Adam Koan


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. 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 also drawn to increasing the accessibility of butoh to the marginalized or less privileged in our society and world. Very important to me is bringing the butoh community closer as well as collaborating with other artists of different genres. I choose integration over segregation. I 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.

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