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
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
The Invisible Wind: Awakening the Body Instrument Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Time: 1-5 PM Where: 475 Fletcher Martin Road, Alexander, NC 28701 Cost: $25 by November 1 / $30 after November 1 or at the door. Tickets: vanessabutohworkshop.brownpapertickets.com Questions: email@example.com More info: ashevillebutoh.com
“To translate the invisible wind through the water it sculpts in passing”. (Robert Bresson)
Awaken the body instrument with a Butoh dance workshop conducted by Vanessa Skantze. She will utilize myriad structural, energetic and visualization practices designed to deepen the awareness of the body as instrument. We will explore developing the interior realm of rhythm and vibration as a means of expanding the range of the instrument beyond image. A particular focus will be to develop strategies toward deep listening and improvisational work with sound artists; Vanessa is a seasoned improviser and considers this to be the central river of her dance performance work. Live music created by Elisa Faires will accompany the workshop.
“Butoh is a corpse standing straight up in a desperate bid for life” (Tatsumi Hijikata)
Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance from Seattle. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She co-founded New Orleans sound/movement ensemble Death Posture in 2002, and collaborates with many renowned musicians including Jarboe and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Skantze has trained with Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi since 2003, and performed with him in the U.S. and Europe. Since coming to Seattle in 2004 she has created numerous ensemble works under the name Danse Perdue as well as solo pieces. In 2013 she taught as part of Lydia Lunch’s Post-Catastrophe Collaborative. In 2016 she was a movement director and performer for a production of Henry V with Freehold Engaged Theater, which tours correctional facilities in the Seattle area. She returned as movement director for the 2017 production of Hamlet; and is a teaching artist with Freehold in the women’s correctional facility. She is a co-founder of Teatro de la Psychomachia, a performance space in Seattle that hosts many local, national and international sound and movement artists.
“The title reflects the space of the unknown that improvisation inhabits; also the deep listening, trust and communion that the individual performers are bringing to that space of convergence.”
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. Continue reading “11th Asheville Butoh Festival”
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
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
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.