Critic Mark Holborn has written that Butoh is defined by its very evasion of definition. A dance art form that started and developed in Japan after World War II, allegedly in response to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Butoh has spread to the United States and overseas, and continues to defy simple categorization. Unlike Hip Hop that also began as an underground movement but got quickly co-opted by corporate interest Concerts and molded for mass consumption, Butoh has remained true to its subversive roots. I recently witnessed what was described as a ‘Butoh-inspired’ performance in Seattle where Butoh has captured a following among a dedicated group of artists that have been evolving the form since the 90s.
The Asheville Butoh Festival will host three exciting workshops by butoh artists: Vanessa Skantz of Danse Perdue from Seattle, Chicago dancer Nicole LeGette of Blushing Poppy Productions, and Monika Gross, a recent transplant to Asheville from NYC. Classes are open to all – no previous dance or butoh experience required. All workshops are $25 if registered before June 15; $30 on the day of the workshop.
What: Asheville Butoh Festival presents an evening of butoh inspired films by video artists: Lucas Baumann, Peter Brezny, Rainer Doost, and Megan Ransmeier.
When: June 13, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
Where: Black Mountain College Museum, 56 Broadway, Asheville
Adventurous audiences are in for a treat! The ASHEVILLE BUTOH FESTIVAL, produced by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and Legacy Butoh will bring provocative performances and engaging workshops by prominent American butoh artists from Chicago and Seattle as well as works by local professional dancers. Chicago-based artist Nicole LeGette (Blushing Poppy) as well as Vanessa Skantze and Alex Ruhe (Danse Perdue) in Seattle will be featured. Both companies are celebrating their 10th anniversaries this year. The BeBe Theatre at 20 Commerce Street will host performances at 8:00 PM Thursday through Sunday, June 14 – 18. Cost for these shows is $15 (in advance) for general audiences and $10 for Seniors and Students; at the door, tickets are $17 and $12 respectively. Continue reading “Asheville Butoh Festival 2012”
Anemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh
in association with North Carolina Stage Company’s Catalyst Series present an evening of butoh dance
This is to let you know about a very exciting upcoming event in the Asheville arts community. In light of recent disasters such as in Japan, Haiti, and Pakistan, a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to The Red Cross and Doctors without Borders. Hope you can participate.
Julie Becton Gillum
It’s time to get fringey again. I am also including some performance events outside of the itinerary listed. Hope you can make it out for the festivities.
title: “The Jeezard Medicine Shows”
created by Julie Becton Gillum in collaboration with Sara Baird and Andrew Braddock
performers: Julie Becton Gillum, Andrew Braddock, Lucas Baumann (part 3)
Julie has been invited to perform in the first annual Boulder Butoh Festival. Here is the link:
Check it out.
When: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Where: 104 Flint Street, Asheville
Come enjoy live performances with dancers and musicians Julie Becton Gillum, Erik Moellering, Julia Taylor, Elisa Faires, and Chandra Shukla
Join us for a glass of wine and live music and dance in the gardens. Suggested donation is $20/pay what you can.
All proceeds benefit Anemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh for the production of Yugen at the NC Stage Company’s Catalyst Series June 23-July 2 2011.
Please bring your friends. We hope you will join us!
Call Sara Baird/Anemone Dance Theater with any questions, 646.522-2518.
More information: www.anemonedance.org www.ashevillebutoh.com