REVIEW OF “WOMEN OF BUTOH” – 9TH ASHEVILLE BUTOH FESTIVAL

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.

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8th ASHEVILLE BUTOH FESTIVAL

Keiko Hashimoto

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.

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