is a half Colombian, half Venezuelan-American who was raised in a
small town known as Belleview, Florida (USA). He has toured western
and eastern Europe, Turkey, India, and USA guiding, performing, and
writing about butoh. His formal dance journey began in 2010 with Ballet
and Modern Dance college and university which then shifted to a focus on
butoh beginning Fall of 2013 at the Subbody Butoh facility in Dharamsala,
Since then, Adam continued exploring via various notable butoh guides
such as Yumiko Yoshioka, Julie Becton Gillum, Ken Mai, Tadashi Endo,
and others. In August of 2019, he curated his first butoh retreat (Sesalac
Butoh Retreat) which brought 8 butoh guides and 59 other participants
from many countries.
Currently, Adam is part of the Butoh Lantern trio which has permanent
winter teaching residency at Tiyatro Medresesi in Selcuk, Turkey.
What is butoh?
Butoh is a heavily personal body art form/dance/theatre and subculture
hidden like a pearl in the mud, and those who ally with the movement may
find themselves reaping many benefits.
By nature there will be no clear definition of butoh because its liminality is
part of what makes it exist.
We can, however, identify some reoccurring themes from the various other
butoh practitioners. Let us take butoh scholar Liao P as an example. She
has identified via the medium of the body: (1) the search for identity; (2)
social criticism; (3) seeking the Truth of life; (4) ceremony or festival; (5)
body-mind coherence as a means of psychosomatic therapy. (Liao 47)
Frances Barbe has noted that butoh often works within the realm of the
absurd, grotesque or double image, especially redefining the dichotomies
such as beauty/ugliness, young/old, and light/darkness. Barbe also adds
that extremity is a main feature, whether in movement, emotional
expressionism, animal states, strange hybrid characters or material
qualities that reform the body. (Barbe)
To Adam, butoh is a means to re-adopt the body and to break out of
various limiting habits modern society has thrusted upon our bodies and
spirits. The body is an enigma and an entire universe full of wonder, and
both surface and shadow are made to eventually dance together in
Adam’s butoh guiding draws upon a multitude of exercises and
perspectives that emphasize the body-mind connection, improvisation,
imagination, shamanic motifs, shadow work, play, and unlearning. We
will expand the idea of what we perceive to be dance, theatre, ritual, and
It may be a rich resource for dancers, actors, performance artists, body
workers, athletes, psychologists, and more.
Clear instruction is emphasized. The guiding cultivates individual deep
creation within and is crafted in such a way that both beginners and
experienced practitioners can gain material to construct their personal
butoh body. No experience of any prior discipline needed.
The classes are expected to influence several aspects of one’s life beyond
butoh. Participants will also have the ability to dive further or refresh
themselves with any material via the virtual Shadowbody Butoh Manual
available for free at http://manual.shadowbody.com
The manual is the result of 4 years of compiled research and exploration.