RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR VANGELINE THEATER AND NEW YORK BUTOH INSTITUTE STUDENTS

The New York Butoh Institute fosters a respectful community. Please read these terms of engagement for our students. These recommendations apply to you if you are a student of Vangeline/Vangeline Theater and the New York Butoh Institute, and if you study the art form called “Butoh” with The New York Butoh Institute.

TIMELINESS

We ask all our students to be on time for all classes and workshops. Butoh is a delicate practice and lateness is extremely disruptive.

COMMITMENT AND SAFETY

We ask that students do not leave workshops or classes in the middle of class without please notifying the teacher.

If you are not feeling well, please let the teacher know immediately.

NO CELL PHONE, PICTURES OR VIDEOS

Please silence your cell phones. No photos or videos are permitted during classes.

RESPECTING TEACHERS AND LINEAGE

Please maintain appropriate and professional boundaries with our teachers. Any question directed to our teachers can be sent to butohinstitute @gmail.com.

REFUNDS

Payments to Butoh workshops and master classes are non refundable, and non transferable. Once you buy your ticket, we will not be able to refund you.

RELEASE FORMS

At the beginning of each workshop, we will ask that you sign a basic release form. On occasion, we take photos for our funders. This ensures that we keep receiving funding in order to be able to bring you Butoh teachers. These photos will never be shared on social media and remain in our archives.

COMMUNITY

We reserve the right to exclude any student from our workshops and classes, if they do not abide by our rules of engagement.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PERFORMING BUTOH while being a student of Vangeline/Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute.

Can I perform what I learn in class?

While students are free to perform with tools learned in our classes, in our Butoh lineage, we recommend checking in with our teachers - much like you would with other dance or theater art forms.

 Can I call the work I do Butoh?

That is your responsibility to decide if you are performing “Butoh”, or “Post Modern Butoh” or something else.

Acknowledging the lineage and your teachers is recommended.

Can I call myself a Butoh dancer? What can I call myself?

Every one of us has the right to dance Butoh- Butoh has become a universal, global art form.  However, the New York Butoh Institute consider  “Butoh dancers” artists who have achieved a high level of expertise in the craft, after many years of study under the tutelage of a mentor. They quite often have chosen Butoh as their unique craft of choice and have dedicated their lives to the art form. They have achieved professional recognition in their field. We recommend that you check in with your teachers if you have any question about this. 

 

TEACHING BUTOH while being a student of Vangeline/Vangeline Theater

I have been studying Butoh with Vangeline Theater for a while. Can I teach Butoh?

If you develop an interest in teaching Butoh or sharing Butoh exercises, we ask that you seek permission from Vangeline or Vangeline Theater teachers before using any Butoh technique or exercises learned during your participation in our classes and workshops.

 

If you have any additional question, please email butohinstitute@gmail.com.