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. Continue reading “11th Asheville Butoh Festival”

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

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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

Photo: Audrey Goforth photography – audreygoforthphotography.com

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.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1039337016132852/

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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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