographer Shusaku Takenuchi “Bodytorium” in productions “Buttefly”, “Package”, “Poro”, “Spiderweb” and “Ice – Regentrude”.


2012 – 2021 student of a Jinen Butoh, Atsushi Takenouchi and Hiroko Miaya


2020 – 2021 Theaterproductions with musician, composer Marja Burchard „Regentrude“, „Schatten vergessener Ahnen“, „Poro“, “Cage”, “Spiderweb” as a dancer, choreographer in collaboration with the choreographer and dancer Shusaku Takeuchi Japan/Neitherland


2021 teacher of Jinen Butoh in TUT – Hannover In addition she learned Orixa Dance in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil with Augusto Omulu (Odin Theater). Also had been a student for five years of Nina Dilpa (Pina Baush)


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