Produced by Legacy Butoh and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
September 2014 Asheville, NC
Written By Ken Fitch
On first alert, one might not expect to come upon a festival celebrating the Japanese avant garde performance art of Butoh in the foothills of Western North Carolina, but for 9 years, Asheville has hosted such a gathering of these highly disciplined, committed artists in a performance form that, despite what some might expect from its exotic name and descriptive terminology, provides a most intense and accessible experience that communicates on deeper, basic existential levels that dispel any preconceptions through its fascinating presentation of precise and intense movement that generates its own realm of human experience.
TIME OUT CHICAGO
“BEST DANCE VISITS 2011”-
NEW YORK TIMES
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“VANGELINE MOVES WITH THE CLOCKWORK DELIBERATION OF A PRACTICED JAPANESE BUTOH ARTIST”
Asheville dance companies Anemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh will collaborate to host acclaimed Butoh artist and choreographer Vanessa Skantze for an artist residency in Asheville the week of August 5-12.
WHAT: Butoh Dance Workshop with Nicole LeGette (No Experience Necessary)
WHEN: Friday April 25, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
WHERE: Bryson Gym, on the campus of Warren Wilson College at North entrance <http://www.warren-wilson.edu/external_index.php>
COST: FREE to WWC students; Students with ID – $5; Adults and Seniors – $10-25 (sliding scale)
Have a peek at one of the pieces from the Asheville Butoh Festival
*ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE TAUGHT AT THE
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street
This years festival will offer four exciting workshops for you to really get yourself satiated with the expressive art of butoh. Each workshop is designed for all levels of experience so spring into action and bring butoh into your body and life.
photography by Stanka Usha Tsonkova
8TH ASHEVILLE BUTOH FESTIVAL
Legacy Butoh, in partnership with the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, will present the 8th Asheville Butoh Festival on Thursday, April 25 through Monday, April 29 at the BeBe Theatre and other venues in downtown Asheville. The Festival, under the artistic direction of Julie Becton Gillum, will feature both local and international dancers and will include ticketed performances and workshops, along with several free outdoor events.
Come to our regular butoh practice led by Julie Becton Gillum and other practitioners of the form.
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 AM,
Place: BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, downtown Asheville
For Info: [email protected] or 828 683-1377