MARES is a bi-annual Butoh dance festival organized in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. We emerged from the necessity to share Butoh practice thru instruction and creative experiments. This enriches the formative process thru a little explored technique and adds to the arsenal of local creators, students, and investigators at the same time.

Our name, MARES unites two concepts, in one hand MA, a Japanese word that means, pause, silence related with the binomial time and space, a space that opens and allows us to create new relationships and meanings, the second concepts is SER (BEING) understanding this on its ontological perspective involving the relationship we develop with the Others. This question about “being” goes beyond an anthropomorphous kind of view. What does it mean being? How we can have access to those universes that are part of our body and our life existence. How to be in between, in the edge, in the border, the space in between that makes possible all the things. Like a wave touching the shore.

Why encounters and not encounter? We believe that this space wouldn't be created with a community a net that little by little we create as we move in life. There is so many of us navigating in the seas of the unknown and at the same time, there are so many connections that allow finding each other again and again. This sea (mar) touches all the bodies.

MARES 2019 will have the participation of JINEN BUTOH directed by Atsushi Takenouchi and Hiroko Komiya (Japan) they will share two workshops and performances, besides that we will have talks and conferences seeking for dialog and conversations with national invited on the field of investigation and critical thinking which is related with butoh as well, like the investigator and performer Aura Arreola (Mexico City), the investigator and dance critic Gustavo Emilio Rosales (Mexico City) and the teacher and researcher Angélica Íñiguez (Guadalajara).




1. Share Butoh practice as an artistic proposal and teach thru intensive workshops, conferences, and performance.
2. Bring together artists and academics to reflect and critique important themes in butoh and create a formal discussion around it.
3. Create a space to think deeply and start a dialogue around Butoh dance.
4. To create new connections between our artistic community and the general public who are interested in movement, the body, and different approaches.

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“Las cuatro estaciones de la vida” // “Four seasons of life”

Nature side butoh workshop

By JINEN Butoh Atsushi Takenouchi // Live music by Hiroko Komiya

DATE: 24th to 27th of October
LOCATION: Cabañas los Pastores, Tapalpa, Jalisco, MEXICO


“Spring” – Growth. Blooming. A gift from the previous season. A precious turning point of life. Nourished during winter, the soil gives new life to flowers. Death transforms itself into Life.

“Summer” – Summer Sun has two faces. One face is strong energy which makes plants grow as much as they can.

“Autumn” – Even they begin to wither, even they lose power, flower's beauty is lurking quietly. What is this “beauty”? For the next generation to take over the seed, it is the beauty of bliss, the beauty of sacrifice.

“Winter” – This season symbolizes death. The flower which dies returns to the soil with nourishment. Where does the spirit of flowers go? Can this spirit also be a gift for the Spring?

Becoming flowers, and dancing this four seasons of their life. Also insect, animal, and spirit. And naturally discovering “4 seasons of human life ”. This is the dance of our life. Each of us can find a lot of precious dances in his life. Getting deeper into this four seasons theme reaches to the mystery of life. We are facing my butoh's most important themes “bliss, purification, love, requiem, sacrifice, life & death”.

Dancing deeply with embracing life & death. Then, the dance which comes from inner body starts telling “death is part of life circulation”. Forget everything and dance with embracing all the beautiful Four Seasons.


Pay in advance,
Option A) Before August 26th, all included $300 USD. < includes accommodation in share room, vegetarian meals (3 per day) and participation in the workshop >
Option B) From August 27th to September 23rd, all included $350 USD.< includes accommodation in share room, vegetarian meals (3 per day) and participation in the workshop >
Option C) From September 24th, all included $400 USD.< includes accommodation in share room, vegetarian meals (3 per day) and participation in the workshop >
** The fee does not include local transportation Guadalajara - Tapalpa


1. Fill out the intake form with this LINK
2. Make a payment or bank transfer
3. Send a copy of the receipt to
4. You will receive a confirmation e-mail


- Only 30 spots are available.
- Once confirmed, the inscription is non-refundable, and non- transferable.
- Your reservation will be canceled if payment is not received after five days of request.

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Intensive butoh workshop

By JINEN Butoh Atsushi Takenouchi // Live music by Hiroko Komiya

DATE: October 29th to November 1st
HOUR: 11:00 to 19:00 h
LOCATION: Foro de Arte y Cultura. Guadalajara, Jalisco


You have a thousand hands
Thousand of hands that can extend to the universes
Deeply you embrace everything
Then you transform in all that
Embrace the existence of life and death.

Atsushi Takenouchi

Atsushi will guide us during this intensive workshop in a practice that combines the basic butoh training and exercise of exploration and improvisation where wi will focus on the “transitions”, the space in between on state and another, cyclic exercises of the transformation of the material on its way thru life and death.

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DATE: November 1st

At the end of the workshop will have final improvisational performance with all the participants in a public space in the center of the city.


Pay in advance,
Option A) Before August 26th $150 USD
Option B) From August 27th to September 23rd $175 USD
Option C) From September 24th $200 USD


1. Fill out the intake form with this LINK
2. Make a payment or bank transfer
3. Send a copy of the receipt to
4. You will receive a confirmation e-mail


- Only 20 spots are available.
- Once confirmed, the inscription is non-refundable, and non- transferable.
- Your reservation will be canceled if payment is not received after five days of requesting.


