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
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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”

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

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


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

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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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A Technique For Butoh Dance


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.

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.