UNFIX NYC - A New Festival of Performance & Ecology
UNFIX is a multi-art form event fusing live performance, dance, installation, workshops and debate in a bid to unravel the knots in how we're living. Ecological crisis and renewal addressed through our bodies and physical sense of being alive.
This New York City version is the first collaboration between UNFIX and Ren Gyo Soh, which the two groups hope to make an annual event. We want to simultaneously celebrate and question our relationship to each other, to the planet on which we live, to our own imaginations and the structures that mould us in this time of ecological crisis.
This year Ren Gyo Soh, a Butoh-based theatre company in NYC celebrates its 2nd anniversary, and is using the opportunity to present UNFIX as a bridge between performance and ecology (or artists and the Earth on which they work). Our program will include live performances, installations, workshops, and yoga with live music.
*UNFIX NYC is presented by Ren Gyo Soh, sponsored by The Ume Group and Grace & St. Paul Church.
Day 1 - Friday, April 29th 6-9pm: Ren Gyo Soh Spring Workshop (Register here.)
Day 2 - Saturday, April 30th 7-10pm: Performance / Installation / Discussion (Buy tickets here.)
Day 3 - Sunday, May 1st, 2pm - 3:30pm: Yoga with Live music, meditation - sending a prayer to the planet (Register here.)
Detailed Festival Schedule
A butoh-based ritual movement workshop for all ages & abilities.
DAY 2 PROGRAMME: April 30, 7pm-10pm PERFORMANCE / INSTALLATION / DISCUSSION
- Performances by:
- The Ume Group (Physical Theatre Company)
- Kevin Augustin (puppet)
- Leah Marie Beltran (Butoh/Contemporary Dance)
- Bob Lyness (Butoh)
- Jonathan Kopp (Butoh)
- Ren Gyo Soh (Butoh based performing arts company)
- Installation work:
- Collaboration between Ren Gyo Soh & Vanessa Teran
- Art work by Vanessa Teran
- Discussion on Butoh and Ecology
Day 3 PROGRAMME: Sunday, May 1st, 2pm - 3:30pm: Yoga with Live music & meditation - sending a prayer to the planet
- Guest Musician: Timothy Rusterholz (cellist)
More About UNFIX
Why have a festival of Performance and Ecology?
The festival theme aims to identify an untapped resource for artists: Ecology is perhaps the grand theme of our times, uniting issues of climate change, sustainability, political independence / interdependence, and the various flows of ageing and death, economics, culture and emotion.
Rather than restricting ourselves to ‘environmental art’, UNFIX takes a broad definition of the term and includes ecologies of Imagination (the connections between the ideas, myths, dreams and archetypes we live by), Politics, Environment, Soul and Mental Health (the ecology of the individual psyche and questions of balance and happiness; ecologies of emotion and the forces of love, conflict, anger, shame).
This wide net is intended as an offer to artists to find methods of rethinking human inter-relationships and environmental approaches through our bodies and physical sense of living, both in daily life and the concentrated forums of performance and culture.
UNFIX is conceived as an act of love, a bear hug to the world, a prayer of sorts. As humans we don’t have to ‘work hard’ and ‘earn a living’; we already have one by virtue of being alive. The question is how to engage with it. How we can love each other more, and stop killing the planet?
We can no longer pretend to be separate from one another.
I share deeply the point of view Unfix Festival is pushing. I believe we can do something about the direction our species is traveling in through arts. The world we see is a reflection of our mind.
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Kazuo Ono
"My dance is expansion of human concept- letting a human body metamorphosis into anything including an animal, a plant, even an object which does not have a life, and the fundamental ideology of my butoh is finding the possibility."