The Vangeline Theater has been a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance since its founding in 2002. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Vangeline, the Vangeline Theater brings to life a timeless style of Butoh that continues to captivate audiences.





  Vangeline Theater-Photo by  Michael Blase

Vangeline Theater-Photo by Michael Blase

carrying BUTOH into the 21st century

 Photo Beatrice Schleyer

Photo Beatrice Schleyer

Our Mission

The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about Butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance; to connect Butoh to other art forms and disciplines and to build community through Butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, providing superior Butoh training to our community. The New York Butoh Institute is dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on education, research and archiving.

The Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute reaches 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). This award-winning project continues to contribute to the rehabilitation of New York's incarcerated population.

Since its inception in 2002, the Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute has challenged gender inequality in butoh. 

The company has been heralded in numerous national and international publications. Check out our PRESS REVIEWS.


The company has received support from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the Japan Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and the Friedman Foundation.

The Vangeline Theater is a 501c3 charitable organization. 

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We are grateful for past and present funding from:

  • The New York Department of Cultural Affairs
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Asian American Arts Alliance
  • Robert Friedman Foundation
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Puffin Foundation
  • Gibney Dance
  • Brooklyn Arts Council