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International Butoh: Collaboration and Symposium by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline

Monday, November 13, 2017/ 6 PM / Free

International Butoh:

Panel Discussion and Symposium by Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline

Hosted by New York Butoh Institute and Howl! Happening

Howl! Happening and New York Butoh Institute are pleased to present a symposium and panel discussion focused on International Butoh in the 21st century, in conjunction with a series of live performances with Butoh Master Tetsuro Fukuhara (Tokyo, Japan) and Vangeline. Sign language interpretation will be provided for this event.

The performances with Fukuhara and Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute premiere November 17–19, 2017 at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn. For more information on the symposium and performances visit Vangeline Theater.

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.

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 the second and third generations of Butoh, a physical symbol of evolution— teacher to student, man to woman, past to future. 

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.


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). 


Howl! Happening

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Like the neighborhood in which it was born and the Howl! Festival that began it all, Howl! Happening is a space of untamed creativity. Howl! Happening curates exhibitions and stages live events that showcase the historical legacy and contemporary culture of the East Village and Lower East Side. It  is  also dedicated to preserving the archives of artists who spent their creative lives working in this vibrant community and houses the Estates of artist Arturo Vega and  the  beloved  performance  artist,  Tom Murrin aka “The Alien Comic.” The history of the East Village is still being written. The mix of rock and roll, social justice, art and performance, community activism, gay rights and culture,  immigrants, fashion, and nightlife are even more relevant now and Howl! Happening aims to shine a light on artists from the past in the place where their art came alive and where they played and worked.  Howl! Happening is an Arturo Vega Project. Visit

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.