12 Asheville Butoh Festival

Announcing the 12th Asheville Butoh Festival

Please join us for the Asheville Butoh Festival, now in its twelfth season!
October 25-28, 2018
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC 28801
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Asheville Butoh Festival Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 25, 8PM & Sunday, October 28, 7PM
“Black, White, Red and Other”, a solo retrospective by Julie Becton Gillum
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Friday/Saturday, October 26 and 27, 8PM
Seisaku and Yuri Nagaoko
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 1-5PM
Workshops by Seisaku and Yuri Nagaoko
$40 each

Seisaku and Yuri Nagaoko

Seisaku At age 19, Seisaku started learning Butoh under Tatsumi Hijikata. After Hijikata’s death, he joined the butoh group “Hakutobo” working with Yoko Ashikawa, touring and performing as a dancer both in Japan and internationally. Seisaku has developed his solo dance and group performances as well as directed and choreographed for many theatrical productions.

Yuri Nagaoka, born in Tokyo, began her ballet training at the age of ten. At twelve she joined Hiraoka Shiga Dance Company to learn modern ballet. She took interest in various forms of performing arts and saw many dance and theater performances, encountering Butoh in her late teens. Since then she has been active in creating and showing her own performance pieces, both in Japan and overseas. Yuri has performed and taught workshops in South Korea, Hungary, Poland, Germany, France, United States and Mexico. As an actress, Nagaoka participated in the film “Shureitachi,” directed by Masaki Iwana in 2004.

“Dance Medium” In 2005, Nagaoka founded butoh company “Dance Medium” and began working with Seisaku to create and perform group pieces. In 2012, Nagaoka and Seisaku were awarded a prize from Japan Dance Critics Association for the piece “Kaeru” (Coming Home)

“Black, White, Red and Other”
a solo retrospective by Julie Becton Gillum

Asheville Butoh Festival director, Julie Gillum will present “Black, White, Red and Other,” an evening of four solos, created over the last 17 years. Live accompaniment will be provided for two works by local composer Kimathi Moore and a yet to be named “Elvis” impersonator. Gillum’s butoh influenced work, illustrating both personal and universal themes of the human condition, has been performed at festivals in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Boulder, and Mexico. Love, shifting emotions, faith and sorrow, rendered through flesh and bone . . . the realm of butoh dance.

Dirt, dreams and death

Dirt, dreams and death
a evening of butoh solos

On May 4th and 5th Asheville Butoh Collective presents, Dirt, dreams and death, featuring solo works by ABC’s Jenni Cockrell, Julie Gillum and Constance Humphries.

When: May 4th and 5th, 2018, doors at 7:30, performance at 8PM
Where: Revolve, RAMP SOUTH Studio – 821 Riverside Dr. #179 Asheville, NC 28801
How Much: Tickets $15 @ dirt-dreams-death.bpt.me
More Infoashevillebutoh.com / revolveavl.org /
strangedaughtersbutoh.com / constancehumphries.com

Mound is an archetypal journey into feminine rites of passage, created and performed by Julie B. Gillum. Composer Ivan Seng will provide novel aurowave companionship in the form of an original soundscape for the piece.

Constance Humphries presents The Daydreamers’ Ball for Strange and Broken Things At the daydreamers’ ball, you can be set free…hush your talk and waltz with me. Two steps and four steps and down the hall, down at the daydreamers’ ball.

Jenni Cockrell/strange daughters butoh premieres arterial spirits, a reimagining of the character of Lady Macbeth exploring power, paradox, memory, love and loss.

11th Asheville Butoh Festival

(Advance, online ticket sales end 12 hours before each show/workshop. Tickets will be available at the door)
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Asheville Butoh and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre are honored to present the Asheville Butoh Festival April 20 – 23, now in it’s 11th year. The 2017 festival features international guest artists as well as local butoh artists. Continue reading “11th Asheville Butoh Festival”

10th Asheville Butoh Festival

Yumiko Yoshioka

The 10th Asheville Butoh Festival
April 7-10, 2016
BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC


Thursday/Friday, April 7th & 8th – 7:30 pm
Before The Dawn created and performed by Yumiko Yoshioka
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

*This event was generously funded by
Derek Dominy & Denise Carbonell @ The Cotton Mill Studios

Saturday/Sunday, April 9th & 10th – 1:00-5:00 pm
Workshops by Yumiko Yoshioka $40;  $75 for both

Saturday, April 9th – 7:30 pm
Local Color, 
Asheville’s own butoh crew: Sara Baird, Julie B Gillum,
Constance Humphries,
and Julia Taylor
With composers: Elisa Faires and Meghan Mulhearn
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Sunday, April 10th – 7:30 pm
strange daughters, an evening of solos by Jenni Cockrell 
General Admission $18, Students and Seniors $15

Reservations: BeBe Theatre 828 254 2621
Box Office hours: M – F, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Produced by Julie Gillum and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater

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Keiko Hashimoto

photography by Stanka Usha Tsonkova

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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"The Mona Lisa"

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.