Posts By Yuko Matsuyama


Current Information | Online & Studio Drop-In course (in English)

HYBRID (Studio & Online) 

YogaDelta | Monday 20:15 (60min.)
Level I-II – basic flexibility and strength exercises 
YogaDelta | Friday 8:30 (60min.)
Level II – strength and hip-opening exercises


Tanzfabrik | Monday 9:30 (90min.)

Level II – Pilates with Theraband and/or Small-ball

Marameo berlin | Saturday 10:45 (75min.)

Level III – conditioning with strength&flexibility exercises for dance/yoga/pilates fans.

Update – April / Easter Holiday

🌸 April / Easter Holiday 🌸

Sat.2.April 10:30 Marameo (online) – yuko

Mo. 4.April 9:30 Tanzfabrik (studio) – Rossella Canciello 🌸

Mo.4.April 20:15 YogaDelta (studio+online) – yuko

Fr.8.April 8:30 YogaDelta (Re-Livestream) – video

Sat. 9.April 10:30 Marameo (online) – yuko

Mo.11.April 9:30 Tanzfabrik (studio)- yuko

Mo.11.April 20:15 YogaDelta (studio+online) – yuko

Fr. 15.April 8:30 YogaDelta – No class

Mo.18.April 9:30 Tanzfabrik – No class

Mo.18.April 20:15 YogaDelta – No class

2022 -update on 6.Feb.

On Monday 3.January our Pilates class started at Tanzfabrik berlin.
It was really nice sun shining into the studio3.
Thank you for your visit in 2021.
Let’s breath together deeply and keep our smile and health in 2022!


Tanzfabrik Studio 3
Level-II (Intermediate) – Training with small-ball and Theraband

Monday 9:30 (90min.)

Price | Single class 12€ / 5x-Card 55€ / 10x-Card 110€
Registaration with Fitogram or Urban Sports Club (M,L,XL)


YogaDelta Berlin | Studio + Online Vimeo
⭐︎ we also offer ‚video on-demand‘

Training with Small-ball (online at home : please prepare a big bath towel )
Level I-II  → Monday 20:15 (60min.)
Level II-III → Friday 8:30 (60min. )

Registration via Eversports or Urban Sports Club (L,XL) 

Online – Single class 11,99€ / 10x Card 109€ 
Studio – Single class 17€ / 10x-Card 139€ 


marameo Berlin | Online ZOOM

Pilates for Dancers | Level – III (upper-Intermediate)
Conditioning with flexibility and strength exercises.
Dance students and non-dancers with movement experience also welcome!

Saturday 10:30 (75min.)
Price | 10€
Registration via Eversports
⭐︎This class doesn’t accept UrbanSportsClub membership.


Reminiscence – solo for the void spaces 01

Research | Dance and tonality of the void spaces.

I thank you for :
Mentoring for research | Boris von Poser
Music | Koa Lament by Ukulelezaza.
Location | Tanzfabrik Wedding Studio5 at Uferstudios Berlin
Technical support | Martin Pilz (Tanzfabrik) and Henryk Weiffenbach
This research is supported by the DIS-TANZ-SOLO (stipend program for the freelance dance professionals) and Tanzfabrik Berlin (cooperation)

Reminiscence – solo for the void spaces 01 from Yuko Matsuyama on Vimeo.

The Void – solo for the void spaces 02

Research | Dance and tonality of the void spaces.

Mentoring for research | Boris von Poser
Music | A Silent Room remastered by Joshua Tennent
Filming | Henryk Weiffenbach
Technical support | Martin Pilz (Tanzfabrik)
Location | Tanzfabrik Wedding Studio5 at Uferstudios Berlin
This research is supported by the DIS-TANZ-SOLO (stipend program for the freelance dance professionals) and Tanzfabrik Berlin (cooperation).

Concept and performance | Yuko Matsuyama

The Void – solo for the void spaces 02 from Yuko Matsuyama on Vimeo.


Terezín Memorial-360° Virtual Tour

The Terezin Memorial (Theresienstadt Ghetto) is located near Prague, Czech Republic.
This year the memorial started offering 3D/360° virtual tour.
The English guided tour is 220 CZK (ca 8€).

This afternoon I call the office and went to the virtual tour.
I book the guided tour (220 CZK/ca 8€) but maybe my mistake nothing happen on the site,
and I went the tour alone from my studio in Berlin Mitte.

