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Vangeline Theater has been a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance since its founding in 2002. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Vangeline, the Vangeline Theater brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of Butoh that continues to captivate audiences. The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about Butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance; to connect Butoh to other art forms and disciplines and to build community through Butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, providing superior Butoh training to our community. The New York Butoh Institute is dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh. Since its inception in 2002, Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh (the Japanese dance form that developed after Hiroshima) with the near-cinematic aesthetic of 21st Century science-fiction noir. The company has been heralded in several national publications (New York Times, Los Angeles Times) and won an honorable mention from Time Out Chicago for one of the best dance visits of 2011. For more information, visit www.vangeline.com.

 


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Flower-Secret  | Open: 11/17/17 Close: 11/17/17
Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater and The New York Butoh Institute, presents the World Premiere of Flower - Secret, an evening of Butoh solos with Butoh Master Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8pm; and Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7pm at Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.  Tickets are $18 in advance ($22 at the door) and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triskelion-arts-presents-vangeline-theater-tickets-35983374241.

 

Tetsuro Fukuhara and Vangeline the second and third generations of Butoh, a physical symbol of evolution- teacher to student, man to woman, past to future. For this collaboration, the artists will work together to share their art making practices to create new work. Fukuhara will perform in a large suspended hollow tube. Vangeline will create a new "Dance of Darkness" work. Through this collaborative performance, the artists seek to reveal the way the art form has grown and shifted, and how individuals are encouraged to adapt the Butoh, ensuring the style is reflective and responsive. 

 

Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in post-World War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and travelled worldwide; Butoh is taught and performed across the United States, in Europe, Africa, and Latin America. While the form has its roots in Japan, there are Butoh artists of all cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities continuing its legacy into the 21st century.

 

Photographs of flowers by artist Tal Schpantzer will be projected on Vangeline for her solo.

 

Tetsuro Fukuhara, President of Tokyo Space Dance, is a second-generation movement artist of "Improvisation Butoh." Tetsuro's studied under Akira Kasai, and Butoh founders Kazuo Ohno, and Tatsumi Hijikata. At 68, Tetsuro represents the oldest generation of Japanese Butoh. His style of "New Butoh Space Dance" is a way to socialize Butoh for the general public, bringing together elements of dance, architecture, information, and design. 

 

Vangeline is an internationally-acclaimed French-born New York City-based Butoh choreographer and is regarded widely as an expert in her field in the United States. She is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute and Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater, an all-female dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. Vangeline's socially conscious performances tie together Butoh and activism. Her performances have dealt with subjects as varied as feminism, climate change, war and perceptions of gender. 

 

Tal Shpantzeris an award-winning Brooklyn-based fine art photographer, recognized both internationally and nationally. Tal Shpantzer's petal portraits, are striking in their apparent simplicity and richness of detail. The portraits both engage with and challenge our traditional notions of flowers as symbols. "My principal interest," Shpantzer says,  "is exploring moments that are undefined on sensory, emotional, and psychological levels. I am fascinated by the dialogue that arises from and intersects with expressions of uncertainty and states of transience. What I see may appear to be the simplest of moments and yet reveal otherwise unknown complexities or evoke imagined histories and hidden truths."

Petal Series:

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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. One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression.The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century.

 

ABOUT TRISKELION ARTS 

Triskelion Arts houses five lovely rehearsal studios, one of which is a the fully-equipped black-box performance space, the Muriel Schulman Theater, and one of which is the Douglas Elliman Studio Theater. The original space, in heart of Williamsburg at 118 N. 11th Street, opened in 2000 where it thrived for nearly 15 years before its recent relocation to a two-story, stand-alone, treelined corner in Greenpoint. Triskelion offers affordable rehearsal, class and performance space to hundreds of working artists and hosts a full roster of shows and classes. The Triskelion Arts Presents program presents full-length or half-evening-length work of over 50 select artists and companies every year. Additionally, Triskelion's annual festivals feature the work of over 75 choreographers, clowns, comics, and film makers. The organization is grateful for past or current support from Dance Theater Workshop, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYSCA, the Brooklyn Arts Council/JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

 

 

 

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I Love Butoh!  | Open: 02/14/18 Close: 02/14/18
 

Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater and The New York Butoh Institute, presents I LOVE BUTOH! on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 8pm at Triskelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222.  Tickets are $20 in advance ($22 at the door) and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-love-butoh-tickets-41627282322.

 

This Valentine's Day, join Triskelion Arts and Vangeline Theater in their love of Butoh, dance and chocolate for a multi-sensory experience to remember! An evening of Contemporary Dance influenced by Butoh featuring renowned Japanese dancer Mari Osanai, from Aomori, Japan and Contemporary dancer/ choreographer Madelyn Sher (New York). Tickets also include a delicious chocolate tasting experience.

