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Butoh College Performance Series Portland OR

Friday April 7, 8pm: Local Sampler
Saturday, April 8, 8pm: Local Sampler
Saturday, April 15, 8pm: Ken Mai
Saturday, April 22, 8pm: Mari Osanai
Saturday, April 29, 8pm: Yuko Kaseki

Butoh College Performance Series---celebrating and exposing the enigmatic, ever-evolving dance-theatre koan that is Butoh. At its best, evading code and definition, butoh emerged from an east-west dialogue of identity politics and anti-capitalist embodiment practice as a rebellious, and often surreal, dance-theatre expression which has become a global expression that peers behind the mask of the civilized world.

FESTIVAL PASS (all 5 performances): $85
ADVANCED TICKETS: $20 General / $15 Low Income
DOOR TICKETS: $25 General / $20 Low Income

Local Samplers:
FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH: LOCAL SAMPLER 1
with Pepper Pepper, Yulia Arakelyan of Wobbly Dance, Mizu Desierto, Meshi Chavez (with Lisa DeGrace), Hank Logan & Carl Annala (film), at The Headwaters Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH: LOCAL SAMPLER 2
with Anastazia Louise (Bad Unkl Sista), Stephanie Lanckton, Douglas Allen, Christopher Mankowski & Meghann Rose, at The Headwaters Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH: KEN MAI (HELSINKI)
REQUIEM OF FLOWER 鎮魂歌

The lifetime of a flower is fleeting. In only a brief period of days, the totality of the flower becomes as eternal as the cosmos, blossoming unabashedly into the most delicate, ephemeral and erotic expression. Shortly after, the pollen is diffused, absorbed and regenerated again for future descendants. There is no regret in its decay.
Website: http://kenmaibutoh.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND: MARI OSANAI (JAPAN)
P.S-1

“(Osanai) is simply breathtaking, possessing a supple body that seems to have no spine, yet is anchored on a steel spike of consummate control. She is inspired by the natural elements, and her slow, methodical, yet radiantly beautiful explorations of physicality take her dance to a higher plane” --DANCE INTERNATIONAL
Video: https://vimeo.com/7185952

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH: YUKO KASEKI (BERLIN)
SHOOT JEEZ MY GOSH
photo by Sigel Eschkol
photo by Sigel Eschkol

This butoh dance performance is inspired by Henry Darger’s fantasy world that juxtaposes innocence with violence. Sounds from real battles found on the Internet are contrasted with iconic corporeal movements that represent innocence. The work attempts to pose a question to the feeling of ambivalence towards the systematic violence of belief that imposes powerlessness, and simultaneously reminds us of the brutal terror that characterizes our epoch.
Website: http://cokaseki.com/

Earlier Event: April 7
Butoh College Portland Workshop

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