Beginner’s Butoh – ZenZenZo Physical Theatre

  • About this Workshop

    Zen Zen Zo Physical theatre workshop teaches ensemble training, stage presence and a method to create striking moments of theatre. It is multi-levelled so beginners can work alongside those who have done the training before. It's deep ensemble building work that can increase self-esteem, confidence on stage and trust in your own artistic impulses. While this workshop is challenging, you will be challenged in a very safe and fun way.
    This workshop will be conducted online on Zoom.

  • Who is the workshop for?

    This workshop is for anyone who wants to have stage presence and create interesting theatre. Actors, dancers, public speakers, circus artists, teachers.
    Minimum age is 16 years old.

Workshop Fees:


    • Date

Dates and Time:
Beginner’s Butoh : 11th July, Saturday, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Viewpoints Taster: 12th July, Sunday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm
The Suzuki Method of Actor Training : 12th July, Sunday, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Introduction to Zen Zen Zo’s Physical Theatre Training Methods:

Beginner’s Butoh 
Introduction to the world of Butoh, a brief history of the origins of the form and practical exercises that will help students to create character and movement sequences.
The Viewpoints Taster
Introduction to using the language of the viewpoints to create theatrical poetry through the restrictions of social distancing.
The Suzuki Method of Actor Training
Introduction to The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, how to be dynamic and watchable on stage through your energy, breath and commitment. 


  • Warm up- Introduction
  • The Suzuki Method of Actor Training
  • Butoh
  • the body being moved/ omni-central imaging
  • The Viewpoints
  • Kinaesthetic Response
  • Spatial Relationship
  • Temp
  • Architecture


  • Energy
  • Discipline & Focus
  • Imagination driven movement
  • Shared Language
  • Ensemble awareness


  • Students will have practical ways to improve stage presence.
  • Students will be able to create interesting movement through imaginative application and body isolation.
  • Students will have a shared language to create theatre with and to use in open movement improvisation.

30% Bundle Discount
Purchase any two workshops with the code “bundledeal

25% for all workshops with HCAC Student Card (No Expiry) Apply here.

Payment Plans Available
We allow installments in 2 payments. The option to pay in installments will be available on the workshop page.

“Out of Stock” means the workshop is full. Email us at with your Name, Email & Contact Number to request to be on the waiting list.

Do I need to be really fit/ flexible or have done this work before? 

No! We welcome beginners and while you will be physically challenged, you will always be working at your own level, beginners can train alongside those who have done the work before and still be both challenged and supported.

I am not an actor, will this work benefit me? 

We have worked with people from a mixed background, even sportsmen, gymnasts, musicians and lawyers who want to have great presence in their work. If you want to be grounded and flex your creative muscles in any kind of performing arts or public presentation settings, then this training is for you.

Can this training help me create my own theatre performances? 

We will cover a method called composition which is a great way of making work from scratch. You will build off your physical training to sketch visually stunning moments that you can develop further if you wish.

Will there be a final performance? (Not applicable for 3-hour workshop)

We will have a showing at the end of the course for people to come and watch the way you have been working! This is optional.

About the Instructor

Alys Hill

Alys has a Bachelor of Education specialising in Perf Arts. She is a registered dance and specialist Performing Arts Teacher. Alys has trained in Brisbane with Zen Zen Zo since 2008, and is now Associate director for Zen Zen Zo Brisbane Company and Director of the New Zealand arm of the company, having trained extensively alongside the founding directors, Simon Woods & Lynne Bradley. A regular teacher at the annual Stomping Ground in Brisbane she assists and leads the quality training, also expanding her development of Lecoq pedagogy with frequent annual training with Steph Kehoe. Alys has workshopped with Frantic Assembly and taught as a guest artists in a number of companies around the world, including The Court Youth Company in Christchurch. She has performed and studied with founding Butoh company Dairakudakan, in Hakuba Japan and Brisbane Australia.

Alys as director of Zen Zen Zo NZ, currently runs the weekly Actor’s Dojo adult and youth classes at The Piano centre for contemporary performing arts. Alys has travelled around New Zealand, Singapore, Australia & Europe to run Zen Zen Zo workshops and residencies for high schools and professional theatre companies. She runs teacher training programs in New Zealand, has been a specialist tutor at LAF (Lyttleton Arts Factory), directs performances in Christchurch and has trained as both a Les Mills BodyJam Instructor, worked for eight years as a tutor with Jolt Integrated Dance company and been the Head of Drama at New Zealand high schools throughout her teaching career.