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11th Asheville Butoh Festival

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Asheville Butoh and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre are honored to present the Asheville Butoh Festival April 20 – 23, now in it’s 11th year. The 2017 festival features international guest artists as well as local butoh artists.

We are pleased to welcome Paul Michael Henry from Glasgow, Scotland and Ken Mai from Japan via Helsinki, Finland. Both of these seasoned butoh dancers have toured their work throughout the European festival circuit, including Edinburgh Festival, WOMAD Festival UK, Moving Bodies Festival in Italy and Ireland, FLOW Festival in Helsinki, and various butoh festivals worldwide.

New work by local butoh dancers Sara Baird, Jenni Cockrell, Julie B. Gillum and Constance Humphries highlight the festival as well.

The 2017 Asheville Butoh Festival includes 4 evenings of performance April 20 – 23 Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 7:00 PM.

Workshops are on Saturday April 22 and Sunday the 23rd, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

All events take place at the BeBeTheatre, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheviille.

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

Paul Michael Henry​ has trained with many of the best known Butoh masters alive today, including Yoshito Ohno, Yukio Waguri, Akira Kasai, Masaki Iwana, Kayo Mikami, Seisaku & Yuri,​ Tadashi Endo, Yumiko Yoshioka, Imre Thormann, Yuko Kaseki​ and Gyohei Zaitsu.​ Since 2001, he has been making performances and other artworks. His starting points are dance, music, writing and ritual. The end results can be body-based performance, multimedia work, writing or pure improvisation.

Henry is artistic director of UNFIX Fes​tival​ in Glasgow, Scotland where he is based. UNFIX​ is an evolving festival of performance and ecological activism set up in 2015 in Glasgow and New York. Henry’s workshop, entitled The Dreaming Body​ is a synthesis of his training along with his own experiences with personal research. The Asheville Butoh Festival​ is thrilled to offer this workshop​ on Sunday​ April 23, 2017 1:00-4:00 PM​.

Ken Mai​ has studied the unique styles of both butoh founders, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno​. Mai’s style of performance and teaching combines butoh elements with his own background in acting, German expressionist dance, gymnastics, martial arts, singing, Zen, and yoga. He has been performing his solo dance work throughout the world, teaching, as well as directing and collaborating with internationally acclaimed dancers, actors, musicians, sculptors, and visual artists.

Mai currently resides in Helsinki, Finland where he has been since 2008, teaching at the National Theatre Academy of Finland​. He previously worked in Kyoto 1998-2006 and made a name for himself in his home country with many significant performances in Japanese cities including Kazuo Ohno Homage Event “Kazuo Ohno’s Universe and Flower”​ (2004) in Osaka with Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno​ present in the audience. Mai has directed professional dance and theatre companies as well as university programs as far away as Mexico City, Buenas Aires, Helsinki, India, and Oxford. Mai has also worked to benefit patients with Multiple Sclerosis​ in the Czech republic.

FESTIVAL WORKS

For the 2017 Asheville Butoh Festiva​l, Paul Michael Henry​ will present his own text, dance and music in Laughter at Being Crushed ​ a solo performance based on the poetry of Persian Sufi mystic Rumi.​ With this work, Henry attempts to say ‘Hello’ to the audience as a broken human without mask or artifice, the hardest task in the world. Translations of Rumi ​by Coleman Barks​ are used with the kind permission of Mr. Barks. “…trampled into nothing, I have found the only option left is to become everything let the body be danced…”

Ken Mai ​will premiere Requiem of Flower​, a solo he created for his 2017​ US Tour​ that includes San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Asheville. Requiem​ is about the life and death of a flower, expressing the universal law of life, death, and rebirth. This simple poetic theme reveals the essence of all living things: human, animal, plant, and insect. To dedicate one’s life to the greatest achievement of beauty, wisdom, compassion, or instinct. To live so that there is no regret when death comes.

Sara Baird​, artistic director of Anemone Dance Theater​, premiers Koromo-dako (Cloth Octopus). Performed by Julie Becton Gillum, Jenni Cockrell, Constance Humphries, and Sara Baird​, this multimedia work layers the dancers with original video projections,sound, and sculpture to create a surrealistic subterranean territory. (​anemonedance.org​)

Jenni Cockrell ​of strange daughters butoh reimagines the tragic tale of Ophelia​ from ​Shakespeare​’s Hamlet​, turning it on its head. weedy trophies, a solo exploration of themes such as vulnerability, contradiction, strength, approval, value and loss of self, investigates Ophelia​ from an experimental point of view. (strangedaughtersbutoh.com)

