Butoh @ the Asheville Fringe Festival

Butoh @ the Asheville Fringe Festival

Don’t miss these butoh performances and a workshop at this year’s Asheville Fringe Festival.

Double Feature: nothing and The Beautiful Us 
January 25th @ 7pm and January 27 @4pm
Static Age Records, 110 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
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Jenni Cockrell/strange daughters butoh
Jenni Cockrell’s unconventional reframing of the women of Shakespeare continues with a new Butoh solo, nothing, delving into the daughters of King Lear. Turning the story inside out, this experimental dance piece inquires about love, loyalty, forgiveness and sacrifice.

Jenni Cockrell of strange daughters butoh is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of butoh and modern dance. She has created and performed her own work in addition to that of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, Moving Women, Legacy Butoh and Anemone Dance Theater, and has regularly performed in the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. She received her M.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from UNC Greensboro in 2002. (strangedaughtersbutoh.com)

The Beautiful Us

Constance Humphries presents an excerpt of a work in progress, The Beautiful Us, which premieres at the 13th Asheville Butoh Festival. The piece addresses issues of the body, love and trust through the lens of liminality.

Constance Humphries has been making, performing and teaching live performance internationally since 1987. Her creative practice is based on investigations via butoh dance. She holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Asheville. Recent projects include the Just Gather Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK , Help! at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK and a residency at Experimental Studios, Newcastle, UK.  (constancehumphries.com)

Twisted From Constantly Watching Doves

New dance/butoh by New York based dancer/choreographers Zack Fuller and Emily Smith, two amorphous and shape shifting entities on a cryptic journey through glimpses of fractured fairy tales and twisted memories. Alternately tender and violent, grotesque and beautiful, with elements of punk and European Clown, in collaboration with the sonic complexities of multi-dimensional percussionist Michael Evans.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
ZaPow Gallery, Asheville NC
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4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
ZaPow Gallery, Asheville NC
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Artist Workshop – Improvisation into Performance
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Magnetic 375, Asheville NC
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Zack Fuller grew up playing in the forests, streams and meadows of Fairfax County Virginia. As a youth he trained in gymnastics and equestrian vaulting, and studied psycho-physical approaches to acting with Tom Lane, co-founder of The Washington Theatre Lab. In 1985 he joined the post-punk psychedelic metal band Scythian as lead singer, sharing stages with groups such as Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, and Pussy Galore. In 1988, he took a series of workshops with Ryszard Cieslak of the Polish Laboratory Theatre of Jerzy Grotowski, joined Cieslak for theatrical experimentation in Athens Greece, and participated in a year-long theatrical research into Shakespeare’s The Tempest grounded in the work of Cieslak/Grotowski at La Mama ETC after Cieslak’s death in 1990. Eventually he came to focus on dance, training in  contact improvisation, capoeira, and ballet; and working with dancer/choreographers such as Eiko and Koma and Poppo Shiraishi. During this time he began developing a practice of solo dance shaped by his interests in clown, silent film, and esoteric spirituality, as well as the work of certain avant-garde Japanese dance artists associated with the butoh movement.  In 1997 he was cast in Min Tanaka and Susan Sontag’s Poe Project: Stormy Membrane, and went on to perform and train with Tanaka over the next few years throughout Japan, Europe and the U.S. Zack Fuller’s original dance works have been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, Leimay/CAVE’s New York Butoh Festival, Plan B in Tokyo, Mobius in Boston, The Dance Hakushu Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, St. Thomas College in Thrissur India, and elsewhere. His collaborators including cutting edge musicians susch as Keiji Haino, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jonathan Wood Vincent, Booker Stardrum, Kat Hernandez, Michael Evans, David Grollman, Kenta Nagai. His latest series of dances: Twisted from Constantly Watching Doves, is a collaboration with dancer/choreographer Emily Smith.

Tethered: An Evening in Two Parts

Tethered: An Evening in Two Parts

Friday, June 22, 2018, 9:00 PM 10:30 PM
821 Riverside Drive Asheville, NC, 28801
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MAP/REVOLVE presents a two-part program of performance, sound, and video from some of the area’s most interesting innovators, including Asheville Butoh Collective’s Julie Gillum of Legacy Butoh as well as Derek Dominy and Richard Brewster (sound), Denise Carbonell (costume) and Geo Sims (visuals)

Dirt, dreams and death

Dirt, dreams and death
a evening of butoh solos

On May 4th and 5th Asheville Butoh Collective presents, Dirt, dreams and death, featuring solo works by ABC’s Jenni Cockrell, Julie Gillum and Constance Humphries.

