[Hijikata] confessed that his ultimate fear was God, and his parting words were: “In my last moments, God’s light . . .“.

Yoshito Ohno

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:30-31

No part of our physical self is left on the cutting-room floor of our prayers and praises. It is every jot and tittle of our bodies praising their maker in their own way; sight and sound, touch and taste, scent and sense, gesture and posture, hands and feet, and the rest.

David Taylor (A Body of Praise)

2024 Schedule

Jul 25 & afterKutaisi, GeorgiaPerformance & WorkshopsPerformance @ 6p; More info TBA
15 – 20 AugGorzanow, PolandIntensive & Performance1-week | Institute of Devotional Arts
9 – 21
Sirince, Turkey Intensive2-week program with Tiffany McSwaker | STOA
Butoh-fu (butoh notation) of this piece here.

Adam Koan

A warm welcome. I have dedicated the past 12 years of my life to dance.

I was first in Ballet and Modern dance (2010 – 2013) and from there studied Butoh in India and several corners of the world, self-researching but also learning from 43 butoh guides, with some longer than others.

I’ve come a long way in my Butoh journey but have always looked at taking things to an even deeper place.

Where my journey recently took me was back to my family roots in Jesus Christ. See testimony here.

This website is a resource for dance ministers, theatre, contemporary dance, and experimental body researchers to take inspiration from. The resource undergoes continuous updates and contains over 90 exercises.

I am very happy to share this new type of butoh grounded in the presence of God, a movement theatre form sure to leave a lasting impression on the soul.


I have for all of my butoh career been under the name Shadowbody. In Theokinesis, we will still very much work with shadows—in order to deliver them into The Light.