Asheville Butoh Festival ​director Julie B. Gillum​ will present her solo Yo, La Peor de Todas (Me, the Worst of Them All), ​a tribute to Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz​, 17th century Mexican feminist/ poet/ nun. Inspired and produced in-part by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre​, the piece was performed in December 2016 at the Oc -’Ohtic Festival of Contemporary Dance ​in Merida, Mexico. (ashevillebutoh.com; acdt.org) ​

Carriage, presented by festival assistant director, Constance Humphries​, features choreography created in collaboration with Julie B. Gillum, live music by composer Zach Cooper​, costume collaboration with Genie Maples ​and dancers Sara Baird, Jenni Cockrell​ and Humphries. This trio illuminates physical and emotional burdens we carry, investigating the wisdom that a burden shared is a burden lifted. (​constancehumphries.com​)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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Performances
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Thursday, April 20th, 8pm and Sunday, April 23rd, 7pm
Local Color: Sara Baird, Jenni Cockrell, Julie B. Gillum, Constance Humphries

Friday & Saturday, April 21st & 22nd, 8pm
Requiem of Flower created and performed by Ken Mai
Laughter at Being Crushed created and performed by Paul Michael Henry

Workshops
Cost: $40 each; $75 for both

Saturday, April 22nd, 1:00-4:00 pm
Workshop by Ken Mai

Sunday, April 23rd, 1:00-4:00 pm
Workshop by Paul Michael Henry

MEET THE DANCERS

Paul Michael Henry – paulmichaelhenry.com
Ken Mai – kenmaibutoh.blogspot.com
Sara Baird – anemonedance.org
Jenni Cockrell – strangedaughtersbutoh.com
Julie Gillum – ashevillebutoh.com
Constance Humphries – constancehumphries.com

SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL
Please consider making a tax deductible donation via Indiegogo: https://igg.me/at/11thashevillebutohfestival All proceeds go towards the production costs of the festival. All proceeds go towards the production costs of the festival.

Production costs for the 4 evening-length shows are $3200. Your tax-deductible donations are going toward the cost of presenting these important performances at the BeBe Theatre. All funds raised will contribute to the costs associated with presenting this unique and important festival. Contact ACDT at office@acdt.org if you would like to make your donation tax deductible.

FESTIVAL HISTORY
The Asheville Butoh Festival, produced by Julie B. Gillum and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre has happened eleven times since 2000 featuring 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.

ABOUT BUTOH
Butoh was founded by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in Japan in 1951. This avant-garde dance form was a reaction to the westernization of Japanese culture after WWII. Butoh is directly influenced by the artistic movements of German Expressionism, DADA, and Surrealism and Japanese primitive rituals, the theatrical arts Noh and Kabuki, and the traditional Japanese society. In the 1960’s and 70’s, Japanese dance and theatre artists Akaji Maru (Dai Rakuda Kan), Amagatsu (Sankai Juku), Eiko and Koma, and Min Tanak continued to shape butoh. Butoh often creates fragmentary, dream-like moments shrouded in satire, metaphor, and mystery. It is this intellectual yet visceral experience that makes butoh vital in our contemporary times as it seeks to address technological transformation, humanity’s struggle to understand cycles of life and death, and shifting perspectives that embrace a global viewpoint.

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Back to Basics Butoh Practice

In preparation for the upcoming 11th Asheville Butoh Festival in April, artistic director Julie B Gillum, is offering 6 workshops (12 hours) designed to prepare and introduce any body to butoh dance. (Only life experience is necessary, dance work is appropriate for any age or level.) Warm ups will consist of exercises from Noguchi Taiso, Modern Dance, Release Technique, Improvisation, and butoh practice. Practice will explore the 3-dimensionality of joints. The body, part by part, will experience being moved by an outside, unseen force rather than by personal will or objective. We will work with imagery to allow the body to move with /without weight and substance. We will work toward the primary goal of cultivating and sharing intimacy with self, partner, group, and audience.

Dates: Monday Evenings February 27 – April 3, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: 475 Fletcher Martin Road, Alexander, NC 28701
http://www.frenchbroadstudios.com/index.html

BIO: Julie Becton Gillum has been creating, performing and teaching dance in the US and internationally for over 40 years. Her primary form of artistic expression has become butoh, which she has been practicing, performing and teaching since 1997. She has created and presented major pieces in the genre, at a variety of venues in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Mexico. Gillum was awarded the 2008-09 NC Choreography Fellowship and used the funds to go to Japan the summer of 2009 to study butoh at the source.