On the tour each page you have option to open short explanations and moving though the place by your cursor keys.
The technique is surprisingly smooth yet it was very eye-exhausting to have 360° virtual tour,
so few times I had to stop and went to other sites to search for further information,
eventually my tour went four hours.

There’s (of course) no comparison between the virtual tour and the real visit,
but I could spend enough time for read and further search, I found the tour very informative.

photo above: screen shots from the website:

There are two more links I found online:
KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau (The Dachau Memorial) Virtual Tour
(photo and text, free of charge) 
Holocaust Education Centor’s live virtual tour for Auschwitz
(Group tours are available for $30/person with a minimum of 25 people. )

The online resource I went today was mainly at the Holocaust Encyclopedia of the Holocaus Museum in Washington,
where they also have many topics related to the Holocaust and WWII.

Because I skipped the High-school and went to theater academy at 15, I am not able to talk about how WWII is taught in Japan.
Honestly I do not remember how and how much I’d learned about the Japanese militarism in school.

Besides the theme ‚dance and tonality of the void spaces, in context of the German Culture of Remembrance‘,
my research has allowed me to touch the topic connected to the history of my own country.
Also each meeting with my mentor Boris von Poser have let me find an emotional distance with my own country,
to be able to open my eyes for the negative, brutal and tragic history.

I’ve always been impressed in Berlin, that when I talk about WWII with German friends and acquaintances (age between 13 – 55),
they talk about the fascism of the Nazi Germany, persecution and massacre, the Holocaust which connected with clear guilt.
It seems to me they have acquired critical viewpoint against the history of their own.

On the website I found the page about the Japanese attack on Pearl-Harbor.

Thank you for 2021!

Dear Pilates and Dance friends,

I thank you so much for your visit and friendship in 2021.
Thank you for your support for our studios, Marameo, Tanzfabrik, YogaDelta and Danceworks.

It was extraordinaire joy and relief to return to the studio class in this summer.
However, with the current situation, in coming month I plan to back to Zoom course at some studios.
As soon as we set the detail, we’ll inform to you.

Wishing you a peaceful holiday season!

Yuko from Mitte Berlin

At the Tanzfabrik Wedding St.5

Due to the Netherlands‘ new Covid19 restriction concerning the variant B.1.1.529, the Omicron,
I had to postpone ( eventually canceled ) my trip to the Camp Vught National Memorial, the former Herzogenbusch concentration camp.
And I decided to spend the budget and time to create two solo video, as the final results of this research.  
On Monday 13.December I went to the Jewish Museum in Berlin to experience the architect and the following Tuesday I went to the studio.

As soon as I entered to the Studio 5. at the Tanzfabrik/Uferstudios, the vast emptiness embraced me.  
The technical adviser Martin Pilz kindly helped me to set up the lights and on the third day
my partner and photographer Henryk Weiffenbach helped me for set the camera for filming.   

The Void Spaces: 2 short solo

There was nothing left in those spaces, nor smell nor trace.
In the silence of the void spaces, I stared at the empty space as if looking for an object, and I
strained my ears to hear the voices and music that are no longer there.
At the empty spaces, the air was the only object I was allowed to touch.
For this two solo, I move through the space with a Japanese folding-fan, to touch, move and
follow the movement of the air.

Solo A, Recalling Memories (working title)
Sound : Koa Lament (Ukulelezaza) //ca.1.5min.
Plot :
At the memorials and other sources I’ve read many personal stories of the victims.
For most of the people, although their freedom had already been restricted slowly and steadily,
the day, the end of their happiness came suddenly.
If today’s happiness was suddenly taken away from you tomorrow, what and how long would
you be able to remember it? If it were me, I would remember the happiness not by shape or
colour, but by its sensation, and I probably repeatedly remember the lost happiness again and
For this solo, I improvise with a choreography and make a video collage out of five repetitions.
A sensation of happiness to be recalled again and again.

Solo B, About the Darkness (working title)
Sound: A Silent Room (Joshua Tennent) //ca. 3min.
This is inspired by the Holocaust-Turm by Daniel Libeskind. The overwhelming, the absolute
atmosphere of the tower had many times reminded in me when I visited other empty spaces in the memorials.
I thought that the sins committed in those now empty places are as incomprehensible as the deepest darkness,
a total darkness that could not be overturned by anyone.

