The New York Butoh Institute is proud to present the New York Butoh Festival 2018, a celebration of diversity in butoh featuring 16 artists from Japan, Brazil, Chile, UK, Israel, Italy, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Spain, and the U.S.
Curated by Butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as four nights of groundbreaking performances taking place between October 12 and 23rd, 2018.
We are proud to primarily present the pioneering work of female butoh dancers from all over the world, giving a voice to underrepresented female artists.
Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in postWorld War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and traveled worldwide.
New York Butoh Institute celebrates the way the art form has grown and shifted in the 21st Century, ensuring the style is reflective and responsive.
Nicole Watson (U.K); Natalie Cuellar and Raimundo Estay(Chile); Alana Rosa and Junia Flavia d'Afonseca (Brazil); Melissa Lohman (Italy); Margherita Tisato (Italy); Sindy Butz (Germany); Keren Shavit (Israel); Azumi Oe (Japan); Yokko (Japan); Mariko Endo (Japan); Sophie Amieva (Spain/France); Nurya Chana (U.S.); Will Atkins (U.S.); Raquel Almazan (Costa Rica/ Spain); Vangeline (France).
- October 12, 2018: Launch of Festival with Opening Reception, Short film and Artifacts
- October 13-14: Butoh workshop with Vangeline: Mastering the mind/body connection in Butoh
- October 18-21: Four nights of performances at Hudson Guild
- October 23rd: Closing night of Festival: Butoh Master class with Natalie Cuellar.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Publicity by Michelle Tabnick
Highlight on critically acclaimed “XIBALBA”, directed by Natalia Cuéllar:
According to the “Popol Vuh” (religious Mayan book which narrates the origin of mankind) and the Mayas, the essential knowledge can only be obtained in the subterranean dimension of reality, that is, the underworld.
Xibalbá is the realm of the dead and, at the same time, is an inner dimension that takes the human being to other states of conscience at the moment of his or her decease.
One of the most well-known sacrifices was the virgin maids one, where they were thrown to big subterranean caves to marry with the God of Death.
Highlight on The Mud forms a Finger, Pointed (Nicole Watson, U.K.)
The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed explores creation myth and Messy Play, made in collaboration between Matthew De Kersaint Graudeau (Sound) and Ben Jeans Houghton (Sculpture)
The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed offers a study of the human body as an uncanny object that oscillates between figuration and abstraction, body and material, depicting an object becoming human, a human becoming an object and the protean states between.
Nicole Vivien Watson emerges from an industrial bucket, her body covered in dripping, viscous liquid. The work embodies a contemporary creation myth that melds object and subject, abject and sacred, non-human and human. By invoking the narrative imagery of creation myths where humans are formed from the earth, within the aesthetic of the fetish Messy Play and through the language of Butoh, the performance links our understandings of the contemporary body and our imaginings of a primordial past.
Nicole Vivien Watson Director and founder of Surface Area Dance Theatre CIC, Est. 2007, as a passionate learner, she places investigation at the centre - point of practice, within which are interdisciplinary processes. When asked to describe her interests, she consistently refers to an understanding and informed perception of Butoh, which can be described as a contrastive spectrum of philosophy, performance and socially concerned activities. Equal to her knowledge of Butoh, is a persistent consideration of non - verbal communication. Nicole began studying British Sign Language (BSL) six years ago and with a scholarship from the Royal Ballet Benevolent fund, she is in the final stages of her BSL education. http://www.surfacearea.org.uk/