Butoh Beetoven with Vangeline is now featuring "Chanson D' Automne" interpreted by American Singer Kesang Marstrand, born in Woodstock, New York, to a Danish mother and Tibetan father. Kesang is best known for the single "Tibet Will Be Free" that she wrote after March 2008 riot in Tibet, in support of the non-violent resistance of the Tibetan people, and for her debut album, Bodega Rose, which was released November 21, 2008.
We are thrilled to share this NEW OUTSTANDING REVIEW by Claire Palmer in the LEGENDARY INTERNATIONAL TIMES- The Newspaper of Resistance - about "Project Godie" in Newcastle (UK).
Vangeline had to the pleasure to dance BUTOH as well as choreograph/direct this project presented by Surface Area DanceTheatre.
More critical acclaim for Butoh in a legendary counterculture magazine founded in the 60's, supported by Paul Mc Cartney and Allen Ginsberg:
"electric...a psychological confrontation...deeply ominous and unnerving...Hypnotising...sensationally terrifying."
"Western cultural references could be the witches in Macbeth, Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, Lindsay Kemp’s radical mime/dance show Flowers in the 1970s, or Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. But even with this cache of cultural strangeness under your belt, nothing quite prepares you for the sheer thrill and terror inflicted by the barely perceptible advance of the dancers."
Claire Palmer - THE INTERNATIONAL TIMES- The Newspaper of Resistance August 15, 2016
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Again congratulations to Surface Area DanceTheatre, Nicole Vivien Watson, Molly Procter, Trans/Human, Adam Denton, Luke Twyman, Katerina Dipla, Aaron Guy, Paul Miller, Louise Gregory, Lucy Emma Nichol, and Vangeline.
MORE GREAT REVIEWS FOR PROJECT GODIE:
15th August - The Journal - Review
What Are the Creative Climate Awards?
Human Impacts Institute's Creative Climate Awards use the creative process as a tool to inspire audiences to explore the consequences of their actions, think critically about pressing issues, and to make the environment personal. These events hope to inspire positive action around the challenges posed by climate change.
The Creative Climate Awards include an opening ceremony on Tuesday September 27th from 6:30-8:30pm followed by a month long exhibition on 42nd Street, Manhattan. Included in the Creative Climate Awards are paintings, drawings, instilations, music, dances, and 3 film screnings. The Creative Climate Awards closing ceremony will occur on Thursday October 27th and will have a Halloween theme.
Vangeline Theater was select to compete for this award and will present a site specific adaptation of our Eco-Friendly Butoh piece WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. Vangeline Theater seeks to increase environmental awareness in New York and nationally, resulting in a positive impact on our ecosystem.
Teaser Performance: at the opening of the exhibition at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on Thursday, September 27th, between 6:30 and 8:30pm.
Free and open to the public
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office on Thursday, September 27th, between 6:30 and 8:30pm.
Address: 1 East 42nd Street NY NY
Vangeline Theater is pioneering a Green initiative called "WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE"- Butoh for Waste Prevention- Reducing Coffee Trash in New York.
In this Vangeline Theater Butoh ensemble piece, Vangeline Theater will dance in a set made of 1000 used disposable coffee cups to illustrate how much non recyclable waste our society generates. Audiences are invited to buy reusable cups and commit to being part of a positive change for our community.
Currently, Americans are responsible for a staggering 58% of the paper cup consumption in the world. NYC counts 212 Starbucks, 454 Dunkin Donuts, and 974 other coffee shops for a total of 1,700 coffee shops within the five boroughs. This results in a daily mountain of non-recyclable coffee cup trash, which, for the most part, ends-up in a landfill. There are 4100 coffee shops in the Tri-State area, which represents an estimated 14 million cups New York will generate over the next 10 years. The paper cups used at coffee shops across NYC are laminated with a plastic resin, polyethylene, which helps keep beverages warm and prevents leaking but also prevents the cup from being recycled. Once in a landfill, the paper begins to decompose, releasing methane, a greenhouse gas with 23 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide. This issue is directly linked to the threat of global warming.
Let's clean up our act!
photos courtesy of Michael Blase.
THE DREAM A DREAM PROJECT
DANCE WORKSHOP FOR INCARCERATED MEN AND WOMEN
Winner of 2015 Gibney Dance -Social Action Award
This program is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation Ltd and New York State Council on the Arts.
Read more of the THE DREAM A DREAM PROJECT HERE
On May 10th, 2016, Vangeline will be honored as Volunteer of the Year at Edgecombe Correctional Facility on May 10th for THE DREAM A DREAM PROJECT DANCE WORKSHOP FOR INCARCERATED MEN AND WOMEN, taking place currently at Edgecombe Correctional Facility in Harlem.
These photographs are shared with the permission of Edgecombe Correctional Facility and the Department of Corrections.
Watch Vangeline teach at Edgecombe Correctional on CNN
Exclusive: Leverage Models Bring Butoh to the Table in "Senators"
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.
By By Lindsey Rhoades
Leverage Models' Alena Spanger (L) and Shannon Fields
Seeing Leverage Models live is like watching a fireworks display. Frontman Shannon Fields is a powder keg of nervous energy, belting words through a megaphone, jangling a tambourine, and flailing through the crowd. He doesn’t dance so much as combust. The unbridled gusto is partially inspired by the tent revivals Fields attended in his youth, where worshippers spoke in tongues. "I have nothing to do with that belief system anymore," he says, "[but] there’s something physically and emotionally that I carry with me, kind of my default mode."
