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Dancing with Ghosts Butoh workshop- Berlin

 Dancing with Ghosts


Hasenheide 9, Gewerbehof, Aufg. 1 Berlin 10967

Dancing with Ghosts
Exploring the metaphysical side of Butoh

For the first time in Berlin!

Vangeline, founder of New York Butoh Institute, and Yael Gaathon, artistic director of the Butoh company Blue Cliff, give an intensive Butoh workshop and performance program “Dancing with Ghosts”
The workshop is open to all interested in exploration and movement, no prior experience in Butoh or dance is needed.

Dancing with ghosts, playing with demons, singing with angels. Through a deep connection to ourselves we enter into a different realm, a world between worlds where the air changes and time disappears. We set off on a journey to find our own dance - our own ghosts, our own demons, our own angels.

WHEN: June 18th + 19th | 10am to 6pm
PRICE: 150€ | 130€ Early bird until May 31st (date of payment) or with TATWERKCARD

Supported by Butoh Channel Berlin

YAEL GAATHON, based in Aarhus Denmark, is the artistic director of the Butoh company Blue Cliff. She has been working with Butoh for over 20 years choreographing, performing and teaching. She views Butoh as an extreme form of sincerity, both in presence and in creation. It is the soul that dances, revealing itself and sharing intimacy and darkness, joy and weakness.
Yael started her career as a theater actress in Israel and was a member of the internationally acclaimed Itim Theater Ensemble, performing with them world wide at prestigious places such as The Barbican Centre in London, Wiener Festwochen in Vienna and Adelaide festival in Australia. She began her training in Butoh in the middle of 1990s, studying with Yoshito Ohno. Her style of butoh is also strongly influenced by Zen, which she has been practicing since 1997. Today Yael Gaathon choreographs, directs, performs and teaches Butoh and theater, working among others with National Theater School (DK) and the Danish Actors Association.
Her appearance on stage was marked as: „… dance with thrilling energy” (The New York Times), “… dances with shamanic intensity”, “… one of the cast’s 10 remarkable actors”, "Tall, striking Yael Gaathon...radiates serenity in repose" (San Francisco Examiner), "Yael (Gaathon) ... is brilliant" (Information, DK)

VANGELINE is an award-winning Butoh dancer, and choreographer. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of The VangelineTheater Inc, and the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline Theater is an all-female dance company that is committed to honoring the legacy of the art form while moving butoh forward in the 21st century. Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”), Los AngelesTimes, (“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 4-star performance of BUTOH BEEETHOVEN received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and was dubbed ‘Exquisite…a resplendent piece of performance theatre; a true tour de force, literally a feat of strength, within and without.”
Vangeline is the founder of the 9-year running, award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project", which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City.
She is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action. Her Butoh work has been commissioned by Atlantic Records’ Grammy award-winning artist SKRILLEX, and is featured in a major motion picture “The Letter” with James Franco and Winona Ryder.

In her workshops Vangeline provides an opportunity to explore and move deeply into an embodied process, awakening lost parts of the human being, exploring all human qualities to transform our dance, our daily life and offer creative energy to the community.
Participants start a spiritual and energetic journey to express, heal and transform hidden aspects of themselves. The work incorporates Japanese Butoh techniques, guided imagery, bio-energetics, core energetics, creative movement, improvisation, release techniques, elements of Noguchi gymnastics.

of Yael Gaathon and Vangeline
15 and 16 June, 20:00

Supported by Butoh Channel Berlin