DANCE TELEPORTATION: Japanese Butoh in the 21st Century
Film screening followed by Artist Q&A
Featuring Mina Nishimura & Kota Yamazaki
Saturday, November 26th, 8:00PM
@ The Chimacum Grange
$10 suggested donation (no one turned away)
+ includes free refreshments
ABOUT THE EVENT:
JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL FILM SCREENING and community conversation with guest choreographers and performing artists Mina Nishimura from Tokyo and Kota Yamazaki from Niigata as we explore the unique art form of Japanese Butoh, a dance movement that originated in Tokyo shortly after WWII.
WE WILL BEGIN THE EVENING by showing archival videos of both past and present Butoh performances to experience the spectrum of expression that has emerged and evolved through the lexicon of this unique dance-theater form. After the film screenings, we will have an Artist Q&A with Mina Nishimura and Kota Yamazaki to learn more about how Butoh has influenced their artistry and about the social and cultural significance of Butoh as it continues to evolves and expands worldwide in the 21st century.
Hosted by the local group SALISH SEA BUTOH at the historic Chimacum Grange, this is the first time that Mina & Kota ever visit the Olympic Peninsula and share their artwork with the Jefferson County community. Free snacks and drinks will be served at this event that is open to all.
Butoh, which encompasses influences ranging from Surrealism and Existentialism to Japanese theater and Eastern spiritual thought, is an avant-garde form of dance-theater that was developed in Tokyo after World War II by the legendary artists Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. It is characterized by movements that tend towards the earth and the subconscious. Instead of aspiring to an aesthetic ideal, Butoh reveals the human being and the inner world. It implies total presence where dance is an expression of being in the world as well as containing the world within oneself. Butoh grows from such themes as nature, androgyny, solitude and the natural cycles of life and death.
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