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Butoh Encounters is all about pushing boundaries through collaboration. We team up with local and international technology businesses, scientific research centres, and public institutions to create cutting-edge projects that seamlessly fuse dance with technology and science. These partnerships open up exciting opportunities for disseminating scientific research to the public, communicating product development, testing new products in unconstrained contexts, allowing out-of-the-box thinking, and developing new skills for both dancers and researchers.

If you want to join us on this exciting journey of discovery, or if you are simply curious about how we work or how dance can be a tool relevant to your profession - get in touch! We are always ready to explore new ideas, unconventional thinking, and find unexpected solutions!

Our collaborators:


KUKA is a German manufacturer of industrial robots and systems for factory automation. 

Butoh Encounters and KUKA worked together on a dance performance “Limit(less)” and a short art film of the same title. KUKA provided iiwa, a 7-axis robot arm designed for safe human-robot collaboration in the workspace, as well as KMR, an autonomous mobile platform that iiwa can be mounted on. 

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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is located in the Vemork power station. It was established in 1988 to allow the preservation of industrial society created by Norsk Hydro when they established themselves in Rjukan in 1907.


NIA hosted Butoh Encounters' dance performance "Limit(less)" and was a shooting location for the film of the same title. NIA provided the infrastructure necessary for the project. 

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology has the main national responsibility for education and research in engineering and technology.

Butoh Encounters collaborated with the Department of Engineering Cybernetics at NTNU who provided the space, equipment and their expertise during the research project for the “Limit(less)” performance. 

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CanCell is a research centre at the University of Oslo that aims at uncovering the “Achilles’ heels” of cancer cells and target these for reprogramming cancer cells into harmless cells. 


Scientists from CanCell worked with Butoh Encounters on the dance performance "Rebellion of the Cell" contributing with their expertise and research materials, and on the project "Micro-choreographies", providing access to their laboratories, work time and equipment. 

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Kuben Vocational Arena is a centre for Vocational Education and Training placed at Økern in Oslo, Norway. 


Kuben provided their spaces for Butoh Encounter’s team when developing choreography for “Limit(less)”. Work-in-progress was shown to students and teachers at the school. 

Motek is a Norwegian company that supplies tools, fasteners and services to the construction, building and industrial sectors. They also provide advice and guidance directly on construction sites, and assists from start to finish in projects with time-saving and smart solutions. 


Motek supplied Butoh Encounters with 3 exoskeletons (Hilti exoskeletons) for testing in dance choreography, in the research project “Deus ex machina”. 

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