The Slowest Wave
Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Triskelion’s Muriel Schulman Theater – 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn (entrance on Banker Street)
Admission: $20 in advance/$25 at the door
Triskelion Arts, in collaboration with Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute, presents the World Premiere of The Slowest Wave, a pioneering project combining butoh and neuroscience.
About The Slowest Wave
Working with neuroscientists Sadye Paez, Constantina Theofanopoulou, and Jose “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal and composer Ray Sweeten, Vangeline choreographed a 60-minute ensemble butoh piece, which is uniquely informed by the protocol being established for a scientific pilot study researching the impact of butoh on brain activity. Vangeline and Sweeten are building on a 20-year history of creative collaboration with a soundscape that is informed by techniques of brainwave entrainment (techniques that affect consciousness through sound). The Slowest Wave investigates the relationship between human consciousness and dance using scalp electroencephalography (EEG). It will foster connections and understanding between dancers, artists, scientists, engineers, and audiences from around the world.
As part of Vangeline’s upcoming Gibney Dance in Process Artist Residency in January 2023, the dancers’ brain activity will be recorded for the pilot study at the University of Houston. This will culminate in a live performance, with real-time visualization of the dancers’ neural synchrony and slow brain wave activity. Results will then be disseminated in scientific journals.
To purchase tickets to The Slowest Wave, please visit Triskelion’s website.
Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in Japanese butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh while carrying it into the twenty-first century.
With her all-female dance company, Vangeline’s socially conscious performances tie together butoh and activism. Vangeline is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute Festival, which elevates the visibility of women in butoh, and the Queer Butoh festival. She pioneered the award-winning program The Dream a Dream Project, which has brought butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State for the last 15 years.
Vangeline is the recipient of the 2022/23 Gibney Dance in Process Artist Residency, the winner of a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Dance Award, the 2015 Gibney Dance Social Action Award, and the 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is also a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography for Elsewhere.
The author of the critically acclaimed book Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, Vangeline has taught at Cornell University, NYU, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Sarah Lawrence, and Princeton University (Princeton Atelier) and has appeared in films such as The Letter with James Franco and Winona Ryder. She is also featured on BBC’s podcast Deeply Human with host Dessa (episode 2 of 12: “Why We Dance”) and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. For more information about Vangeline and her work, please visit her website.
About Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute
Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute aims to preserve the legacy and integrity of Japanese butoh while carrying the art form well into the future. The unique art of Butoh originated in post-World War II Japan as 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.
About the Artists
Sadye Paez is a Fellow at the New York University’s Center for Ballet and the Arts and a Senior Research Associate in the Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory (Erich D. Jarvis) at The Rockefeller University, studying the neurobiology and genetic basis of why humans dance.
Constantina Theofanopoulou is an Associate Research Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, and a Visiting Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University. She is interested in understanding the neurobiology of social communication in complex human behaviors such as speech and dance.
Jose “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal, PhD (Fellow IEEE, Fellow AIMBE) is the Cullen Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the NSF Research Center for Building Reliable Advances and Innovations in Neurotechnology (IUCRC BRAIN) at the University of Houston. He pioneered noninvasive brain-machine interfaces to exoskeletons and prosthetics to restore motor function in individuals with disabilities. His work at the nexus of art and science is opening new windows to study the neural basis of human creativity in children and adults while informing neuroaesthetics, neural interfaces, and the power of the arts (dance, music, visual art) as a modulator of brain activity.
Ray Sweeten aka Barragan-Sweeten is a visual artist and sound maker based in New York and Rhode Island. He has performed and screened works at Moma/PS1, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, New York Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, Issue Project Room, Participant Gallery, Microscope Gallery, The Kitchen, and Roulette and toured throughout Europe as a member of Fabrica Musica.
Butoh dancer azumi O E’s mesmerizing, shocking and playful movement is choreographed with meticulous timing, conspiring a visual relationship between the inner and outer human dimensions. Following eight years with Vangeline Theatre and as Assistant Choreographer/Principal Dancer for Butoh Master Katsura Kan, azumi O E makes a continuous effort to exceed artistic constructs. She regularly develops experimental projects through solo pieces and collaborations with artists of various media.
Sindy Butz is a German-born interdisciplinary visual and performance artist, Butoh dancer, somatics science researcher, and fabricator living and working in New York City. She is the founder and artistic director of Ash River Studios, an art and design house based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A principal dancer of Vangeline Theater from 2010 to 2018, Sindy joined the New York Butoh Institute faculty in 2016. She has trained extensively in Japanese Butoh dance, Noguchi Gymnastics, and Katsugen Undo with Vangeline, Yoshito Ohno, Semimaru of Sankai Juku, Natsu Nakajima, Mari Osanai, and Tetsuro Fukuhara, among others.
Margherita Tisato is a dancer, teacher to teachers, movement enthusiast, and a passionate changemaker. She has been dancing and teaching since she was 17 and leading yoga and meditation classes, workshops, and teacher trainings for more than a decade. In New York since 2006, she is a principal dancer with Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble and Dances We Dance and works with Dances by Isadora et al. Margherita started studying Butoh with Vangeline in 2007, becoming a principal dancer with the Vangeline Theater in 2008 until 2017. She has been training regularly with other prominent Butoh Masters, making Butoh an integral part of her artistic and spiritual practice. She teaches butoh workshops internationally.
Originally from Saitama, Japan, Kana Takahashi is a New York-based dancer/actor. Her favorite theater credits include South Pacific at Midtown Arts Center and West Virginia Public Theatre, Miss Saigon, Hair, Pippin, Oklahoma!, Unto These Hills, Six Strings Sonics (Fringe NYC), and War+Lovers (off-Broadway). As a dancer, she has performed for John Cage Centennial Festival, ALDEN MOVES Dance Theater, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theater, MuSE, and Azul Dance Theatre, among others.
Kelsey Strauch is a visual and movement artist based in Brooklyn. With a BFA in painting from University of Oregon and completion of the Professional Track program at New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, VT she has toured extensively as a professional circus artist specializing in object manipulation. Growing up in Montana she developed a deep relationship with the natural world that she carries into her visual and movement art. Most recently she served as a member of the juggling ensemble in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten at the Metropolitan Opera. Her first Butoh performance was with Tetsuro Fukuhara’s “Tokyo Space Dance” as a part of Future Fest in 2013.
Zhixuan Zhu (Miki) was born in China in 1999 and is currently studying in the United States. Miki is an artist, movement explorer, spiritual researcher, and Buddhist devotee. Born into a traditional Buddhist family, she was fascinated by the occult from an early age. Her dance work is also associated with it. In 2021, she graduated from Beijing Normal University with a BFA in Dance. Because she found that dance practice has largely subdued the essential aspects of spirituality in embodied performance practice, this has led to her research interest in repairing the natural connection between dance and spirituality.
About Triskelion Arts
Triskelion Arts is an NYC-based, artist-run, nonprofit organization and live performance venue for movement and dance artists. An integral part of Brooklyn’s cultural landscape for the past 21 years, Trisk aims to create a home for artists and audiences to create and connect, to make things happen, to make magic.