Vangeline Theater’s “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”

April 20, 2017 8:00 pmtoApril 22, 2017 10:00 pm

 

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© 2015 Michael Blase

Triskelion Arts Presents… Vangeline Theater Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Triskelion Arts Muriel Schulman Theater – 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn (Enter on Banker Street)

Admission: $16 in advance/$20 at the door

In Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Vangeline Theater uses the intensity of the art form Butoh to convey a serious problem: The environmental repercussions of non-recyclable waste. The tradition and techniques of Butoh are rooted in an art form that has the power to bring us back to our humanity and become closer to the Earth through meditative and hypnotic movement motifs. This includes uncomfortable truths we need to face, such as confronting the “garbage,” or grotesque parts of our society. The performers will literally dance through garbage, a set made of collected unsalvageable coffee cups. This initiative will serve to increase environmental awareness in New York City through dance and have a tangible impact on our ecosystem.

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© 2015 Michael Blase

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee originally premiered at Triskelion Arts in 2015. It included a set made of 1,500 used, disposable coffee cups, illustrating the extensive amount of non-recyclable waste generated by society. Since that performance, the state of waste in New York hasn’t changed for the better, so a revised and amplified 2017 version, now featuring New York Butoh dancer Vangeline backed by a company of seven members from Vangeline Theater, will expand the reach of the work’s message with new choreography, performance elements, and panel discussions with environmental scientists such as Paul Bartlett, Environmental Services Consultant and scholar in residence at Saint Peter’s University. The show will inspire audience members to make a positive lifestyle change. Programs will be printed on recycled materials.

Vangeline is an award-winning teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is Artistic Director of The Vangeline Theater Inc., an all-female dance company that she founded in 2002. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater is committed to providing programming, performances, and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century. Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance’s Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Triskelion Arts Eventbrite page.