Cost: $100 for all 6 sessions, paid first night of practice OR $20 per class

Contact Julie: email: bgbutoh@gmail.com

Butoh Workshop: Finding Our Hiding Spots

Shadowbody photography by Li Yang
Photography by Li Yang

Finding Our Hiding Spot
Butoh Workshop with shadowbody

We will travel into subtle mind/body spaces hidden within us in three parts: warmup, form/breaking form, and creation.
*All ages and levels welcome.

Saturday September 3, 2016; 1:00 – 4:00 PM

New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce Street, downtown Asheville, NC

http://www.acdt.org

Cost:$30 (general);  $25 (students /seniors)

Fringe Night at the Crow & Quill – Butoh Edition

CrowQuill

Wednesday, July 27 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Crow and Quill
106 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

July 27 marks the next installment of the Summer Fringe Nights at the Crow & Quill. This event will feature three performances by local Butoh masters. These short pieces, each about 15 – 20 minutes in length, represent a variety of Butoh styles and emotions. From the silly to the sublime, the performers present tales of weirdness and woe in various locations within the bar.

Julie Becton Gillum, internationally known dancer and founder of Legacy Butoh, is performing and coordinating this interactive evening which also features Sarah Baird from Anemone Dance Theater, Jenni Cockrell from strangedaughters butoh and Constance Humphries.

The Crow & Quill at 106 N. Lexington has an extraordinary menu of cocktails and an exquisite atmosphere that takes you back in time. Come enjoy the alternate universe with a vintage Whiskey, unique hand crafted cocktail and a Butoh performance.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A Technique For Butoh Dance

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In this course, I would like to further develop the material from the original course taught in February, which barely scratched the surface. Several of the participants expressed interest in continuing to explore “A TECHNIQUE FOR BUTOH DANCE.” If you are interested, show up on June 13; if you have questions please contact me. All levels are welcome.

What:  A TECHNIQUE FOR BUTOH DANCE 6 – Week Session
Who:  Taught by Julie Becton Gillum, jbgbutoh@gmail.com, 828 683 1377
When:  Monday Evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 PM,  June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25
Where: French Broad Studios
475 Fletcher Martin Road,
Alexander, NC 28701
Cost: $100 for entire series OR $20 per session.

Based on exercises and improvisations from Butoh training, Noguchi Gymnastics, and Modern Dance, this course aims to introduce a method for training and preparing the body to dance butoh. Classes will introduce, explore, and develop physical skills and anatomical theories of the body. Graham’s contract/ release theories, Humphrey /Limon’s concepts of fall /recover /rebound /suspend, Cunningham’s isolation and articulation practices, as well as Noguchi’s work with body as a water bag will provide material to assist in developing alignment, control of the center, and balance which are necessary for any dance or theatre performance. We will explore how to shape space through the timing and effort of our own creative energy, applyiing it in  collaboration with gravity, and other physical forces. From the tiniest twitch to fully realized body forms and actions, the purpose of this work is to find the unique expression of your personal interior and exterior corporeal functions.

The Dance of Intimacy – Butoh Workshop

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The Dance of Intimacy
Butoh Dance
June 26, 1-5pm
Instructor: Constance Humphries
Cost: $25

In this 4 hour workshop we will practice seeing and being seen through the lens of intimacy. Participants will make the invisible visible, learning more about the vulnerability of the body and mind. Through movement, we will find pathways to explore space, time and place and play with structures for improvising where we can witness and participate. Skills include release techniques and experiential anatomy to better understand the mechanics of the body. Additionally, we will work with patterns, imagery and perspective to create dances that are dynamic and alive in the moment.

Delivered in an approachable atmosphere which enables groups and individuals to develop and practice in a positive and challenging environment of serious play, the workshops are suitable for everyone, including actors, dancers, live/performance artists, musicians and anyone interested in exploring butoh as a means of creative investigation.

All aptitudes and abilities are welcome. No previous experience required. Participants are encouraged to work at their level.

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10th Asheville Butoh Festival

Yumiko Yoshioka

The 10th Asheville Butoh Festival
April 7-10, 2016
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday/Friday, April 7th & 8th – 7:30 pm
Before The Dawn created and performed by Yumiko Yoshioka
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

*This event was generously funded by
Derek Dominy & Denise Carbonell @ The Cotton Mill Studios

Saturday/Sunday, April 9th & 10th – 1:00-5:00 pm
Workshops by Yumiko Yoshioka $40;  $75 for both

Saturday, April 9th – 7:30 pm
Local Color, 
Asheville’s own butoh crew: Sara Baird, Julie B Gillum,
Constance Humphries,
and Julia Taylor
With composers: Elisa Faires and Meghan Mulhearn
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Sunday, April 10th – 7:30 pm
strange daughters, an evening of solos by Jenni Cockrell 
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Reservations: BeBe Theatre 828 254 2621
Box Office hours: M – F, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Produced by Julie Gillum and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater

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 2016 marks the 10th Asheville Butoh Festival and twenty years of butoh dance in Asheville. Julie Becton Gillum and the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre have collaborated to produce this uncommon festival. For Asheville Butoh’s landmark year, we have invited Yumiko Yoshioka, world renowned butoh performer and teacher to share her talents with us. Cities such as Portland, San Francisco, Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Chicago, and Asheville are havens for butoh dance, still finding itself in North America.

