Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute.

The New York Butoh Institute is dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh. The New York Butoh Institute was founded to preserve Butoh's heritage while taking steps to investigate butoh scientifically.

We reach out to the New York community by offering public Butoh classes, workshops and performances through collaborations with international and national Butoh artists, as well as to members of the incarcerated population, via teaching Butoh at correctional facilities in New York ("The Dream a Dream Project" since 2007).

The New York Butoh Institute is dedicated to researching the wide range of physical and psychological benefits of Butoh dance. We are interested in the impact of Butoh on health and well being, and in documenting what happens in the brain of people dancing butoh, as well as the effect of Butoh dance on viewers.

 Still from Mutual Brainwaves Lab video rendering. Image by Suzanne Dikker and Matthias Oostrik

Still from Mutual Brainwaves Lab video rendering. Image by Suzanne Dikker and Matthias Oostrik

OUR NEXT PROJECT:

Brain Mapping for Butoh

New imaging technologies now allow researchers to document the brain activity of Butoh dancers, and research centers are well equipped to study Butoh training and its broader neurological implications. The New York Butoh Institute will pioneer scientific studies of the brain of butoh dancers in the US and abroad. Our primary focus will be recording brain activity of first and second generation Butoh Masters from Japan, as well as brain waves of third and fourth generation practitioners from the US.

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Contact butohinstitute@vangeline.com if you are interested in this project.

“These kinds of projects are not typical neuroscience experiments, in that we are not working with people who are sitting still in a lab. They are very exploratory”.
— – Neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker
In Butoh, there is a point of synchrony between performers. It starts as a solitary exploration that transcends the individual and goes into something much larger.
— –Vangeline


READ FULL INTERVIEW WITH MAI HERE

 Vangeline at Passage- ISE Gallery- photo by Michael Blase

Vangeline at Passage- ISE Gallery- photo by Michael Blase