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New York Butoh Institute Festival 19

Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 27

Theater for the New City – 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)

Admission: $18-$20

New York Butoh Institute presents the New York Butoh Institute Festival 19. The seven-night festival marks the 60th anniversary of the Japanese performance art form Butoh.

Curated by New York Butoh Institute’s founder, Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of Butoh workshops, masterclasses and groundbreaking performances.

The bold butoh performances will feature 14 female dancers from Japan, Colombia, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, and the U.S. Vangeline will perform one of the pieces, Hijikata, Mon Amour, as an homage to the founder of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. A highlight of the piece will be the costume Vangeline will wear: an exact replica of the bold red costume Hijikata wore in his legendary Butoh performance of Tatsumi Hijikata and The Japanese—Revolt of the Flesh in 1968.

Vangeline wearing the Hijikata replica dress. Photo by Matthew Placek.

Thanks to a loan from the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives and a Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Festival is able to showcase the replica of this iconic costume. Hijikata’s costume remains a totem for Butoh; it holds secrets of the avant-garde art form. Much like Butoh itself, it was born at the confluence of East and West. This costume chronicles the evolution of postmodern art in Japan.

The Festival will close with a short film of Hijikata in his 1968 solo. There will also be a lecture with costume expert Todd Thomas, who recreated the costume. He will discuss his process, shedding light on how the original costume was designed and constructed. Prior to and during the presentation, the replica will be on display for audience members to see.

New York Butoh Festival 19 Schedule

  • Thursday through Saturday October 17-19 and October 24-26 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday October 27 Special Event Lecture at 3:00 p.m. (free and open to the public)

To purchase tickets, please call 212-254-1109 or visit the New York Butoh Institute’s Eventbrite page.

Featured Artists

  • Katherine Adamenko (USA)
  • Sindy Butz (Germany)
  • Eri Chian (Osaka, Japan)
  • Lauren Farber (USA)
  • Yazmin Gonzalez (USA)
  • Salome Kokoladze (Georgia)
  • Melissa Lohman (Italy)
  • Angela Newsham (Hawai-USA)
  • Tove-Elena Nicolaysen (Chile/Norway)
  • Mari Osanai, (Aomori, Japan)
  • Brenda Polo (Colombia)
  • Madelyn Sher (USA)
  • Margherita Tisato (Italy)
  • Vangeline, (France)

About Butoh

The unique art of Butoh originated in post-World War II Japan. It was a reaction to the loss of identity caused by the westernization of Japanese culture, as well as a realization that ancient Japanese performing traditions no longer spoke to a contemporary audience. One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation, and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression.

About Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute

Vangeline is an award-winning teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in Butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York) and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Her work has been heralded in publications such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly, to name a few. More recently her solo “Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse” received critical acclaim from the Ballet Review.

Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute aims to preserve the legacy and integrity of Japanese Butoh while carrying the art form into the 21st century.

About Theater for the New City

Theater for the New City is a Pulitzer Prize-winning community cultural center known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30 to 40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home, among them COBU, the Japanese women’s drumming, and dance group. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free festivals.