Anemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh
in association with North Carolina Stage Company’s Catalyst Series present an evening of butoh dance
June 23, 24, 25 and June 30, July 1 & 2, 2011
7pm pre-show at 15 Stage Lane and 7:30 curtain
Anemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh, in association with North Carolina Stage Company’s Catalyst Series, present Yugen; an evening of butoh dance. The performance runs for two weekends – June 23, 24, 25 and June 30, July 1 & 2, 2011 at North Carolina Stage Company located at 15 Stage Lane Asheville, NC with a 7pm pre-show in Stage Lane and 7:30 curtain.
“Sara Baird, choreographer and Anemone Dance Theater’s artistic director, is Odysseus’s sea Siren, mesmerizing us with her spell of pure beauty.”- June Juilian, NY Arts Magazine
“Luscious” – Jennifer Dunning, New York Times
Sara Baird, artistic director of Anemone Dance Theater and Julie Becton Gillum, artistic director of Legacy Butoh premiere Yugen - an evening of experimental butoh dance. Sara Baird relocated her dance company Anemone Dance Theater from New York City and teamed up with Julie Becton Gillum of Asheville’s own Legacy Butoh two years ago. Yugen is the result of their unique artistic relationship.
Butoh originated in post-WWII Japan and is a postmodern movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of idiosyncratic movements. Butoh was born from many influences: the German expressionistic dances of Mary Wigman, western writers Genet, Artaud, and de Sade, and the artistic movements of Surrealism and Dada. Butoh uses the body brazenly to attain personal, social, or political transformations and to challenge convention to reveal the fervent beauty of the unique human spirit.
Joining Yugen are the talented and virtuosic performers John Crutchfield, Jenni Cockrell, and Julia Taylor with musicians Chandra Shukla, Elisa Faires, and Kimathi Moore. The “Procession of Bones” pre-show travels down Stage Lane while creating live music and dance from 7-7:30pm. Once inside, the performance unfolds like a dreamscape with each dance creating it’s own unique world; bizarre and beautiful – arresting and startling. Yugen refers to a concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics which means “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering.”
A butoh photography exhibit by Wesley Photography is on display in the lobby of North Carolina Stage Company in conjunction with the Yugen performances and received support from the North Carolina Arts Council – Regional Arts Program Grant, Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, and generous personal donors.
Press photos and additional information is located at www.anemonedance.org
Photo credits: Wesley Photography
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
Press Release for April Fools Butoh Festival
What? 3 BUTOH Performances
When? Friday & Saturday, April 1, 2, 2011 @ 7:30
Sunday April 3 @ 6:00 PM
Where? BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, downtown Asheville
Who? Seattle Dancers: Sheri Brown, Maureen “momo” Freehill
Local Dancers: Julie B. Gillum, Sara Baird, Megan Ransmeier,
Lucas Baumann, Andrew Braddock, Melissa McKee, Jenni Cockrell
How Much? In Advance – $15 (general), $10 (Seniors, Students)
At the Door – $17, $12
What? 3 BUTOH Workshops
When /Who? Saturday April 2, 1:00-4:00, Julie Gillum (Asheville)
Sunday April 3, 1:00-4:00, Sheri Brown (Seattle)
Monday April 4, 6:00-9:00 -“momo” Freehill (Seattle)
Where? BeBe Theatre, New Studio Of Dance,
20 Commerce Street, downtown Asheville
How Much? $50 per single workshop
$90 for all 3 workshops (9 hours!)
Get ready for the “APRIL FOOLS BUTOH FESTIVAL” Produced by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and Legacy Butoh, the festival will feature guest artists Sheri Brown and Maureen “momo” Freehill from the Seattle area as well as Asheville dancers in a smorgasbord of workshops and performances at the infamous BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville. Performances are Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2 at 7:30 PM with a Sunday April 3 show at 6:00 PM. For tickets or information, please check out our websites at http://www.acdt.org/ and http://www.ashevillebutoh.com/ or call 828 254 2621.
Butoh originated in post-WWII Japan as an artistic reaction to the chaotic climate in the country following the war and the uneasy shift towards democratic values. Butoh dance is a postmodern m movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of primal and idiosyncratic movements. Butoh was born from an amalgamation of influences including the German expressionistic dances of Mary Wigman and Harold Krautzberg, western writers such as Genet, Artaud and de Sade, and the artistic movements of Surrealism and Dada. Butoh uses the body brazenly, in its most corporeal state, as a battleground to attain personal, social, or political transformations. Butoh dance challenges convention and avoids definition in order to reveal the fervent beauty of the unique human spirit. The “APRIL FOOLS BUTOH FESTIVAL” gives the Asheville community a rare opportunity to see a broad spectrum butoh dance performed by seasoned professionals as well as emerging artists in the field.