“EMBRACE Life and Death”

By Atsushi Takenouchi JINEN Butoh // Live music by Hiroko Komiya

DATE: October 19th
HOUR: 20:00 h
PLACE: Teatro Alarife Martin Casillas
TICKETS: $50 pesos


You embrace yourself deeply, like an embryo,
No thinking, no thoughts with deep breathing, just an embrace.
Then, another life starts, a flower opens
A life opening to the Universe, a flower self
Embracing the Universe
You are embracing everything,
that is,

In Asian countries, there is a goddess, Senju Kannon,
a Goddess who has a thousand hands,
hands of deep compassion.
In Asian countries this female deity who has a thousand hands
is believed by people to exist, to live in every human, in every kind of
life, embracing all kinds of life with deep compassion
and helping to uplift each spirit.
This Goddess Kannon will embrace your sadness,
your anger, your happiness with deep compassion.
This Goddess Kannon is a memory of an older human being living
deep inside us, our deep human memory
has this earth Goddess memory
This earth Goddess is the equivalent of other female deities with deep compassion, like Maria,
like Pachamama.
They are female deities but they are also the earth itself
Kannon is one and the same as the earth itself

At this time, across the world;
earthquakes and wars are happening,
there are many refugees, atomic disasters
and the pollution of the earth, many mothers
are losing their children, many people are killed
by burning mountain fires, by tsunamis which drown people,
green grass, trees, and flowers,
Through atomic radiation birds can no longer fly,
animals can no longer walk.
Even mother sea is now polluted.
From ancient times Kannon, mother earth Goddess,
embraces all kinds of life
Embraces beyond life and death.
Mother earth embracing everything
Kannon is trying to help every kind of spirit on earth
with deep compassion,
Trying to help uplift their spirits.

Atsushi Takenouchi

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Sound and Body

By Hiroko Komiya

DATE: October 22th
HOUR: 18:00 to 21:00 h
PLACE: Creaturas anónimas // Morelos 2088
TICKETS: $100 pesos MN. // register at:


concert + improvisation + talk

Hiroko will share with us a concert. You can use your body and movement to interact with sound and also collaborate with sound to create a collective improvisation. At the end Hiroko will talk about her sound process that accompany the body on stage. What objects, concepts and ideas conform her sounds, how do they relate to the body, the performer, dance and movement.

Note: you are welcome to bring small objects that can produce sound like stones, crystals, wooden pieces, metal, paper, etc.


Atsushi Takenouchi

(Butoh dancer, choreographer)

Joined the butoh dance company “Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company was "Takazashiki" (1984), which was worked on by butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi started his own theme “Jinen Butoh” in 1986, and created solo works “Itteki” and “Ginkan,” as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times, environments. He made a three-year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 site-specific improvisations (1996–1999). Since this time, he has been inspired by the spirit of the universe of Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration projects with dancers and actors in Italy, France, Poland, Spain, the U.S.A., South America, and other countries. Joining in festivals such as Paris Butoh Festival, NY Butoh Festival, Avignon off Festival, etc, he has been presenting his solo pieces. At the same time, he also collaborates with filmmakers. The recent work in Alaska and Hawaii, an environmental art film “Ridden by Nature” (by KiahKeya /2014) has received more than 20 film awards. (New York Int’l film festival 2016/ Martinique Int’l Film Festival 2015/ World Music & Independent Film Festival WMIFF 2016/ Polish Int’l Film Festival 2016/ Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival 2016/ and more ) official site & trailer>>> After holding the 6month Butoh course from October 2014, he has started a long term JINEN Butoh school in Pontedera in Italy since October 2015.

Hiroko Komiya

Expresses the image which comes from the air, space, movements, own inner body, own deep memory and transforms it into the sound without bound melody or rhythm. She plays objects sounds and uses voice. For the sounds, she plays natural material; such as water, stone, bamboo, seashells, and percussion; metal bowls, bells, and object. Her musical concept is to remind us that there is hidden beautiful sound and wonderful music inside the nature material or objects themselves and bring out these sounds from them. Her musical approach is filled with a deep respect for the natural elements and various objects, and it enables her to play her own original music. Her sounds are said as if it’s blowing a new life into the objects around us, and her expression evokes new sensation to the breath or movement of listeners. As for the voice, her voice arises from the inner body, and at the same time brings back our lost memories.

She has started working in Butoh dance Unit Globe JINEN Atsushi Takenouchi as a musician since 1999, by joining his six months JINEN Butoh Europe tour. Since then, all his works and live performances are played and created by her live music. Being based in Europe since 2002, she has been playing performance and making concerts in France, Italy, Poland, Greece, Holland, etc. and also touring to U.S.A, Canada, Chile, India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Japan, etc. mostly with JINEN Butoh project. As well as performance, she makes live music also for Butoh dance workshop for dancers, actors, the disabled, and children in Japan, Europe, and other countries.

Apart from Butoh project, she also collaborates with film artists, sculptor, painter, poet, costume designer, various artists and performers for exhibition, installation, concert, performance.



DATE: October 20th
PLACE: Exconvento del Carmen. Guadalajara, Jalisco
Entrance free

Gustavo Emilio Rosales     semblance

“La prodigiosa No-Existencia de ese deseo encarnado que solemos llamar danza” la cual tiene como propósito involucrar al auditorio, de forma grata e inmediata, con un grupo de visiones importantes acerca de la danza como conocimiento y como estado del cuerpo.

Aura Arreola  

“Cuerpos expandidos” Durante un año he colaborado con un neurocientífico en torno a la cognición encarnada y enactiva en las danzas butoh, a la interocepción del bailarín, vínculos entre movimiento y vida, proceso mentales en relación al aparato sensorimotor.

Angélica Íñiguez  

Presentación del libro En busca de la libertad. Danza experimental en Guadalajara. CECA, 2019.

Este libro es una caracterización de la danza experimental de Guadalajara y sus principales exponentes, que no se dejaron encajonar como género, estilo, movimiento o “nada de lo anterior”. De allí que este libro sea un cuestionario abierto a esa danza que “explora y traspasa disciplinas” y que, si bien nítidamente reconocible, nunca será igual a sí misma.


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