Florencia and Butoh
Through Butoh Florencia seeks to develop a personal language of gestures beyond the reach of words. She is strongly influenced by Asian Theatre and ritual practices.
Her interest in existentialism led her to discover this dance theatre form. Inspired by Butoh’s conception of dance as something in-between life and death she becomes fascinated by the beautiful and the ugly as a single unified body. In the dichotomy pleasure-displeasure she finds a trigger for her project. She has been exploring movement in relation to semiotics. Movements associated to cultural habits and pure movements stripped from meaning.
In 2007 Florencia is awarded a Scottish Arts Council Grant which enables her to travel to Japan in 2008 to study Butoh at Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio among other schools.
At her return from Japan she presents her performances in London and Europe. Her international appearances include "Danse Elargie" Dance Festival at Théâtre de la Ville and Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris (2012), Asian Film Festival at Haus der Kulturen in Berlin (2013) and a performance under the direction of SU-EN Butoh Company in Uppsala, Sweden (2017).
She founds Asian Performing Arts UK in London in 2013 with the support of Sasakawa Foundation, the Japan Society and Japan 400th. Her Butoh Research Project has been held at SOAS University, RADA and LABAN with guest artists such as Sankai Juku Company and Tadashi Endo.
Florencia has taught Butoh workshops for London South Bank University and Goldsmiths. She is a visiting artist and choreographer at East 15 Acting School. Currently, she lives and works in London.