Sheri Brown met butoh in 2000, after 11 years of theatre and street performance and never looked back. She has studied with butoh masters Katsura Kan, Diego Pinon, Akira Kasai, Natsu Nakajima, and Yoshito Ohno to name a few. Brown collaborates with artists from all disciplines and has received numerous grants and awards for her artistic work, both regionally in the NW and internationally. Brown serves as the Artistic & Programs Director of Seattle-based DAIPANbutoh (www.daipanbutoh.com), an organization dedicated to strengthening the presence of Butoh in the Northwest, through producing performances and workshops for and by local, regional and international artists. And when she has time she tours as a solo performer and teaches butoh workshops.
Brown will perform “Ainsi Soit-Il” (“Amen“) a solo incorporating aspects of mother, father, dreams, and the subconscious. “Ainsi Soit-Il” means “Amen” or “So be it” in French. “Rivers of Industry” is work-in-progress informed by butoh-fu (movement vocabulary) created by the Vangeline Theatre in NYC, recent travel to Bangkok, and collaborative fusion with Alan Sutherland from Seattle, and Asheville’s own Megan Ransmeier, “Rivers “ will be performed by Ransmeier and Andrew Braddock.
Performing Sunday only, Maureen “momo” Freehill, is Artistic Director of MomoButoh International Dance Company; based in Seattle area, with 30 years experience as performer, educator & director of body-based practice & performance. She holds an MFA from U of Hawaii & Certifications in Yoga, Hypnotherapy & Dance Therapy. Momo danced for 5 years with Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno in Japan. Momo will perform “Flower Child” about babies, bees and her New Haven child-hood memories of protests and socio-cultural experiments during the 60s and 70s. In addition, Freehill will be joined by Sheri Brown for a duet in Sunday’s performance ONLY.
For those of you who want to learn more about the delicious enigma that is BUTOH, there are three tasty workshops offered during “April Fools Butoh Festival.” On Saturday April 2, 1:00-4:00 PM, Julie B Gillum will offer material from her recent work in Japan with Seisaku, a Yoko Ashikawa disciple. Sheri Brown’s workshop, Sunday April 3, 1:00-4:00 PM will focus on searching for the eternal presence of pure force beyond the civilizations of Capitalism, Socialism, Westernization, and Modernization. On Monday April 4, 6:00-9:00 PM, Momo’s workshop incorporates Poetry, Visual Art, Music and Dance to evoke our soul’s deepest “Callings” toward an artful Life. All of these exciting workshops taught by professionals whose total combined years of experience falls just short of 100, can be had for the same price $90 . . . or $50 for a single workshop.
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)
part 1 – “Making The Jeezard”
location – in front of Asheville Art Museum at Pack Place
time – Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:45 PM
part 2 – “Tongues”
location – Pritchard Park
times – Friday, January 21, 2011, 5:30 PM & Saturday, January 22, 2011, 5:30 PM
part 3 – “Snakearl”
locations – Friday @ BeBe Theatre, Saturday @ Black Mountain College Museum
times – Friday, January 21, 2011, 7:15 & Saturday, January 22, 2011, 7:15 PM
part 4 – “End Of The Jeezard”
location – starting at 140-D Roberts Street and ending at 123 Roberts Street
time – 7:30 PM both nights
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, January 20, 21, 22, 23, 2011
This is the annual multi-day and multiple venue performing extravaganza that ask artists of all types of genres and media (theatre, movement, music, spoken word, puppetry, spectacle, whatever!) to push their own boundaries and presents original and innovative performance art to a culturally adventurous audience. Now in our ninth year, join us and explore the Fringe. Keeping the “We” in Weird for Asheville for nine years!
The festival opening night event will be at the Asheville Art Museum, Pack Place on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ARTmob will present Pecha Kucha Night. Pecha Kucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. The Pecha Kucha experience features a visual avalanche of images that are collected from many contributors, each image is shown for 20 seconds. Pecha Kucha is fast paced and entertaining. Tickets for this event are priced at $3 for Art Museum Members; $5 for Non-Members
Among the 2011 Fringe venues will be the official Fringe box office and headquarters, the BeBe Theatre on Commerce Street. Featured in the shows at the BeBe will be Brooklyn’s Mari Meade Dance Collective. Led by choreographer Mari Meade Montoya, the company will perform “questions and unfinished sentences” a multi-media movement exploration of people’s life questions. Also performing at the BeBe is Taryn Packheiser from Greensboro, Taryn be will performing a solo multi-media piece entitled “Stag Unassisted.” Also featured are funny and strange videos by Kathleen Hahn and beloved local comedy sketch group, the Feral Chihuahuas and a profound shadow puppet piece by Red Herring Puppets, Lisa Struz.
At the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center on Broadway Street, there will be audio arts, experimental music and performance art for 2 nights (January 21 and 22, 2011). Musicians and composers such as Vincent Wrenn and Elisa Faires will premiere and showcase new music and ambient sounds along with digital visual artist Jason Scott Furr’s multimedia explorations. Featured at BMCM+AC will be AV Dance from Richmond, VA, led by artistic director, Ashley Valo, AVDance will perform “Tailed II” a movement piece that explores clothing and improvisation. Also premiering is “The Next Dog King” a theatrical performance collaboration from Jim Julien and composer Chandra Sukula with veterinarian Dr. Mark Ledyard that focuses on a young dog’s rise to power within a dog pack. Amanda Levesque and Tom Kilby of Interweave will perform an unique improvisational movement piece.
