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.

butoh poems by bronwyn preece: julie becton gillum’s five-day workshop

butoh poems by bronwyn preece: julie becton gillum’s five-day workshop

Bronwyn Preece took Julie Gillum’s workshop in Merida and used her words in both english and spanish. They will be included in a new publication, The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

january 2017


i am
the eyes
the room :
in the
bag of the
cuerpo :
the tension
of flexible
wires in
joints, the
hinges of
the peel
of the
the vocabulario
of stillness
in speed,
the music of
animals :
the impulse
of clay, the
of contact,
the sculptor
as/of group
in interchange :
by an outside/
[inside] force
other than my/
our will.
we are
the introductory
translation of
the músculo
of butoh


i am
the mad
tail to
and wave,
the marioneta
of the
floor –
the sagittal
of noguchi :
a gymnastics
of smoke &
shadow :
the aire
of creating
form with
the soul
form reveals
itself :
the presence
of presence
becoming :
exploring the
edges of our
lives and
life at and
on the


i am
infinity :
a símbolo
ridden through
history : a
body bag
of currents,
elements :
shocking :
never neutral :
big, vulnerable
in an ocean
full of
in a sea of
happy fish,
i am the
upstream :
butoh my
política :
through our/
my mask the


i am
the butoh
in these days
and dances
of darkness,
we are both
life and
death, in a
where time
can move
both forward
and back,
i discover the
world with
fresh ojos,
taking baby
steps, into
the mud of our
cultura, i
crawl towards
flowers – the
desiccation and
the blossoms,
through resistance
and partnership, i/
we find the
semilla of our


I am
the fuera
in my
the whole
with my body –
one that
will never
be trumped…
as i, along
with these
‘strange little
ladies and
smell the
flowers on
our chests —
our hearts –
as we
through the
inauguration ,
we gender –
bend, and
the dualities,
our imposed
fronteras ,
our walls :
We become
The anti-
stamp, in
our quiet
revolt, we
are earth ,
who never
need(s) to
show the
Soles of
connected feet …

© 2017 bronwyn preece

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

Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement) with Mari Osanai

Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement)
with Mari Osanai

Don’t miss this AMAZING opportunity to study with Mari. She is a rare and beautiful teacher!!
Early Registration Pricing through February 15th.

What: 4-Day Intensive Workshop in Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement)
Who: Mari Osanai – Master Teacher
DatesThursday thru Sunday, March 8-11, 2018
Times: Th/Fr: 6-9PM, Sa/Su: 1-6PM
Where: New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC
CostThursday and Friday $40 each (After Feb 15th $45/each day) / Saturday and Sunday $80 each (After Feb 15th $85/each day) / Full Workshop $225 (After Feb 15th – $240)

Noguchi Taiso physical training technique was founded in Japan by Michizo Noguchi. This introductory workshop will help you find new ways to improve your movement efficiency, while letting go of unnecessary tensions. Mari explains “it’s not about strength or resistance, or forcing the body to move in a certain way. Instead, it allows the body to melt. It is tender and flexible, and lets us give in to gravity rather than fight it. Noguchi Taiso allows us to find a more natural way to move.

A quote by founder Michizo Noguchi:
“I define Noguchi Taiso as a creation of one’s new self as nature within us. Noguchi Taiso draws from a natural force that exists in our body and that is expressed through and with the natural materials that our bodies are made of. Taiso = Gymnastics is a way of exploring HUMANITY. My whole being is laboratory (atelier), research material (canvas) and scholar (artist).”

Dancer, choreographer, teacher Mari Osanai has performed and taught in Japan, Canada, USA, Greece and Germany. Her workshops focus on Noguchi Taiso combined with the influences of her early training in Tai Chi, western dance methods, traditional folk dance in Aomori, Japan (her birthplace), and the connection between one’s thoughts and sensation of weight. Osanai’s approach to movement research and exploration begins with a heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and the body’s connection with the center of the earth.

Exercises in the workshop train the body to embrace its weight and heighten its sensitivity to move from its most relaxed and receptive state. Starting with images, such as washing the body with water, air, sunlight, workshop participants will discover the body’s vital energies rooted in its inherent hydrodynamics. Movement and form result as participants ingest imagery inside their bodies and allow the changes to shift the body’s interior.

Noguchi Taiso training can benefit dancers, actors, somatics practitioners, anyone interested in expanding body awareness and capacity. Workshops are designed for all levels and complete beginners are welcome.

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.

Performance and Butoh Workshop with Vanessa Skantze

Threshold Embrace: a performance
by Vanessa Skantze and Tashi Dorji

Performance Date: Friday November 10th, 2017
Time: 7pm
Tickets and more information

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.
Questions: jbgbutoh@gmail.com
More infoashevillebutoh.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.”
(Vanessa Skantze)

11th Asheville Butoh Festival

(Advance, online ticket sales end 12 hours before each show/workshop. Tickets will be available at the door)
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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. Continue reading “11th Asheville Butoh Festival”