 

"I love you I miss my friend and the music is beautiful" performed and choreographed by Madelyn Sher (15 minutes).

Madelyn Sher is a movement-based artist born, raised, and based in New York City. Her choreographic work melds contemporary dance, Butoh, physical theater, and mime. She is an actor represented by Abrams Artists Agency, and dances with the Herbert H. Dance Company. She has danced in works by Vangeline Theater, RediDance, and Ni'ja Whitson. Madelyn holds a B.A. in dance and philosophy from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Lehman and is a graduate of the drama department at LaGuardia Arts High School. She teaches creative movement at P.S. 42 in Chinatown.

  

Boundary choreographed and performed by Mari Osanai (Japan) (50 minutes)

Mari Osanai was born in Aomori (north top of main Island in Japan) Japan. She was trained in Classical Ballet and Modern dance at an early age and later studied jazz dance Tai Chi and Noguchi Taiso. Noguchi Taiso and its philosophy and theory had a great influence on her creations. Her unique and complex movements are created interweaving these techniques as well as taking classes with Mr. Hironobu Oikawa. Mari Osanai's dance works have also been heavily influenced by an early exposure to Butoh in Japan in the 1980's and 90's.

 

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. One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century.

 

ABOUT TRISKELION ARTS 

Triskelion Arts houses five lovely rehearsal studios, one of which is a the fully-equipped black-box performance space, the Muriel Schulman Theater, and one of which is the Douglas Elliman Studio Theater. The original space, in heart of Williamsburg at 118 N. 11th Street, opened in 2000 where it thrived for nearly 15 years before its recent relocation to a two-story, stand-alone, treelined corner in Greenpoint. Triskelion offers affordable rehearsal, class and performance space to hundreds of working artists and hosts a full roster of shows and classes. The Triskelion Arts Presents program presents full-length or half-evening-length work of over 50 select artists and companies every year. Additionally, Triskelion's annual festivals feature the work of over 75 choreographers, clowns, comics, and film makers. The organization is grateful for past or current support from Dance Theater Workshop, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYSCA, the Brooklyn Arts Council/JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

 

 

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The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater present the New York Butoh Institute Festival 201  | Open: 10/13/18 Close: 10/23/18
The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater

present

the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018

October 13 - 23, 2018

 

The New York Butoh Institute and Vangeline Theater present the New York Butoh Institute Festival 2018, a celebration of diversity in butoh featuring 16 artists from Japan, Brazil, Chile, UK, Israel, Italy, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States. Curated by Butoh artist Vangeline, the Festival will consist of an exciting program of butoh workshops and masterclasses, as well as four nights of groundbreaking performances by fierce female butoh dancers from October 18-21, 2018 at the Theater for the New City's Johnson Theater, 155 1st Avenue, NYC, 10003. Tickets are $15 and are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3508983. For more information about the festival or to enroll in the workshop and masterclass, visit http://www.vangeline.com/calendar-of-upcoming-events/.

 

Over the past 60 years, Butoh has become a universal and international movement language. Developed in post World War II Japan, the minimalist avant-garde dance form has grown, evolved, and traveled worldwide.

 

New York Butoh Institute celebrates the way the art form has grown and shifted in the 21st Century, ensuring the style is reflective and responsive.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Nicole Watson (U.K); Natalie Cuellar and Raimundo Estay (Chile); Alana Rosa (Brazil); Melissa Lohman (Italy); Margherita Tisato (Italy); Sindy Butz (Germany); Keren Shavit (Israel); Azumi Oe (Japan); Yokko (Japan); Mariko Endo (Japan); Sophie Amieva (Spain/France); Nurya Chana (U.S.); Will Atkins (U.S.); Raquel Almazan (Costa Rica/ Spain).

Thursday, October 18 at 8pm: Nu Canal (Nurya Chana) in Techne Soft

Featuring: Nurya Chana (USA), Yokko (Japan), Margherita Tisato (Italy), Sophie Amieva and Will Atkins (France/ USA), Melissa Lohman (Italy/USA) and Raquel Almazan (Spain/ Costa Rica).
1 hour and 50 minutes with an intermission

 

Nurya performs in a spectacular structure that she herself created. In Techne Soft, Nu Canal uses multi-media solidifications of invisible structures to strip down the process of making, peeling mental systems, unfurling the feeling narratives lying underneath. 


