Self-Discovery Through Butoh
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Butoh is a Japanese form of dance that uses a variety of methods to explore and express unconscious states of being.  Jane Tellini was instantly attracted to Butoh six years ago while attending her first Butoh workshop, led by dancer and teacher, Diego Piñon. Juxtaposed to her lifelong classical dance training, Jane found that studying Butoh expanded the possibility to access bodily wisdom and intelligence.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: Dance-50**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Provide the video to students who are engaging in an independent project related to dance.
  • Use the video as inspiration for students to create a video story featuring a dancer they know.
  • Use the video as inspiration for students to learn more about Butoh and choreograph a dance using its concepts.


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.