Asheville Butoh Festival

The Asheville Butoh Festival is entering it’s 12th season. It was established in 2000 by Julie Gillum and the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and brings internationally renowned butoh artists to our region to educate through public workshops and performances for the Asheville community.

The festival is the longest running butoh festival in the US and has featured national and international dance artists. Artists such as: Diego Pinon (Mexico), Sheri Brown, Joan Laage, Vanessa Skantze (Seattle), Yumiko Yoshioka (Japan /Germany), Vangeline (New York) and Nicole LeGette (Chicago) have performed in downtown Asheville at the BeBe Theatre. In addition to Gillum, local butoh dancers Sara Baird, Jenni Cockrell, and Constance Humphries have made significant artistic contributions to this vibrant and growing festival through the years.

In April 2017,  The 11th Asheville Butoh Festival, hosted Paul Michael Henry from Glasgow, Scotland and Ken Mai from Japan via Helsinki, Finland. These two ferocious male butoh artists marked a historical rarity considering the powerhouse women that have graced the stage over the years. The 11th Asheville Butoh Festival was a great success with sold out performances and exciting workshops.

Seisaku and Yuri Nagaoko are coming from Tokyo to be in residency here in Asheville for the 12th Asheville Butoh Festival in October of 2018.

And in the fall of 2019, the 13th Asheville Butoh Festival presents Atsushi Takeneuchi and Hiroko Komiya on a rare visit to the US, to perform and teach workshops in Asheville, New York, Chicago, and Portland. Stay posted for more details.

Special thanks to this year’s festival supporters!
Denise Carbonell and Derek Dominy
Diana and Richard Brewster
Gigi Renee’ Goulart-Fasano
Ron and Linda Larsen
Bill Parks
Sandee Johnson

If you would like to support the festival, visit our support page.