Özerk Sonat Pamir

Özerk Sonat Pamir is an improvisational performer who started his artistic career studying contemporary theatre with the founders of TAL (Theatre Research Laboratory) in Istanbul at 2002. He has been teaching movement research and improvisation since 2009 based on his breathbody method. His idea of performance has always been related to social issues: one of his early performances was a political happening that was criticizing solitary confinement in prisons. He also performed to support and raise awareness for various nature conservation movements in Turkey. He has been sharing his work internationally during the last years.

Ecosystems of Emotions

In a healthy ecosystem many different kinds of species co-exist together, supporting the well being of the ecosystem through their various ways of existence. There are no harmful species, although many times people tend to project their own destructive and un-balancing attitudes to certain species, everything contributes to the sustainability of the whole. Everything has a function in the great scheme of things.

Our beings are also ecosystems; ecosystems of emotions, memory, dreams, thoughts, sensations, behavior and actions. Sometimes we tend to suppress certain aspects of our selves.  We try to get rid of some of our emotions thinking them as disturbing or unwanted; we try to forget some memories that cause stress and discomfort etc.In my workshops we re-communicate with the underlying “function” of our emotions.Why do they exist in the first place, how do they support this ecosystem which is my being?What are their functions? What are the mechanisms that underlie our emotions? 
We do this research not through mental exercises but through exploring movement and creative process.

Functional Aesthetics / Aesthetics of Necessity

In my understanding of arts, beauty is determined by functionality. In the “Breath Body Method” that I have been developing for the last 11 years the objective is re-communicating with the parts of body and mind which are out of the dancer’s awareness.So when we are researching movement, we are moving in such a way that it helps tore-establish this lost communication within our own bodies. It is not movement for moving sake, rather it is a functional process that encourages us to listen to our necessity and discover our unique functional movements that will become our own dance.As a result of this approach beauty rises not as a result of predetermined forms or values but from the aesthetics of necessity as a functional process.

Breath Body Method

This my main method to guide participants through research and creative process.There is a strong emphasis on breath awareness, not through manipulating or disciplining it but through being aware of the breathing process as it is; as the body needs to breath in any given time.This awareness also enable us to connect to our emotions, sensations, feelings, the current state of our bodies and our minds. We became aware of the parts that are vital & energized and also the parts that are weak & lacking energy. Some parts need more attention, care and precise awareness while other parts can be strong and ready to manifest their content.

Some parts may be completely out of of our awareness (the dark points), we may have difficulty at even feeling these areas.

We “map” our bodies and minds constantly through the workshop in this way.We remain aware of the changes and also the aspects that resist change in our bodies and minds.

So how can we use our bodies, movement and voice to re-communicate with these dark points?

“Breath Body Method” supports the participants in this research process. (please check the diagram below)

Butoh Lantern is a performance and teaching project created by Adam Koan of Shadowbody, Julie Becton Gillum of Asheville Butoh Collective, and Özerk Sonat Pamir.

The idea rose out of a friendship carved by continuity, creativity and support in the face of shock and driving through unknown forces over which we had little power or control.

By continuing to collaborate, teach and perform throughout this debacle, the three of us became a tight-knit group. Our vigilant effort to stop crime, the grief we shared and the support we gave to each other created a power between us.

We work to implement the following within the Butoh world:

(1) A universal ethics & the breaking of silence, with a zero tolerance for abuse, especially to women and children.

(2) A culture of coexistence through dance, which increases the demographic & reaches out to those that are marginalized due to finances, age, gender & ability.

(3) A research into the aesthetics of sustainability & necessity.

(4) A re-communication between natural-urban & emotional ecosystems.