Vangeline Theater, Butoh, avant-garde, NYC, Japan, dance, creative movement, 9/11, Times Square

Butoh Performance on 9/11 in Times Square

Butoh Performance on 9/11 in Times Square

Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Times Square between 46th and 47th Streets

Admission: Free

Vangeline Theater will lead Butoh dancers and enthusiasts in a public performance in Times Square on 9/11. The performance is dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place on that day in 2001. Butoh is the avant-garde performance art movement created in the late 1950s by Japanese dancers Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.

Leading up to this performance, Vangeline will teach a Butoh workshop. Participating students may opt to perform or not perform on September 11. Students may also take single days rather than the entire four days. Classes are open to everyone interested in studying butoh. Vangeline Theater welcomes students with disabilities, including students with hearing impairments and/or students who are visually impaired. Beginners and all levels are welcome. Prospective students should familiarize themselves with their studio policy, particularly students with a history of PTSD or students with any mental health conditions.

Butoh Workshop with Vangeline

Thursday, September 5 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 6 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Cameo Studios – 307 W. 43rd Street

Enrollment Fees:
$140 for all four days
$20 Thursday only
$30 Friday only
$45 Saturday only
$50 Sunday only

All payments are nonrefundable.

Vangeline Theater, Butoh, avant-garde, NYC, Japan, dance, creative movement, 9/11, Times Square
Vangeline Theater 9/11 performance. Photo by Chris Carlone.

Vangeline draws on 17 years of experience as a Butoh teacher and dancer, and has 35 years of expertise in the field of dance. She is a 2018 NYFA/ NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography and the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance’s Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award. Her recent invitations include teaching engagements at Studio 303 in Montreal and the Zen Mountain Monastery at the beginning of this year. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and continues to take accredited training and professional development programs in continuing education from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Science. She teaches trauma-informed Butoh classes and is currently writing a book that explores a groundbreaking, scientific approach to Butoh.

In 2002 Vangeline founded the award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project,” which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City. In 2013 I was one of Vangeline’s guests at a Dream a Dream Project performance at Queensboro Correctional Facility in Long Island City. Please click here to read the feature.

For more information about Vangeline Theater and to register for the 9/11 performance classes, please visit Vangeline Theater’s website.