Macarena Ortuzar is a dancer and teacher born in Chile who has lived in the Oxfordshire countryside for the past seven years. She has worked as a dance performer in New York, Houston, Italy, Chile and Japan. One of the most influential experiences on her work were her studies and residence in the countryside of Japan at the Body Weather Farm led by well-known dance maker Min Tanaka founder of Body Weather Technique and as a member of his dance troupe Tokason in 2002. After more than 20 years of dance and search for new languages of expression and training for the body of the performer, she has now developed her own approach, inspired primarily by the research of improvisational butoh-body which has translated into her current investigation named “Human Landscape” as an outdoor dance practice and movement exploration in relation to the environment and its constant and subtlest changes.

photograph: Kate Hopewellsmith

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