In honor of our 10th anniversary we have asked Yumiko to perform her seminal work Before the Dawn, a piece that represents butoh at its most profound level of movement exploration and philosophical inquiry. In this evening length epic, Yumiko Yoshioka, through her own transformation, illuminates secrets in our bodies. Her movement and gestures, execute a divine incantation in which she invites the sublime and monstrous beings from dreams and nightmares to dance with her. Her performances will be Thursday April 7 and Friday April 8 at 7:30 PM.

Yumiko will teach two butoh and organic movement workshops on Saturday April 9 and Sunday April 10, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Cost is $40 for each workshop or $75 for both. The body is a receptacle of time. Body Resonance is a key to open the ever changing world inside and outside of us. The body unfolds its secrets, holding them up until they reverberate within the surrounding Universe. A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears. One step to metamorphosis! All levels are welcome to this 8 hour corporeal feast. Performances and workshops take place at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville.

Local contemporary butoh will feature prominently in the Asheville Butoh Festival. Performances by Sara Baird, Jenni Cockrell, Constance Humphries, and Julia Taylor will highlight this year’s anniversary show. Composers Elisa Faires and Meg Mulhearn will make spotlight appearances to accompany in the Local Color show.

Butoh originated in post-WWII Japan as an artistic reaction to the chaotic climate in the country following the war and the uneasy shift towards democratic values. Butoh dance is a postmodern movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of primal and idiosyncratic movements. Butoh was born from an amalgamation of influences including the German Expressionistic dances of Mary Wigman and Harold Kreutzberg, western writers Genet, Artaud and de Sade, and the artistic movements of Surrealism and Dada. Butoh uses the body brazenly, in its most corporeal state, as a battleground to attain personal, social, or political transformations. Butoh dance challenges convention and avoids definition in order to reveal the fervent beauty of the unique human spirit.

Dancer, choreographer, teacher, art director, Yumiko Yoshioka was born in Tokyo, and has been residing in Germany since 1988. In the early seventies and eighties, she was a member of the first women’s Butoh dance company, ARIADONE. In 1978, she performed with Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in Paris, in the first Butoh performance outside of Japan. She was also a member of tatoeba
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Besides international tours throughout Asia, Europe, Oceania and North /South America, Yumiko, in collaboration with delta RA’ i, directs eX…it !, Dance Exchange Research Project. Since 1995, more than 100 artists and dance students from all over the world have participated in this exciting festival of contemporary butoh.


Rikka Shimputai Sea Grapes 2016

We are pleased to announce that Emiko Suzuki and the WNC Japanese Culture Center will provide lovely ikebana arrangements that will be up for silent auction at every performance. These beautiful floral gifts will help to support the Asheville Butoh Festival as well as introduce Emiko and Japanese culture to Asheville audiences.

WNC Japanese Culture Center at 629 5th Avenue West in downtown Hendersonville, is a dream venue of Manabu and Emiko Suzuki who are originally from Japan. They wish to share their native culture by teaching Origami, Japanese songs, Ikebana (traditional flower arrangement) and the tea ceremony ritual. The center shows Japanese films and provides gallery space for art related to Japanese culture. Emiko is an advisor of Ikenobo Ikebana Society (Blue Ridge Chapter) and Ikebana International (Asheville Chapter.) Ikebana and the tea ceremony are traditional Japanese art forms whose ritual and aesthetic have been transferred generation by generation for more than 500 years in Japan. Emiko has been studying these traditions for over 30 years.

