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Monday Night Improv: Mim King

Photo is taken from above looking down on the upper body and face of the dancer. She is by a body of water. The body of water is reflecting the shadow of a tree. There are ripples on the surface of the water. She has brown hair and pink skin. Her face is looking up toward a silver spoon that she is dangling above her head. She is wearing a blue frilly scarf and a brown jacket. There are some budding twigs in the foreground of the photograph. She is focused.
Mim King, photo Clare Whistler

This improvisation class will explore Butoh dance through imagery, presence, awareness and the tension between opposites. Butoh (‘dance of transformation’) is an avant-garde dance philosophy/method created in Japan in the late 1950s.  

No prior experience in Butoh or improvisation is necessary and the class will be open to all abilities.  

Through guided improvisations, we will explore themes from nature, working with stillness, sense of presence, and ‘being’, rather than ‘doing’, discovering a natural rhythm, quality of breath, and awareness to all that is around, and that which we hold inside. What is to to be and to be moved?  

We will work with a quality of ‘active listening’ exploring the body’s vital visceral expression through Butoh’s diverse ways of seeing/feeling/sensing. Butoh sees dance as a living process, exploring the boundaries of what we already know, a form of, what I call the ‘Knowingness of the Unknown’. 

I wish to share a deep and tender way of working with one’s imagination & inhabiting the body, noticing connections from inside, to the space around, with a quality of connection to gravity and embodied presence. 


Because there are often last minute changes, we find it better to not a run a waiting list for Monday Night Improvisation. If you would like to come on the night, there are often a couple of places available on the door.

Cancellations & refunds  
Prices for classes are kept very low and are subsidized by ID in order to support artists to attend. To keep admin manageable for our small team, we don’t offer refunds if you cancel or can’t attend a class, and we can’t transfer your booking to a different class/event. We hope this is understandable. If a class is cancelled or changed by ID however, we do offer refunds/transfers to everyone who has booked.