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 before taking our classes or workshops. 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.

INCLUSIVENESS

The Vangeline Theater does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification. Our classes are open to everyone interested in studying butoh. We welcome students with disabilities, including students with hearing impairment, and/or students who are visually impaired or wheelchair-bound students. Our classes are open level and beginners are welcome.

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

Your safety is very important to us.

We ask that students do not leave workshops or classes in the middle of class without notifying the teacher. If you are not feeling well, please let the teacher know immediately. Thank you for letting teachers know if you have any type of injury before class begins.

It is especially important that you notify the teacher if you have any mental disability, including PTSD, and/or any medically diagnosed mental disorder. Your medical information will remain entirely confidential. Although we favor a trauma informed approach in our classes, the practice of Butoh may occasionally trigger students with PTSD or mental illness. We recommend that students with PTSD or a history of trauma take butoh classes in conjunction with other forms of therapy.

Students with a history of psychiatric disorders should not engage in Butoh practice without consulting with their doctor first, and /or without notifying our teachers.

NO CELL PHONE, PICTURES OR VIDEOS

Please silence your cell phones. No photos or videos are permitted during classes, excpet for our designated photographers.

RESPECTING TEACHERS AND OTHER STUDENTS

Please maintain appropriate, professional and physical boundaries with our teachers and other students. The New York Butoh Institute has a zero tolerance policy with regards to sexual harassment. All students have a right to study butoh in a respectful and safe environment.

Butoh is a sensitive practice, which may render students vulnerable, particularly after class. We protect a safe space for female students, and believe that students should not engage in butoh classes and workshops with the intention of pursuing or dating other students. Male students who ask female students for a date after class will not be welcomed back in our classes and workshops.

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 long 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.

 

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

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.

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