In the River Arts District, local dance company Moving Women and artist Shelley Pereda are collaborating on an installation and movement piece. Fringe performances by Runaway Circus, butoh dance priestess Julie Becton Gillum and dancer Amy Hamilton will be featured in a studio in the Wedge Building. Also, performances by multimedia artists, Stina Andersen and Marston Blow along with exotic dance performance by Dima.
An addition to the performances over the weekend is Saturday Fringe Ed Classes at Terpsicorps Dance Studio in the Wedge Building on Roberts Street. Among the class offerings are an intense Master Class with Mari Mead Dance Collective and theatre improvisation class with local imrov master, Mondy Carter along with movement improvisation with Kathy Meyers of Moving Women.
Artist performance schedules are subject to change and acts of gods and humans.
The Asheville FringeArts Festival is an annual presentation of the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre.
The Asheville FringeArts Festival is recommended for mature audiences only.
Tickets for the individual shows at the BeBe Theatre, BMCM+AC and the River Arts District are $12.00, $10.00 students/seniors. An all-access Fringe Freak Pass is available for $25.00.
Individual show Tickets and Fringe Freak All Access Passes will be available in January, 2011 at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. Asheville, NC Box Office Phone; 828 254-2621
Find out more at www.ashevillefringe.org
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
work phone: 828-255-1900
Our Mission–“The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.”
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
Here is the info about my upcoming workshop. Please let your friends know about this opportunity and feel free to contact me with any questions you have. Hope you can come!
What: Butoh Dance Workshop
When: Saturday, November 21, 1:00 – 4:00
Where: Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College
Who: Taught by Julie Becton Gillum
Cost: $30.00 (FREE FOR WWC STUDENTS)
Contact: Julie Becton Gillum, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
“Create the form and the soul will follow.” Tatsumi Hijikata (founder of butoh)
“Follow your heart and the form will reveal itself.” Kazuo Ohno (founder of butoh)
Butoh History: Originating in post WWII Japan, Butoh dance is a postmodern movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of primal and idiosyncratic styles that transform the human body and allow raw physical energy to come into being. Butoh has revolutionized what dance is and can be. It ‘s influence on today’s dance world equals that of Martha Graham or Merce Cunningham. Butoh is an attempt to create new forms of movement and expression. Butoh uses the body brazenly, in its most corporal state, as a battleground to attain personal, social, or political transformation. It searches for the dance that pushes buttons, steps on toes and slips between the cracks of definition in order to reveal the fervent beauty of the unique human spirit.
Biography of Julie Becton Gillum: Julie Gillum has been creating, performing and teaching dance in the US and internationally for over 40 years. She currently teaches modern dance, musical theatre, performance art and butoh at Warren Wilson College. Gillum’s 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 and Mexico. Gillum was awarded the 2008-09 NC Choreography Fellowship and used the funds to go to Japan this past summer to study butoh at the source.
During her three month stay in Japan, Gillum studied primarily with Yoshito Ohno, son of Kazuo Ohno. She also studied extensively with Natsu Nakajima, a disciple of Hijikata during the early days of butoh. In addition she took weekly classes with Seisaku, who danced with Yoko Ashikawa, Hijikata’s first female dancer. Gillum also took intensive workshops and performed with internationally renowned butoh companies, Dairakudakan and Sankai Juku. The November workshop will delve into new material she learned in Japan this past summer.
This is officially my last week in Japan. When I first arrived this seemed like a very foreign place. Now that I have been here for a while and contemplating a return to the good ole US of A, Japan feel like home and the US seems like some alien world full of ghosts and strangers.
I hope that is not the case! I really do look forward to getting back to being an artist and disseminating the inspiration I have received here. I feel like a sponge that has soaked up all it can and needs to be wrung out. Well not really wrung out just squeezed gently!
I have gained so much from this experience. The workshops, classes and performances have been at the core, and through the butoh connection I have met fascinating new friends, been inspired by brilliant teachers, luxuriated in exquisite performance and even had time to enjoy a few amazing sights along the way.
I feel I have only touched the surface of the butoh opportunities that are here — I am just now getting into the loop of finding out about performances, classes and workshops. So many teachers, performers and artists struggling to survive and even succeed. Butoh is alive and well in Japan; it just lives underground, on the fringe, along the edges, beneath the suface where you have to dig to find it. I am glad I brought my shovel, but mostly I used my hands and feet. My fingernails are pretty dirty from the effort but I will use that grime as fodder for new growth in my home community and beyond.
I visited with Kazuo Ohno again last night. My friend Nathan left a bouquet of lillies on Kazuo’s chest when we left. This beautiful image made me cry. He was so peaceful last evening, not like the last time — Yoshito was with us and seemed to stir him up. Kazuo was singing and dancing — in his way, with the feeding tube in his nose, his beautiful hands drawn up to his chest, his glowing skin vibrating with love and life — what dance is he doing now?