RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR VANGELINE THEATER AND NEW YORK BUTOH INSTITUTE STUDENTS
The Vangeline Theater is a respectful community.
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 Vangeline/Vangeline Theater.
Butoh is an art form born in Japan. We study Butoh as part of the Butoh lineage. To ensure that the lineage is respected, we ask that students make themselves familiar with our “rules of engagement”.
Check out our Frequently asked questions and answers.
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, there is an obligation to check in with our teachers- much like you would with other dance or theater art forms. Often times, students perform too early, with not enough guidance, and the performance may not always the beneficial to audiences.
We have a responsibility to Butoh. If you are not sure, check in with your teacher.
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. The New York Butoh Institute consider “Butoh dancers” artists who have achieved a certain 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. When in doubt, an alternative to “Butoh dancer” could be "Butoh artist" or "Butoh practitioner" or "Butoh performer". Because Butoh is an art form, which comes from Japan, we need to proceed carefully and respectfully. Calling yourself a "Butoh dancer" could be considered a form of cultural appropriation if you have not studied long enough, or have not studied under the tutelage of a first or second generation Butoh Master from the lineage. We have to be considerate when we work within an art form, which is not from our cultural heritage. We recommend that you check in with your main 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 quite some time. 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.