ButohDublin will present a first edition of the Butoh Festival Dublin, running from the 23-26 August 2012.
Who are we?
We are a small but dedicated group of people who got together to organise the small festival that would facilitate a kinetic, visual and audible engagement with butoh, one that is speaking to the mind and the body equally through performance, open workshops, talk and film screening.
What is Butoh?
Butoh is a contemporary dance form originated in Japan in the 1960s, in the aftermath of the nuclear bombing and the destruction caused. Butoh is described as a profoundly humane art form, speaking from soul to soul, where the dancers create archetypical images through movement, which are not bound to codified shapes. In Butoh, we can witness the beauty of creation and decay, experience silence and explore many forms of human expressions.
What are we asking you for?
We have invited exciting dance and theatre artists offering their performances, workshops, film and talks to the audience, many of them as Irish theatre premieres.
The artists hail from Ireland, Austria, Japan and Germany to share their work with you. So far, we have invited the following practitioners to contribute to the Festival:
Ambra Bergamasco (Ireland), Workshops
Motimaru Dance Company (Germany / Japan), Workshop and Performance
Bridget Scott (Japan), Workshop and Performance
Dr. Michael Weiss (Austria), Talk
Fergus Byrne (Ireland), Talk
Your contribution will help us to be able to confirm the full programme schedule and pay for parts of the flights and rent of the performance space, dance floor, and workshop studio.
We try to raise the rest of the money for artist fees, accommodation and all the small bits through fund raising events, donation-based workshops in the run up to the festival and ticket sales for both workshops and performances.
We hope to have you dancing in one of the workshops and welcome you to the performances and talks and film screenings at end of August.
Your contributions will be vital for the progression of the Festival planning and will give us the much needed financial support to push forward!
We have some great rewards for your pledge and we hope you like them as much as we do!
Arigatoo and thank you for your contributions and spreading of the word.
Katrin Neue for ButohDublin
Editing Karen Gleeson
Footage (order of appearance ) Motimaru Dance Company, Bridget Scott, Butoh workshop with Yoshito Ohno at Scotia Dance Center in Vancouver BC (example of butoh workshop, footage Maureen Freehill), Ohno Yoshito with puppet.
Music by Steve Roden + Steve Peters (Water Veins)
Image credit: Antje Schneider O'Toole (image by Motimaru Dance Company)