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Butoh performance with Atsushi Takenouchi "SKIN"

Butoh performance with Atsushi Takenouchi


Photo by Wardemar

Photo by Wardemar

brought to you by Vangeline Theater

and New York Butoh Institute

THURSDAY JUNE 22nd, 2017 at 8pm


This program is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

This program is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Vangeline Theater and New York Butoh Institute present: Atsushi Takenouchi in SKIN, a one night only, exclusive and rare butoh performance with live music featuring celebrated Butoh Master Atsushi Takenouchi and musician Hiroko Komiya.

At Kraine Theater

85 East 4th Street

Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues (Bowery)


$20 General admission



  Atsushi Takenouchi (Butoh dancer, choreographer) 

Photo by Pagratis

Photo by Pagratis

Atsushi Takanouchi joined the butoh dance company “Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company was "Takazashiki" (1984), which was worked on by butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi started his own theme “Jinen Butoh” in 1986, and created solo works “Itteki” and “Ginkan,” as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times, environments. He made a three-year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 site-specific improvisations (1996–1999). Since this time, he has been inspired by the spirit of the universe ofKazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration projects with dancers and actors in Italy, France, Poland, Spain, U.S.A., South America, and other countries. Joining in festivals such as Paris Butoh Festival, NY Butoh Festival, Avignon off Festival, etc, he has been presenting his solo pieces. At the same time, he also collaborates with film makers. The recent work in Alaska and Hawaii, an environmental art film “Ridden by Nature” (by KiahKeya /2014) has received more than 20 film awards. (New York Int’l film festival 2016/ Martinique Int’l Film Festival 2015/ World Music & Independent Film Festival WMIFF 2016/ Polish Int’l Film Festival 2016/ Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival 2016/ and more).  After holding the 6month Butoh course from October 2014, he has started long term JINEN Butoh school in Pontedera in Italy since October 2015.

Hiroko Komiya (Musician; object sound, percussion and voice) creates sounds from various objects, like water, stones and metal bowls and voice. Her music is designed to let the sound come naturally from each object, instrument, as if they are breathing and whispering of each life. She regularly accompanies Butoh dance performance by Atsushi Takenouchi.  Her solo CD “ eau nouvelle “ was released in 2009 (sometimestudio/Paris).

Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute is committed to providing programming, performances and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century. The company has been a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance since its founding in 2002. Our 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, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century.