Ridden by Nature

Kiah Keya

A Nature Spirit Dance Film

“Ridden by Nature” is a film about humanities encounter with the Natural world in her most extreme, critical state. It is a culmination a ten-year collaborative relationship between filmmaker and creator, Kathi Von Koerber and butoh master Atsushi Takenouchi. Kathi Von Koerber began producing the film in 2004, joining forces with popular wildlife documentarian James Ewan (creator of EarthMedia), to document live butoh dance, performed on some of the harshest and most remote areas in the United States, including Colombia Glacier in Alaska, Red Rocks in Moab, Utah; and lava geysers in MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Hawaii.

These landscapes serve as stunning stages for Kathi von Koerber and Atsushi Takenouchi to communicate their message: Jinen Butoh, a form created by Atsushi Takenouchi, states that it is the universe, or elements, that move the dancer. Empty and open, the dancers surrender to the forces and allow nature to rid them of self or ego. In this sense, Kathi von Koerber and Atsushi Takenouchi perform duets with the icebergs, lava geysers, water, and desert stones as an ode to mending our broken relationship between humanity and mother earth.