QUEER BUTOH 2021 will start broadcasting in June
Vangeline Theater / New York Butoh Institute, in collaboration with Howl Arts presents Queer Butoh 2021 on June 8, 15 and 22, 2021 at 8 p.m., streaming for free on www.howlarts.org. After each live broadcast, the video presentations will be available on www.vimeo.com/vangeline until June 30, 2021.
Originally, the introduction of Butoh to Japan was widely controversial. Butoh’s first homoerotic performance, Kinjiki (Forbidden Colors) created by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1959, sparked controversy among its spectators. This year, Queer Butoh returns during Pride Month as a video series featuring LGBT / Q Butoh dancers from Singapore, South Africa and Italy. The featured artists present their work and reflect on the intersection of Butoh and Queerness.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 8 p.m .: XUE (Singapore) in Flowers, performed in 2019 in Brooklyn, NY, with live electric guitar accompaniment by John Barrington, an improvised score incorporated into ASMR-style field recordings of chrysanthemums handled in the hand. In collaboration with Mika Orotea and John Barrington.
VHS documentation: Mika Orotea.
With introduction by the artist (60 minutes).
XUE is a surrogate for artist Sher Chew – an eponymous conductor of underground realities, activated by live performances illuminated by the art of butoh. XUE is interested in aesthetic production as intervention, cultivating an impressionist style of world-building as a form of critical resistance. The worlds of XUE are post-linguistic spaces that often involve silent or disarticulated bodies regularly subject to unseen restrictions. By designing rigorous systems that cause burnout, XUE commits to belittling the socialized body; allowing radical physical vocabularies to emerge through the body as it gives way to a state of surrender.
Tuesday June 15, 2021 at 8 p.m .: Damiano Fina (Italy) interprets Helios and talks about queer butoh pedagogy (60 minutes).
Damiano Fina is an artist and writer, founder of the FÜYA method. An educational approach to dance, alchemy and their spiritual origin since the Pleistocene. Since 2004, his artistic research has been influenced by alchemy, the ancient rituals of classical Greece, the teachings of Zen master Dogen, Butoh dance, radical queer theory, and continuous readings and meditations. His artistic research explores mysticism and philosophy through the body and its multiple possibilities of connection. He has performed in London, Paris, Berlin, Thessaloniki, Japan and at various Italian festivals. Damiano holds a master’s degree in pedagogy of expression. In 2017, he linked queer theory to butoh dance in his queer pedagogy project, by publishing the book “The dance of Eros and Thanatos: butoh and queer pedagogy”. In 2020, he published the book “Dance and Alchemy”, which introduces the FÜYA method.
Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 8 pm: Tebby WT Ramasike (South Africa) in In Search of a Soul: A Blind Man’s Cry … the appeal, presented at TATWERK Berlin in February 2015. With introduction by the artist. (60 minutes).
Tebby Ramasike, is a South African choreographer, dancer / performer, dance teacher and researcher, butoh practitioner, cultural activist, residing in Europe since 1995. He has traveled extensively during a period of research and collaborations, working with internationally renowned choreographers and teachers. It has been nominated and won several prestigious choreography and dance awards. In 1999, he founded TeBogO Dance Ensemble (TBO), renamed TeBogO Dance – TBO, which since its inauguration has been invited to perform and teach internationally. Holder of a Masters in Choreography from the Dance Unlimited program in Arnhem, the Netherlands, was the first recipient of the International Choreography Fellowship from the Michel Tesson Performing Arts Trust and then the Creative Arts Foundation. In 2002 he became a member of the World Dance Alliance-Europe and currently he is a member of the UNESCO International Dance Council (CID). Currently, he is working on an interactive multidisciplinary crossover collaborative project and is focusing on his ongoing research on his Afro-Butoh concept. His latest butoh collaboration project has been selected to be part of the European Capital of Cultures 2022 program of Esch2022 & Kaunas2022.
Vangeline (curator) is a teacher, dancer and choreographer specializing in the post-war Japanese avant-garde movement Butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the Japanese butoh tradition while bringing it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline is a 2018 NYFA / NYSCA choreographic artist. She is also the winner of the 2015 Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award from Gibney Dance and is the author of the critically acclaimed book Butoh: Cradling Empty Space (2020). www.vangeline.com