Here are 6 Great Places to See Butoh in Fall 2015 in New York City.
1) LEIMAY’s "Thresholds II" and "In Illo Tempore Vignettes"
Using dance, theater, music, and light at sunset, LEIMAY explores the fragility and resilience of life through a dance of rising and falling in "Thresholds II". In “In Illo Tempore Vignettes” characters are captured suspended in time to reveal what it seems to be eternity or what might be considered as eternity.
While Leimay doesn’t call itself butoh, their work is always highly influenced by the form, including the teachings of the late Ko Murobushi, one of the most famous 2nd generation butoh masters from Japan. - Jordan
2) Butoh Medea at the United Solo Festival
Using the Japanese dance form Butoh and an adapted text, Yokko brings the spirit of Medea to life. This fusion of Eastern dance and Western drama puts the audience inside Medea’s dark and desperate struggle. Trapped in the underworld, she is forever cursed to relive her tragic journey through love, hate, and ultimate loss.
Featuring The Ume Group’s very own Yokko, with Choreography by Producing Artistic Director, Jordan Rosin.
3) Get the Poison Out!: A Cleansing Ritual: An Evening of Improvisational Butoh Dance and Experimental Music!
Butoh & Music Performances by...
- Chris Carlone (Dance) with live prepared guitar by Nick Didkovsky (Dr. Nerve/Vomit Fist)
- Representative I (Hudson, New York Butoh - Jennie Portney, Nurya Chana, Destefano Bedi DeLuise) Guitar by Nate Smallwood
- Lillian Rosetti (Dance) with live music by Gao Jiafeng
- Leah Marie Beltran (Dance) Lauren Sky (Music)
- Margherita Tisato & Beatrice Von Rague Shleyer (Dance) with live music by Greem Jellyfish
Some of our closest friends and collaborators!!! Come support their work. - Jordan
4) Jordan and The Human: The Rebirth of the Body
In homage to Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of butoh, Jordan Rosin (Producing Artistic Director, The Ume Group) invokes the spirit of his grandfather James Bonneau and the very words he used to tell his most poignant stories from WWII. Drawing on clown, PopAction, dramatic acrobatics, and butoh dance, Jordan invites us on a journey into memory and the deeply disenfranchised condition of the modern human body.
My first-ever full-length solo show! Come check it out. - Jordan
5) Umusuna: Memories Before History
Sankai Juku at BAM’s 2015 Next Wave Festival
Choreography, concept, and direction by Ushio Amagatsu
On a stage dusted with sand, androgynous talc-covered bodies—with heads shaved and corsets cinched—trace graceful arcs through the grains, inscribing time. They are Sankai Juku, the incomparable Japanese dance troupe, who return to BAM for the first time in almost a decade. Typifying the Butoh tradition, which was born from the ashes of Hiroshima, Umusuna: Memories Before History probes the ravages of history to recover our original bond with the four elements. Gnarled hands, craned necks, and gaping mouths fold into a meditative procession of centered, impeccably controlled movement from which an austere beauty emerges.
Sankai Juku is a legend among butoh companies and not-to-be missed! Some of my first exposure to butoh was seeing videos of theirs online. I'm looking forward to this, my first chance at seeing them live in-person. - Jordan
6) The Ume Group’s Halloween Party
Butoh dance, bands, dancing, performances, games, drinks, and more!
Come celebrate the holiday in style. Featuring performances by The Ume Group PLUS special guests, TBA.
An awesome party to raise money for our 5-Year Anniversary NY Season at the Irondale Center in August 2016.
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