Adam Koan

Adam Koan

Adam Koan is a half Colombian half Venezuelan-American and international butoh performer, educator, writer, and scholar. Former facilitator at Himalaya Subbody Butoh and the organizer for the 2-week Sesalac Butoh Retreat 2019 in Serbia.

Adam was raised in the small town of Belleview, Florida. He is heavily determined in spreading the obscure and oftentimes grotesque art that penetrates deep into the psyche-body connection. He also puts effort into increasing accessibility of butoh to the marginalized or less privileged, e.g. the LGBTQA, PoC, and mentally and physically unique. He is a classically trained dancer from Hillsborough Community College (2010 – 2012) and University of South Florida (2012 – 2013) and studied butoh at the Indian Himalayas at the Subbody School of Butoh (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer & Fall 2017, Summer & Fall 2018; Spring 2019) from Rhizome Lee. Was also a regular student at Sara Zalak‘s Butoh Body on Sundays in Chicago (2015 – 2016).

Currently Adam is in India.

Julie Becton Gillum (NC, USA) is his butoh mentor.

See the following links below for Adam’s butoh history.


History of butoh education

History of performance

History of shadowbody workshops/courses given