When: May 4th and 5th, 2018, doors at 7:30, performance at 8PM
Where: Revolve, RAMP SOUTH Studio – 821 Riverside Dr. #179 Asheville, NC 28801
How Much: Tickets $15 @ dirt-dreams-death.bpt.me
More Infoashevillebutoh.com / revolveavl.org /
strangedaughtersbutoh.com / constancehumphries.com

Mound is an archetypal journey into feminine rites of passage, created and performed by Julie B. Gillum. Composer Ivan Seng will provide novel aurowave companionship in the form of an original soundscape for the piece.

Constance Humphries presents The Daydreamers’ Ball for Strange and Broken Things At the daydreamers’ ball, you can be set free…hush your talk and waltz with me. Two steps and four steps and down the hall, down at the daydreamers’ ball.

Jenni Cockrell/strange daughters butoh premieres arterial spirits, a reimagining of the character of Lady Macbeth exploring power, paradox, memory, love and loss.

Women’s Work

Women’s Work
A weekend of original contemporary works by female choreographers

On March 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and Kathleen Meyers Leinerhost, Women’s Work, a weekend of original contemporary works by female choreographers. The March, event, celebrating Women’s History Month, offers two program options and workshops with guest Anabella Lenzu and local Asheville choreographers.

When: March 2, 3, 4, 2018
Who: Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and Kathleen Meyers Leiner host guest artist Anabella Lenzu and Asheville Choreographers
What: Women’s Work, a weekend of original contemporary works by female choreographers. (Performances and Workshops FridaySaturday, and Sunday)
Where: BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, 828-254-2621
How Much: Tickets $18 adults and $15 for students with discounts for multiple shows and workshops. Two Shows $27, two performances + 1 workshop $40, one workshop and performance $30
To purchase tickets,  please call 828-54-2621

Friday, March 2nd & SaturdayMarch 3rd, 7:30 pm
NYC Guest Choreographer Anabella Lenzu presents “No more Beautiful dances.”
AVL Local Choreographer Kathy Leiner presents “Open-ended.”

Sunday, March 4th, 6:00 pm
AVL choreographers: Asheville Butoh Collective (Jenni Cockrell, Julie Becton Gillum, Constance Humphries), Shari Azar, Susan Collard, Sharon Cooper, Michele Hower, Elizabeth Huntley, Melissa Wilhoit, and Connie Schrader

For tickets please call 828-54-2621
More info: acdt.org

PERFORMANCE: Aspects of Butoh

PERFORMANCE: Aspects of Butoh

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
69 Broadway

Thursday, December 7, 7pm

Aspects of Butoh

Presented in collaboration with the Asheville Butoh Collective, this evening includes dance performances, investigations, improvisations, and dialogue about the Butoh dance form. The Asheville Butoh Collective (Jenni Cockrell, Julie Becton Gillum, and Constance Humphries) will share excerpts from new works as well as offer a brief history and overview of Butoh, followed by an exploration of three topics: force, time (ma) & space, and senses. Dance demonstrations will give clarity to these guiding principles of Butoh.

$5 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $10 non-members

More info: www.blackmountaincollege.org/aspects-of-butoh/

2018 Season Fundraiser

2018 Season Fundraiser

Join us for sushi, sake, and a special live performance at The Revolve Project Space on November 3rd from 6-8pm.

The Asheville Butoh Collective and Revolve present ABC’s Dirt, Dreams and Death, an evening of solo works by Julie Gillum, Jenni Cockrell and Constance Humphries. Two evening length shows are scheduled April 20-21, 2018 at RAMP Studios South in Asheville’s River Arts District. Please support the creation of this work.
Additionally, in the fall of 2018, ABC and ACDT will present the 12th Asheville Butoh Festival. Seisaku and Yuri Nagaoko are coming from Tokyo!
We look forward to seeing you on November 3rd to share the excitement.
If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation via Indiegogo
Revolve @ RAMP SOUTH
located 821 Riverside Dr. #179
Asheville, NC 28801
RAMP’s warehouse buildings are located directly across the street from Asheville Community Movement on Riverside Drive
Turn and enter between the north and south buildings. There is ample parking behind the RAMP NORTH building.

Fringe Night at the Crow & Quill – Butoh Edition


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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