Min Jung Yoon translates to “Citizen Truth”.
They are a butoh dancer, interdisciplinary artist, and researcher of conflict resolution using the body. Their expressive works create worlds for heightened relational emotionality, permission for depth, and transformation of conflicts in relationship and society, toward new images and gestures of truth we need for our times. They are dedicated to exploring ways to uncover the deeper, more intuitive nature in how we relate to our beings within extremes of social constructs and divides, with elements of butoh dance, ritual and immersive theater, and psycho-somatic explorations.
They are currently an ArtCorps scholar at Anna and Daria Halprin’s Tamalpa Institute and a MA candidate in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies with the Process Work Institute. They have studied and performed with master butoh teachers Atsushi Takenouchi of Jinen Butoh School in Italy, Anastazia Louise of Bad Unkl Sista, and Mizu Desierto of Water in the Desert. Min’s works have been funded by Kultuuri Kaupilla in Finland, The City of Oakland, and The Battery Club of San Francisco. They have also studied the art of form and experimented with creating meaning in a secular age, through analyzing film, digital media, architecture, political and existential philosophy, with a B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley.
Through ritual performance art and butoh dance, I am researching the dance, movement, image, translation, the revolution we need for our times through deep remembrance of what feels more human, in our instincts and dreams. I play with form to blur the spaces between performance / ritual and art / daily life, toward the feelings of collective embodiment and connection to all. Art is my practice of poesis- deep attention, imagination, and holding space for beauty and the sublime to emerge. My need to dance and create perhaps stems from previous stories of deep suffering and relatedly, the overwhelming propensity to know and feel the pain of the world. With more heartbreaking, then thankfully, heart opening experiences, my angry fix-it punk mode has exhausted to reach toward something more aspirational, toward love, compassion, grace, ___. Years later, at the time my Philosophy professor, Hubert Dreyfus, who taught about creating meaning in a secular age, passed, I saw Atsushi Takenouchi’s butoh ritual performance and felt a gripping resonance, watching his heart beat during the performance. I was struck by what the body can transmit, beyond language and concepts. Without formal dance experience, I flew to Italy for Jinen Butoh School. In reflection, I relate my deep resonance to butoh dance to its origins in and charge from conflict, as it was created by artists in Japan as a revolutionary dance in the WWII era to heal and transform death into life.
Dancing and creating are my ways of loving and embracing all of the world at once, giving my body to the wind, the memories, space, fantasies, nature, the scenes we may create together.
Past themes and pursuits of my work have included: study of violence; history of comfort women; breaking the patriarchal feminine; identities beyond socio-political and emotional divides, mental illness, transforming death into life; ocean; feeling of home; authentic expression; sense of agency and transgression; aesthetics of friendship; radical interconnectedness; empathy; everyday rituals; community discourse; the gift of depression