SUNDAY OCTOBER 20TH
MASTERCLASS WITH TOVE-ELENA NICOLAYSEN
307 West 43rd Street
NY NY 10036
By pre-registration only
“My performances and artworks are a celebration of human existence and has a critical view
of social, political and cultural issues. I create from a desire to explore human nature as well
as questioning the nature of individual and collective reality. My intention is to inspire to
observation of ourselves and the world around us, to awaken compassion and respect
between us as different yet equal human beings.
I seek to recreate the unconscious language through butoh, as traces of raw humanity and
life force moving through my body. I recognize the beauty and strength of our fragility as
human beings, exposing our structures, instincts and contradictions in a poetic and sincere
expression. The result is a physical manifestation; a kind of residue of a process grounded
in personal experience, memory and perception.
As an artist, I share and expose my vision to others. This requires rigorous honesty and will
to understand my psychological and physical defenses adhered through life. So that I can
use them as my allies in my work and be fully open and creative.
Art can be as insignificant or pure as life itself.
The first time I found butoh in me was at NBX, an intercultural theatre school in Oslo,
Norway. The music from my first experience is still in my bones as well as the images that
still appear in every performance I share. This experience set roots in my spine, and since
then have I investigated butoh in different forms, spaces, people and cultures. I am very
grateful to my butoh masters and teatchers, as I walk towards the female voice of butoh with
an open heart and body.”