Fields’s exodus from the faith involved an element most don’t: butoh. Isolated in a deeply religious Pentecostal community, a teenage Fields came across photos of pioneering performer Tanaka Min in a Japanese magazine he was using for a school assignment. Tanaka wore little but white body paint, contorting his vulnerable body in public spaces. "It felt like looking at a kind of porn," but without the guilt and shame that his upbringing attached to desire, says Fields. "I felt embarrassed and confused and excited by it. Not sexually, but artistically. My imagination went supernova."
Butoh is how Fields learned art could use abstraction to reach emotional truth, but its influence on Leverage Models has not been explicit — until today. The Village Voice is pleased to post the exclusive premiere of the band’s video for their new song “Senators,” which features choreography from butoh performer Vangeline France.
"Senators" began as a way for Fields to confront his discomfort in social situations. He observed the transactional, getting-to-know-you conversations going on around him and started writing snippets of dialogue, which he turned into disjointed lyrics. "I’m paralyzed by small talk, and interested and fascinated in it because of that," he says. "There’s something obviously political about that [transactional] way of having a conversation. That simple, declarative language seemed like the language of government, the language of business – powerful, direct."
This image of polished professionals became the inspiration for the "Senators" video. As he was falling asleep one night, Fields envisioned himself and Alena Spanger, the other singer in "Senators," in an exaggerated debate. "People in a business negation use control in their facial expressions and bodies to project power," says Fields. "All of a sudden I thought, 'Oh, this is butoh!' — the way that form of dance abstracts the body and finds a sort of dream logic."
But Fields didn’t know any performers, so a friend connected him with Vangeline, a French-American butoh dancer. Like Fields, she came to butoh unexpectedly, when a friend took her to BAM to see internationally renowned butoh troupe Sankai Juku. Butoh’s acknowledgement of darkness spoke to her. "We all have [primitive] energies inside of us, [but] most of us have been socialized to repress them," Vangeline says. "In butoh we give them an arbitrary expression…. We’re giving a voice to the Genie in the bottle, and then [putting] it back in."
To make the video, Vangeline and one of her principal dancers, Azumi, worked through long takes to keep their almost imperceptible movements authentic despite wearing the less-than-authentic costume of contemporary business suits. Their tension mirrors the stilted mannerisms of family dinners or first dates, and as the video progresses, flickers of surreal, traditional butoh encroach upon this modern scene, all gnarled limbs and ashen makeup. This is the brilliance of the video: It reflects the sinister, or at least uncomfortable, truths that can lie just beneath the surface of our social interactions. Both butoh and the song itself operate on subconscious levels, and if neither makes sense at first, the merging of Fields’s and Vangeline’s mediums brings the purpose of both into sharp focus.
It was a collaboration of like-minded artists. "He pushes himself to the limit of what is socially acceptable," Vangeline says of Fields’s unbridled performance style, which is visually the polar opposite of butoh but philosophically similar. "There’s something in him that is fearless; he doesn’t mind making himself uncomfortable. That’s such an important part of the work that we do – we have to be willing to be uncomfortable."
Leverage Models DJ at Good Room on May 3. Click here for more information and ticket
BLUE CLIFF PRESENTS
DANCING WITH GHOSTS
EUROPEAN TOUR MAY- JUNE 2016
In this international cultural mix of Japan, Denmark, Israel, USA and France, two modern-day Butoh artists, Yael Gaathon and Vangeline, bring to the stage two solo pieces with complementary and contradictory styles and atmosphere.
By the Fading Light is a Butoh-theater piece about age and aging. In it Yael Gaathon (DK/ISR) unfolds the inner story of a woman past and present, journeying through memories, fears and acceptance.
In Butoh Beethoven Butoh dancer Vangeline (USA/FR) conjures up the ghosts of two passionate giants - founder of Butoh Tatsumi Hijikata and composer Ludwig van Beethoven – creating an hypnotic, electrifying and award-winning solo performance.
DANCING WITH GHOSTS - A CONTEMPORARY BUTOH DANCE/THEATER PERFORMANCE
TWO SOLO WORKS
BLUE CLIFF PRESENTS
BY THE FADING LIGHTBY YAEL GAATHON (DK/ISR)
VANGELINE THEATER PRESENTs
BUTOH BEETHOVEN BY VANGELINE (USA/FR)
1–3 JUNE 2016 | AARHUS | PERFORMANCEs | SVALEGANGEN
4–5 JUNE 2016 | AARHUS | WORKSHOP | BROBJERGSKOLEN
6–7 JUNE 2016 | COPENEHAGEN | WORKSHOP | TEATERØEN
10–12 JUNE 2016 | COPENEHAGEN | PERFORMANCEs | TEATERØEN
15–16 JUNE 2016 | BERLIN | PERFORMANCEs | ACKER STADT PALAST
18–19 JUNE 2016 | BERLIN | WORKSHOP | TATWERK
MORE INFO at http://www.bluecliff.org/#overview
Vangeline Theater is now 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.
While scientific evidence supports the numerous physical, psychological, and social benefits of dance; studies in Japan indicate that Butoh dance is an effective activity for promoting the health and well being of individuals.
The Japan Dance Therapy Association (JADTA) reports a growing interest in the use of Butoh therapy in promoting general well being in individuals and the community. The Butoh dance method is described as promoting deep mind/body integration with conscious/subconscious integration. Research done by the Hokkaido Technological College reported that various conditions were shown to decrease, including migraines, muscle tensions, nervous stomach conditions, sleeplessness, hypertension, kidney inflammation, and gastric ulcers. Surveys of participants indicated that following the Butoh therapy, they felt happier, better able to enjoy their work, and they felt their lives had acquired greater meaning.
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.
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.