Darkness is the void of light, and without a source of light, colours do not appear to our eyes.
If colour can be subjectively translated into movement and sound, what kind of movement and sound can describe the darkness?
An improvisation with movement motifs. 

Venue: Tanzfabrik Wedding at Uferstudios

Absence of the sound of Bob Rutman

The Japanese folding-fan is one of the important tool for this research.
Use the folding-fan made me possible to visualize the movement of the air in the void spaces.
But on 20.November, as I danced with the Jazz pianist Nicolas Schulze, the absent of the Bob Rutman I felt the void the most, more than any memorials I went.

This summer, the legendary musician and painter Bob Rutman passed away.
Bob was the only person I personally knew who born as a Berliner Jew (his mother was Jew) in the NS-Regime.
We seldom talked about it and it was never the reason why I interested in his music.
But sure, he’d never forgotten the different life the ca.165’000 German Jews went.

Since 2003, I have organized many concerts with Bob to give myself chance to play with him.
The most memorable was with the Japanese Butoh dancer Mushimaru and his dancers the Physical Poets
And some time Bob and other organizer invited me to join him.
Bob’s music was like a theater, brought us from the hell to the heaven and the frequency was incredibly touchable.
He lived just around the corner of my studio and was always with beautiful ladies, artists and organizers.
I wonder how many artists I’ve met through playing with Bob. 

On 20.November at the Fabrik Potsdam, I performed the joint-concerts Potsdamer Tanztage 2021 – JazzLab – Bob Rutman Tribute
with the Jazz pianist Nicolas Schulze, cellist Munsha and Alex Dr.Dorsh, dancer Hilla Sternert and other musicians and artists.

And I brought a Japanese folding-fan.

Photo ©Henryk Weiffenbach

Gedenkstätte BergenBelsen

28.10.1944 Anne & Margot Frank sent to Bergen Belsen, where they lost their lives in the early 1945.

-1945 to 1945 : the camp was served as POW (prisoners of war) camp, where a total of 50,000 soldiers lost their lives.
-1943 to 1945 : part of the POW camp was used as the Nazi concentration camp, in which at least 52,000 of the total of around 120,000 prisoners lost their lives.
-1945 to 1950 : on 15.April 1945 the camp was liberated by British army.
Bergen-Belsen was used as the DPs (displaced person’s) camp until the September 1950.
Tuesday Nov.9. I took a train at 6:45am. from the Berlin central station.
The station Celle to the memorial was 1hour by two buss. Trees, fields, cows and horses, I adored the calming autumn nature in the area and arrived to the memorial,  Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen at 10:30am.
The first two hours I walked around the memorial field and POW cemetery. The post barracks, crematorium and cemetery area, except the silent prayer room there are no buildings, only some grave stones and memorial objects stand on the huge field.

In the end of the video, you could hear the firearm. It was very sunny and empty, I only saw one tourist and two soldiers in the field.
But during ca.1.5 hours in the memorial fields,  I was confused by kept hearing enomous firearm shots from afar, and I soon found the military security area notice board. Only ca.2km away from the memorial and the POW cemetery is now British military base.

The modern documentation center have very detailed history about the POW camp, the concentration camp and DPs camp.
Numerous displays I you can hear the original interviews of the survivors; soldiers and imprisoned civilians, also some interviews of the local children at that time.

At the camp Bergen-Belsen, it wasn’t clear what was exactly done with the ashes.

The book „The Memory Monster“ by Yishai Sario and my physical visits of KZs have steadily influenced on my perception.
Every memorials I went have the gray, the color of the ashes.

At the camp Auschwitz-Birkenau the ashes had used as fertilizer.
My Polish tour said that cremation wasn’t common way for Jews.  And the guide repeatedly said „it was happened on our earth“, as if she mentioned saying „the nature of all those area have absorbed the ashes of the victims.“
In the contrast to the gray, the nature in the empty fields now reminds me of the breath of the ashes.

“ Anne Frank, das kleine Mädchen, das zum Widerstand nicht geschaffen war, ist Opfer und Symbol aller Millionen und Abermillionen von Menschen […], die als Opfer der Gewalt starben. “

EN: „Anne Frank, the little girl who didn’t managed to resist, is the victim and symbol of all the millions and millions of people […] who died as victims of violence.“

Fritz Bauer  „Fritz Bauer-Der Staats-Anwalt“ P.261.

I took a bus at 3:30pm, returned to Berlin at ca. 8pm.