Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Butoh with Hiroko Tamano at Danspace!

Hiroko bird

Grounded on this earth

both embracing and embraced by the universe.

Through the consciousness

and unconsciousness of our existence

through and despite

birth and death,

we dance.

         Claudine Naganuma

Hiroko audience

Butoh is an avant-garde Japanese dance form. This May, Danspace plays host to world famous Master Butoh artist Hiroko Tamano. I had the pleasure of meeting Hiroko and her husband and collaborator Koichi Tamano in the early 1990s while studying as a graduate student at Mills College. I also had the opportunity to present their company, Harupin Ha Ankoku Butoh, during my tenure as the Artistic Director of Asian American Dance Performances. Taking classes with the Tamanos gave me an opportunity to connect with my Japanese heritage and opened up the possibility of tapping into the archetypes of being human. It allowed me an opportunity to explore the aesthetic of dance within the context of an Eastern concept of time. I am honored that Hiroko will be teaching my dNaga company classes on Saturdays in May, providing our dancers an opportunity to experience this expressive and powerful style of dance. Classes are open to the public.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Butoh with Hiroko Tamano at Danspace!

Claudine Naganuma, Director
Danspace & dNaga

About Claudine

Claudine Naganuma (Choreographer/Teacher) received a liberal arts education from Dominican College, earning a BA degree in English Literature. She studied Early Childhood Education while she earned an MFA in Dance from Mills College in Choreography and Performance(1992). Claudine taught at Aurora Elementary School in the fourth/fifth grade classroom and at La Escuelita in a sixth grade classroom doing a fall semester empowerment workshop. She is currently a ballet teacher and Director of Danspace and its Dance for PD® program since 2007. Claudine served as the Artistic Director of Asian American Dance Performances for twelve years. There, she had the opportunity to curate and produce Asian Pacific Islander (API) dance makers and lead its resident dance company, Unbound Spirit. Together with San Francisco Community Arts Organizations, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center was founded to support contemporary API work. As a choreographer, Claudine has received a Young Presenters award from Jacob’s Pillow, a Jack Loftis and Vibeke Strand Honorary Fellowship as a Djerassi Artist in Resident. She was also selected as an international exchange artist between the Hong Kong Fringe Club and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Claudine’s work was recently filmed as part of Dave Iverson’s documentary Capturing Grace. Her choreography set on the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Youth Company along with members of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and dNaga performed at the World Parkinson Congress in September 2016. Claudine’s untiring dedication to the community is further evidenced by her GIRL project, now in its fourth year. This is a free art and empowerment workshop for middle school girls living in the San Antonio District of Oakland.

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