The Judith Wright Centre and Motherboard Productions are excited to host Sydney-based choreographer and dancer, Tess de Quincey in Brisbane for a three-day immersive masterclass exploring Bodyweather principles and elements of butoh training.

Thu 17 to Sat 19 October

Judith Wright Centre of Performing Arts

Level 2
420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St)
Fortitude Valley QLD

For this 3-day intensive workshop we can offer the following two rates:
EARLY BIRD – $150 (expires Fri 27 Sept)
Full Price – From Sat 28 Sept:  $250 per person

Paid reservations are essential as places are limited to 20 participants, Enquiries about the workshop can be directed to

This workshop will also focus particularly on omni-central movement – different images dance concurrently in multiple, individual parts of the body.

BodyWeather is a broadbased, comprehensive physical training which cultivates a conscious relation to the state of constant change inside and outside the body. It is an open investigation that can be relevant for anyone interested in exploring the body.

Butoh arose in the 1950s, but references origins in ancient Japan. It is a contemporary dance form emphasising images which transform and explore extremities of the body.

The workshop introduces participant to three different areas of the practice which vary between high-energy work and more quiet meditative sessions:-

  • MB (Muscles-Bones / Mind-Body) – a dynamic and rhythmic work-out which includes aerobic and anaerobic exercises to develop strength, coordination and a vibrant, physical grounding;
  • Manipulations – a series of precise forms concerned with stretching and alignment on the basis of breath and weight;
  • Ground Work – a wide variety of exercises to sharpen sensorial focus and to develop sensitivity, awareness and the scope of expression through the body.

Participants should be aware that this work is NOT THERAPY OR HEALING.

BodyWeather was founded by butoh dancer Min Tanaka and his Mai-Juku performance group in Japan. This intensive workshop will be led by Tess de Quincey who was a dancer with Mai-Juku 1985-91. Tess introduced the BodyWeather philosophy and methodology into Australia in 1989 and has developed the training further through her work in Europe, India and Australia. BodyWeather is the basis of her performance practice and underlies the work of De Quincey Co.