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New York Butoh Festival Institute 2019

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New York Butoh Institute

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Theater for the New City




This October, in celebration of Butoh's 60th anniversary, the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019 is proud to present bold butoh works by 13 female dancers from Japan, Colombia, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, and the U.S.

Curated by butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as seven nights of groundbreaking performances presented by Theater for the New City, taking place between October 17 and 27th, 2018.

Thanks to a loan from the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives and a Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Festival will showcase an exact replica of founder of Butoh Tatsumi Hijikata’s1968 iconic costume of Revolt of the Body. The Festival will close with a short film of Tatsumi Hijikata in his 1968 solo, and with a lecture with costume expert Todd Thomas, who recreated this legendary costume. Vangeline will wear the costume replica for the premiere of her new solo Hijikata Mon Amour.

WEEK 1 at Theater for the New City (in the Chino)

Salome Kokoladze

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 8-10pm:

  • Salome Kokoladze (Georgia) in How to Breathe Like a predator;

  • Katherine Adamenko (USA) in TRES CHIC: The Beauty Borg;

  • Angela Newsham (USA) in Are We Listening;

  • Madelyn Sher and Daniel Arthur Johnson (USA) in 396;

  • Eri Chian (Osaka, Japan)

Melissa Lohman

Friday, October 18, 2019, 8-10pm:

  • Melissa Lohman (Italy) in Vessel and Void

  • Eri Chian (Osaka, Japan) in Butoh Improvisation;

  • Sindy Butz (Germany) in Hildergaardis

Tove - Elena Nicolaysen

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8-10pm:

  • Tove-Elena Nicolaysen (Chile/ Norway)

  • Mari Osanai (Aomori, Japan) in Oblivion

Yazmin Gonzalez

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3-5pm:

  • Yazmin Gonzalez (USA) in Desire

  • Margherita Tisato (Italy) in A thousand times and never before

  • Lauren Farber (USA) in Fake News

  • Brenda Polo (Colombia) in Efecto Mariposa

WEEK 2 at Theater for the New City (in the Johnsons):

Thursday, October 24,

Friday, October 25

Saturday, October 26, 2019


  • Hijikata Mon Amour

    Performed and choreographed by Vangeline.

Vangeline in Hijikata's costume replica by Todd Thomas. Photo by Matthew Placek.

Vangeline wears an exact replica of founder of Butoh Tatsumi Hijikata's iconic 1968 costume of Revolt of the Body (recreated by Todd Thomas). Hijikata's costume will be on display on stage before the show.

Sunday, October 27, 3-5pm - FREE ADMISSION:

  • Short film Tatsumi Hijikata in Revolt of the Body) and Lecture by costume conservation expert Todd Thomas discussing the recreation process.

  • No reservation needed

Tatsumi Hijikata's costume 1968. Photo by Matthew placek Tatsumi Hijikata's costume of Revolt of the Body (1968). Photo by Matthew Placek

This program was made possible by a 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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