The presence of Spirals a Dance and Physical Theater workshop with Shinichi Iova-Koga of inkBoat

The Dance Palace Community Center • February 15, 2023

Saturday, March 18th


Dance Palace Church Space

Following the inherent spiral pathways within the body, this workshop develops the efficiency and connective strength of our tissues. With observation, the beauty of our construction emerges. Exercises will focus on winding and unwinding the tissues with particular attention given to the spine and the various connections running through the torso to the arms and legs. Movement drills will establish non-linear somatic patterning, expanding the perception of the joints beyond mere hinges. Later, we’ll investigate these patterns in relation to dance and everyday movements. We aim to produce elastic, tensile strength in our expression, whether quotidian or flamboyant.

About Shinichi: Shinichi serves as the Artistic Director of the physical theater and dance company inkBoat, founded by Shinichi in 1998. He has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site-specific locations. Since 2015, Shinichi’s career as an international performer has merged with his Daoist Internal Arts study. Qi Gong, Dao Yin, Yang Sheng Gong and Nei Gong are part of his daily practice. He is credentialed to teach through Lotus Nei Gong International and is a San Feng Pai lineage holder with Wudang West. Additionally, he has developed his approach to relationships between bodies through Aikido. Ruth Zaporah is his continuing mentor. Her method of improvisational skill building is called Action Theater. Significant past mentors are Ralph Lemon, who opened up ideas about “anti-dance” and Anna Halprin, who encouraged community building through the art-making process. Shinichi teaches annually at ImpulsTanz in Vienna and Dance on Land in various locations. He has served as a full time core faculty member of the MFA Dance program at Mills College in Oakland, California, from 2009 to 2017. He has taught Composition in the Arts for MFA students at UC Davis in 2014 and 2022. He currently runs independent workshops and online courses. He is the editor of the book “95 Rituals,” a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to “The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.” He is featured in the book “Butoh America.”


Please note:

  • Advance ticketing is required; no sales at the door.
  • Capacity is limited.
  • Sales will end on March 18 at 8:00am.
  • Masks recommended.

For more information about this event, please contact Claire Burns, Performing Arts Coordinator. at claire@dancepalace.org.

(Photos by David Joshua Jennings)