International Butoh: Collaboration and Symposium by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline

International Butoh: Collaboration and Symposium by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline

Hosted by New York Butoh Institute and Howl! Happening



International Butoh: Collaboration and Symposium by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline is a project consisting of a series of live performances with Butoh Master Tetsuro Fukuhara (Tokyo, Japan) and Vangeline Theater/The New York Butoh Institute (USA), as well as symposium/panel discussion focused on International Butoh in the 21st century featuring Brazilian artist Christina Elias (Brazil).

Join us Monday November 13th, 2017 at 6pm for a discussion about the theme International Butoh

Live Demonstration by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline

At Howl! Happening

6 E 1st St

New York, NY

917) 475-1294

Free Admission

will be provided for this event.

will be provided for this event.

Themes discussed:

  • What is Butoh?
  • Possibility of International Butoh
  • What is Space Dance?

Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in post-World War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and travelled worldwide; Butoh is taught and performed across the United States, in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. While the form has its roots in Japan, there are Butoh artists of all cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities continuing its legacy into the 21st century.

In International Butoh: Collaboration and Symposium, Butoh master artists Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline will dive into the past, present, and future of Butoh as a permeable and boundary-blending art form that has reached across geographic and cultural divides. The performance premiere will take place November 17-19 at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn. In advance of the performances, several community engagement and educational activities will occur to build audience and interest, including a a symposium with Fukuhara and Vangeline and a number of other experts at Howl! Arts in Manhattan (Monday November 13, 2017).

Tetsuro Fukuhara, President of Tokyo Space Dance, is a second-generation movement artist of “Improvisation Butoh.” Tetsuro’s studied under Akira Kasai, and Butoh founders Kazuo Ohno, and Tatsumi Hijikata. At 68, Tetsuro represents the oldest generation of Japanese Butoh. His style of “New Butoh Space Dance” is a way to socialize Butoh for the general public, bringing together elements of dance, architecture, information, and design.

Vangeline is an internationally-acclaimed French-born New York City-based Butoh choreographer and is regarded widely as an expert in her field in the United States. She is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute and Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater, an all-female dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. Vangeline’s socially conscious performances tie together Butoh and activism. Her performances have dealt with subjects as varied as feminism, climate change, war and perceptions of gender.

Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline represent the two styles of Butoh: “Butoh of Darkness” and “Improvisation Butoh.” They also represent the second and third generations of Butoh, a physical symbol of evolution— teacher to student, man to woman, past to future. For this collaboration, the artists will work together to share their artmaking practices to create new work. Fukuhara will perform in a large suspended hollow tube and will welcome the younger generation of Butoh dancers from Vangeline Dance Theater to learn his artistic approach and perform with him in his style. Vangeline will create a work that brings together both Japanese Butoh dancers as well as westerner Butoh dancers to perform a “Dance of Darkness”. Through this collaborative performance, the artists seek to reveal the way the art form has grown and shifted, and how individuals are encouraged to adapt the Butoh, ensuring the style is reflective and responsive.

VANGELINE THEATER aims to preserve the legacy and integrity of Japanese Butoh, while carrying the art form well into the future. The unique art of Butoh originated in post-World War II Japan as a reaction to the loss of identity caused by the westernization of Japanese culture, as well as a realization that ancient Japanese performing traditions no longer spoke to a contemporary audience. One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression.

Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater is committed to providing programming, performances and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century. The Vangeline Theater engages, empowers, and educates through Butoh. The company has been a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance since its founding in 2002. The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about Butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance; to connect Butoh to other art forms and disciplines; and to build community through Butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century.


Tetsuro Fukuhara is CEO of Space Museum Corp. and Director of Tokyo Space Dance, choreographer, writer, and photographer. In 2004-2006 he began a study in tokyo with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA). In 2006, "Space Dance in the Robotic Universe" was one of twenty performances short-listed by an international jury for the Unesco Digital Arts award. In 2008 he published a book "Space Dance" by Shunjusha Publishing Company in Tokyo. From 2009 he hold "Space Dance in the Tube" in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, South-Middle-North America, and in Japan. 2013-2016, at Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center, Nagoya Dome, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, LaNaNa(Mexico City), Eskisehir Science Center, and Cer Modern Museum he hold "Space Dance in the Tube", 250,000 audiences come to this project and enjoyed a Space Tube and Space Dance Performance

Additional Panelist:

From Brazil, Cristina Elias, Artist, choreographer 

Cristina Elias's work sets its focus on building bridges between different artistic codes. In 2013, she was awarded the Prize “FUNARTE – Women in Visual Arts” (Ministry of Cultural, Brazil) and, in 2016, the prize “Paço das Artes – Temporada de Projetos 2017” (Paço das Artes Museum, São Paulo, Brazil). Her work has already been exhibited at the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) São Paulo, the Museum of Modern Art (MAM) São Paulo, the MAXXI (Rome, Italy), Radialsystem Berlin (Germany), Festival VERBO (Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil) among others. She concluded a Masters in Movement Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London, UK) and is currently doing her PhD at the Programme of Post-graduation in Design of the University Anhembi Morumbi (São Paulo, Brazil). 


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Captioning is provided, in parts by a grant from NYSCA/TDF Tap Plus.

Captioning is provided, in parts by a grant from NYSCA/TDF Tap Plus.