Asheville Butoh Collective Fundraiser

Asheville Butoh Collective Fundraiser

Please join us for sushi, sake and live performances by Asheville Butoh Collective
at The BeBe Theatre, February 24 from 5-7pm to support the 13th Asheville Butoh Festival$10 at the door.

The Asheville Butoh Collective and ACDT will present ABC’s 13th Asheville Butoh Festival, featuring two weekends of butoh performances and workshops with Mari Osanai and Yuko Kaseki in April/May, 2019. Asheville Butoh Collective’s Jenni Cockrell and Constance Humphries will premiere evening-length shows as well. Please support the creation and production of this work at our 2019 Spring Fundraiser.

We look forward to seeing you on February 24th, 5-7pm at The BeBe Theatreto share the excitement. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation onlineDonations are tax deductible. All amounts are helpful to produce the festival.

For more information:
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BeBe Theatre
20 Commerce St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Fundraiser Performances

Jenni Cockrell/strange daughters butoh will be performing an excerpt from her exploration of women in Shakespeare.

Jenni Cockrell of strange daughters butoh is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of butoh and modern dance. She has created and performed her own work in addition to that of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, Moving Women, Legacy Butoh and Anemone Dance Theater, and has regularly performed in the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. She received her M.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from UNC Greensboro in 2002. (

Julie Gillum presents a work based on the Dogon concept of how matter forms. Point, circle, mound, cluster and spiral develop and mutate. Her RH negative blood is an example of this metamorphoses. (

(Photo by Caren Harris)

Constance Humphries presents an excerpt of a work in progress, The Beautiful Us, which addresses issues of the body, love and trust through the lens of liminality.

Constance Humphries has been making, performing and teaching live performance internationally since 1987. Her creative practice is based on investigations via butoh dance. She holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Asheville. Recent projects include the Just Gather Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK , Help! at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK and a residency at Experimental Studios, Newcastle, UK.  (

13th Asheville Butoh Festival Guest Artists

Yuko Kaseki is director, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performance artist, improviser and teacher, based in Berlin. She teaches and performs in solo and ensemble pieces and improvisations through out 26 countries. These works are poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, performance and live art. Her performance aims to reflect the outsider’s existence. Various International collaborations include inkBoat (SF), Tableau Stations (SF), CAVE (NY), Poema Theatre (Moscow), Salad Theater (Seoul) and more. She is also a key collaborator with mixed ability artists including Theater Thikwa (Berlin).

Dancer, choreographer, teacher Mari Osanai has performed and taught in Japan, Canada, USA, Greece and Germany. Her workshops focus on Noguchi Taiso combined with the influences of her early training in Tai Chi, western dance methods, traditional folk dance in Aomori, Japan (her birthplace), and the connection between one’s thoughts and sensation of weight. Osanai’s approach to movement research and exploration begins with a heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and the body’s connection with the center of the earth.