As a ritual dance, Ankoku Butoh is practiced as an exploration of the spirit and the living body, a reflection on ancestry, and a connection to “the greater whole”. As a performative act, butoh makes use of the subtle body, exploration of taboos and creature-forms to engage a fierce connection between the performer and witness, active in extinguishing the sense of the pedestrian-onlooker.
Butoh is a dance of the spirit – this study exercises individual and group/contact improvisation, breath work and dance. This physical and energetic practice can be a remarkable tool for performers including but not limited to dancers, clowns, dentists, lawyers, businesspeople, and musicians.
Welcome are adult beginners, as well as seasoned practitioners.
Brandon Perdomo is a performance artist based in NYC. His approach to butoh incorporates his practices of yoga and t’ai chi, sensory studies and application to improvisation in somatic movement. He has been presented nationwide in venues including Dfbrl8r Gallery (Chicago), Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center (NY), The Jacob Javits Center (NY), and Snug Harbor Cultural Center (NY).
"I sit before flowers
hoping they will train me in the art
of opening up
I stand on mountain tops believing
that avalanches will teach me to let go
but I am here to learn.”
Graduate of Sonic Yoga (NYC/RYS)
Brandon’s history with movement began at 5 years old, dancing with strips of fabric to Klaus Nomi in his aunt’s living room. He was introduced to yoga soon after, and in his early-teens followed a friend to practice in the East Village.
He was the youngest graduate in his 200hr. teacher-training class at 19 years old, and has since been driven to incorporate his practice of mind-body integration in his daily life.
His approach incorporates his training in both t’ai chi and butoh performance and focuses attention to internal rhythm and the subtle body. He strives to share the healing arts with the global community.
He welcomes complete beginners, as well as seasoned practitioners.
Private instruction available.