For more information or to register for classes contact Emiko Suzuki, director of WNCJCC at IkenoboHVL@gmail.com

A TECHNIQUE FOR BUTOH DANCE

PHOTO BY SANDEE JOHNSON

A TECHNIQUE FOR BUTOH DANCE    (6-week series) 

Taught by: Julie Becton Gillum

Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm, 2/15 – 3/21, 2016
Where: French Broad Studios, 475 Fletcher Martin Road
Cost: 6-session series is $100 OR $20 per session

Based on exercises and improvisations from Butoh training, Noguchi Gymnastics, and Modern Dance, this course aims to introduce a method for training and preparing the body to dance butoh. Classes will introduce, explore, and develop physical skills and anatomical theories of the body. Graham’s contract/ release theories, Humphrey /Limon’s concepts of fall /recover /rebound /suspend, Cunningham’s isolation and articulation practices, as well as Noguchi’s work with body as a water bag will provide material to assist in developing alignment, control of the center, and balance which are necessary for any dance or theatre performance. We will explore how to shape space through the timing and effort of our own creative energy, applying it in collaboration with gravity, and other physical forces. From the tiniest twitch to fully realized body forms and actions, the purpose of this work is to find the unique expression of your personal interior and exterior corporeal functions.

jbgbutoh@gmail.com
828 683 1377

Chicago Butoh Veteran Nicole LeGette Revisits Asheville

photograph of Nicole LeGette by Sage Solier

photograph of Nicole LeGette by Sage Solier

Asheville Butoh Festival and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre present

What:  Chicago Butoh Veteran Nicole LeGette  returns to Asheville to collaborate with dancers, teach workshops, present rare butoh films, and a Work-In-Progress showing.

Where: BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, downtown Asheville

When:     Sunday, November 8, 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Workshop with Nicole

Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 PM – Butoh film screening

Sunday, November 15, 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Workshop with Nicole

Tuesday, November 17, 8:00 PM – Butoh film screening

Saturday, November 21, 4:00 PM – Work-In-Progress showing

Cost:     Workshops: $50 for BOTH OR $30 for single workshop

Films: Donation to Asheville Butoh Festival

Work-In-Progress showing:  Donation to Asheville Butoh Festival

The Legacy Butoh and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre are proud to present the Midwest’s foremost butoh artist Nicole LeGette, to be in-residence in Asheville for the month of November. LeGette will be collaborating with local butoh dancers Julie Becton Gillum (Legacy Butoh), Sara Baird (Anemone), and Jenni Cockrell (strange daughters butoh) to create a new work to be premiered at the Asheville Butoh Festival April 7-10, 2016. On Saturday November 21, at 4:00 PM, a Work-In-Progress showing of the ongoing collaboration. This showing offers an opportunity to witness the “ma“ of butoh. The word “ma” in Japanese means the space and time between. The audience will witness the process of creation after conception and before performance.

LeGette’s accomplishments as resource, performer, teacher, curator, and producer will be employed for various activities during her time in Asheville. In addition to the creative collaboration, she will teach workshops and share rare butoh films with Asheville audiences. All events will take place at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, in downtown Asheville.

Butoh originated in post-WWII Japan as an artistic reaction to the chaotic climate in the country following the war and the uneasy shift towards democratic values. Butoh dance is a postmodern movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of primal and idiosyncratic movements. Butoh was born from an amalgamation of influences including the German expressionistic dances of Mary Wigman and Harold Krautzberg, western writers Genet, Artaud and de Sade, and the artistic movements of Surrealism and Dada. Butoh uses the body brazenly, in its most corporeal state, as a battleground to attain personal, social, or political transformations. Butoh dance challenges convention and avoids definition in order to reveal the fervent beauty of the unique human spirit.

LeGette’s FERTILE SOIL workshops will take place on consecutive Sundays, November 8 and 15, 1:00-4:00 PM. No prior experience in butoh, dance, or performing-arts is necessary. These workshops are appropriate for curious people who wish to explore and express through their bodies in both free-form and structured creative exercises. They are also suitable for performers and those wishing to thoroughly challenge themselves. Cost for one workshop is $30; you can take BOTH workshops for $50.

The workshop on November 8 entitled  ‘body, body, body, flesh” investigates different conceptions of the ‘body’ and how butoh training techniques push, pull and expand the very act of manifesting embodiment. On November 15 workshop participants will delve into the “Serious Play of Butoh.” In traversing butoh’s territory of the grotesque we will navigate the tricky terrain between silly and sublime, finding the best of butoh in the playfulness of the conjoined twindom: how to be deeply serious while at the same time equally inhabiting the opposite.

On Tuesdays November 10 and 17, at 8:00 PM, rare butoh videos drawn from Nicole LeGette’s private collection will be shown. We will gather to view and discuss the art of butoh dance. This is an opportunity to see some of the Japanese pioneers of butoh in their prime, as well as more contemporary butoh work. Suggested donation $5.

LeGette is no stranger to Asheville; she performed and taught a workshop for the 2012 Asheville Butoh Festival. In 2003, LeGette established “blushing poppy” production and performance company. Her performance – in ensemble, collaboration and solo – has been presented across the US, Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia. In Chicago, she hosts regional, national and international butoh artists through innovative events and partnerships.