adam koan

Hey friends,

Let me introduce myself. I’m a half Colombian half Venezuelan-American born in Caracas, Venezuela but raised in the small town of Belleview, Florida. I have toured the world performing, teaching, and writing about butoh. I am a former facilitator at Himalaya Subbody Butoh and was the curator for the 2-week Serbia Butoh Retreat 2019, which will return one day if cross-border travel ever gets easier.

But who I really am is somebody who is grateful to be alive, and I express this gratitude by dancing and encouraging others to dance too. I am drawn to increasing the accessibility of butoh to the marginalized or less privileged in our society and world. Very important to me also is bringing the butoh community closer as well as collaborating with other artists of different body practices. Let’s choose integration over segregation. Let’s choose collaboration over competition.

I was classically trained in Ballet and Modern Dance at Hillsborough Community College (2010 – 2012) and University of South Florida (2012 – 2013) and studied Butoh at the Indian Himalayas at the Subbody Butoh School (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer & Fall 2017, Summer & Fall 2018, Spring 2019).

I have since early this year been associated with Tiyatro Medresesi in Sirince, Turkey, a theatre retreat facility that is becoming an international butoh hub. Each winter, I have teaching residency there.

I have also recently become a founding member of new collaborative dance project that began in the country of Georgia last July. This project is now known as Nomadic Dance Collective and is composed of various movement guides spanning from butoh, contact improvisation, contemporary dance, somatics, and theatre.

Currently I am residing in San Cristobal, Mexico working with Rita Soma on a butoh project known as Sombras Lucidas.

Julie Becton Gillum (NC, USA) is my butoh and Noguchi taiso mentor and one of my touring partners.

“I live to dance, and I dance to live.”

Julie Becton Gillum

I wholeheartedly follow her quote above. I also not only dance the light, but the shadows. In this way, much depth is brought to my world but hopefully also to those around me.

See the below links for the history I have with this fascinating world of butoh.