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New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019

Tove-Elena Nicolaysen - Photo by Audun Bacic

Tove-Elena Nicolaysen - Photo by Audun Bacic


New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019

This October, the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019 is proud to present bold butoh works by 13 female dancers from Japan, Columbia, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, and the U.S.

Curated by butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as eight nights of groundbreaking performances presented by Theater for the New City, taking place between October 17 and 27th, 2018.

On week three, thanks to a loan from the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives and a Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Festival will feature an exact replica of Tatsumi Hijikata’s 1968 iconic costume of Revolt of the Body. We will host a lecture featuring costume expert Todd Thomas, who recreated the costume and screen a short film of Hijikata in his 1968 solo. For the first time in America, butoh fans will be able to admire this historic costume. Vangeline will wear the replica for the premiere of Hijikata Mon Amour.

With this Festival, we continue on our mission to present the pioneering work of female butoh dancers from around the world.

Artists Featured:

Eri Chian (Osaka, Japan); Mari Osanai, (Aomori, Japan), Tove-Elena Nicolaysen (Norway), Salome Kokoladze (Georgia), Sindy Butz (Germany), Katherine Adamenko (USA), Madelyn Sher (USA), Angela Newsham  (USA), Melissa Lohman (Italy), Margherita Tisato (Italy), Yazmin Gonzales (USA), Vangeline, (France) and Brenda Polo (Columbia).


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program was made possible by a Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London.

This program was made possible by a Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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6:00 PM18:00

Vangeline performs at Daniel Arsham's Lunar Gardens at Cadillac House



On October 26 from 6-7pm, Visionaire presents a performance by
renowned Butoh dancer Vangeline in Daniel Arsham’s Lunar Garden
at the Gallery at Cadillac House, 330 Hudson Street, New York City.
Butoh, a style of dance also known as ankoku butoh (“the dance of utter
darkness”), originated in Japan when founders Tatsumi Hijikata and
Kazuo Ohno searched for a visual and physical medium they’d never
experienced before.
The dance-style is slow and often performed by white
painted dancers in a dimly lit and empty stage. Vangeline has mastered
the technique and will be moving across the raked, moonlit garden in an
haute couture gown while viewers are invited to experience the zen that
both Arsham’s installation and Vangeline’s elegant movements induce.
The event is free and open to the public.

VANGELINE, PERFORMER she is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer
specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She
is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company
firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st
century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline’s work has
been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”),
Los Angeles Times, (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced
Japanese Butoh artist”) and LA Weekly to name a few. Time OUT Chicago
named Vangeline’s, “one of the best Dance Visits of 2011.” More recently her
BUTOH BEEETHOVEN: Eclipse received critical acclaim in New York and was
dubbed:‘incredibly moving and powerful. It is clear that Vangeline is an artist
who knows the darkness of Butoh well, and has the incredible skill to make that
darkness dance...Vangeline has the control and poise of a true master of Butoh."

MATTHEW PLACEK, DIRECTOR his diverse practice, which includes
photography, video and digital art explores the psychological concerns of
the random encounter and probes the body’s ability to remember. Using his
camera often engaged with a human subject (visible or invisible), placek
makes visible the uncertainty and doubt that we all carry in an age of instant
replays and digital capture. What does remembering mean and how does
the body remember? Placek’s fascination with this subject derives from
watching his grandmother succumb to alzheimer’s. In his last meeting with
her, he was struck by her lack of recall, a traumatic experience, which led to
placek’s early forays into photography. The discipline of photography was the
underpinning of his artistic evolution. Now, Placek engages with immortalizing
his relationships and experiences through various forms of documentation.

DANIEL ARSHAM, ARTIST he re-imagines The Gallery at Cadillac House as
a “Lunar Garden” combining sculpture, sound, and an immersive environment
that offers visitors a re-interpretation of a traditional Japanese rock garden with
a unique colored gradient. At one end of the space is a 9 foot diameter light orb
which resembles the moon. The design in the sand garden is further enhanced
by the single light source. In Arsham’s version of the traditional garden, rocks
have been replaced by a petrified tree and lantern. Arsham’s use of gradient
pink is a significant departure from his earlier work, which relies on a palette
of black, white and gray tones. Arsham is colorblind but has recently been
able to see a broader, more vibrant spectrum of color by using special glasses.
This vibrancy has translated into his work and marks an important new visual
language in this exhibition. “We’re excited to share Daniel Arsham’s vision
with a new audience,” says Cecilia Dean, curator of The Gallery at Cadillac
House along with her Visionaire partner James Kaliardos who adds, “And we
hope it will offer a moment of calm and contemplation.”



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