Friday, October 19 at 8pm: Sindy Butz in Vanished Country-Your own breath

Featuring: Nicole Watson (U.K.), Keren Shavit (Israel), Mariko Endo (Japan), Alana Rosa (Brazil); Azumi Oe (Japan), and Sindy Butz (Germany).
1 hour and 50 minutes with an intermission

Vanished Country-Your own breath is inspired by the melancholic poem "Am Fenster" (By The Window) by the German writer Hildegard Maria Rauchfuß. The text became a classic through the former East German cult rock band City in 1977. On stage, a video projection represents the emotional state of being trapped in an ideology, gazing through a foggy window onto the other side, into a better reality and freedom. The dancer on stage juxtaposes the feeling of physical and mental narrowness through oppression (video) with nuances of liberation, solidarity, and intoxication of joy. A sculptural element of a window/ portal connects both worlds.


Saturday, October 20 at 8pm:
Nicole Vivien Watson - Surface Area Dance Theater - U. K. in The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed

Featuring: Nicole Watson (U.K.); Natalia Cuellar and Raimundo Estay (Chile)
1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission

 

The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed explores creation myth and Messy Play, made in collaboration between Matthew De Kersaint Graudeau (Sound) and Ben Jeans Houghton (Sculpture). The Mud Formed A Finger, Pointed offers a study of the human body as an uncanny object that oscillates between figuration and abstraction, body and material, depicting an object becoming human, a human becoming an object and the protean states between. Nicole Vivien Watson emerges from an industrial bucket, her body covered in dripping, viscous liquid. The work embodies a contemporary creation myth that melds object and subject, abject and sacred, non-human and human. By invoking the narrative imagery of creation myths where humans are formed from the earth, within the aesthetic of the fetish Messy Play and through the language of Butoh, the performance links our understandings of the contemporary body and our imaginings of a primordial past.


Sunday, October 21 at 3pm: Natalia Cuellar and Raimundo Estay in XIBALBA

"A spine chilling ancient ritual" July27th,2012 -LeopoldoPulgarIbarra

 

Xibalbainvites audiences tocomeclosertothecomplexworldoftheMayanmythology, in aperformance createdbyNataliaCuellar, butoh performeranddirectoroftheRutadelaMemoriacompany("Cuerpoquebrado"),whospecializesonplaysbasedonthe conceptsofGender,MemoryandHumanRights.

 

Featuring: Nicole Watson (U.K.); Natalia Cuellar and Raimundo Estay (Chile)
1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission

 

BUTOH WORKSHOPS:

October 13-14: Butoh workshop with Vangeline: Mastering the mind/body connection in Butoh

October 18-21: Four nights of performances at Theater for The New City

October 23rd: Closing night of Festival: Butoh Master class with Natalia Cuellar.

 

This program 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.

 

ARTIST BIOS:

Nu Canal (Nurya Chana), born 1988 in the Bronx, studies cellular molecular processes, embodied anatomical sensation, the science of feeling, ecological geometry, animism, hypnotic trances, primitive architecture, fetish idols, and awareness methodologies. She is a graduate of EastWest School of Dance, Aprovecho Sustainability School, Green Meadow Waldorf School, Skidmore College, many Butoh master training workshops (Katsura Kan, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Yumiko Yoshioka, Vangeline, Maureen "Momo" Freehill, Yukio Suzuki and more) and is currently a Hunter College MFA candidate. 

Sindy Butz is a visual artist, Butoh dancer and educator. She grew up in the suburbs of communist East Berlin, Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. She started her dance education in Ballet, Dance Theater and Folk Dance at the age of 6 in the professional Children's Dance Theater Strausberg under Nora Jarchow-Dürrenfeld/ Palucca School. She has been performing since the age of 9. Butz holds a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts of the academy AKI Enschede (Netherlands) and a Master's Degree in Art Science, of the University of the Arts Berlin (Germany), with a focus on performance art, sculptural installation and contemporary ceramics. In 2009, equipped with the DAAD research grant on assistive technology and wearable art for the Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University, she moved to New York. Shortly after her arrival she started training dance with Vangeline. Butz has performed for Vangeline Theater in New York at the Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Princeton University, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, Dixon Place, and Asian American Art Alliance among others.

 

Nicole Vivien Watson, director and founder of Surface Area Dance Theatre. As a passionate learner, she places investigation at the centre - point of practice, within which are interdisciplinary processes. When asked to describe her interests, she consistently refers to an understanding and informed perception of Butoh, which can be described as a contrastive spectrum of philosophy, performance and socially concerned activities. Equal to her knowledge of Butoh, is a persistent consideration of non - verbal communication. Nicole began studying British Sign Language (BSL) six years ago and with a scholarship from the Royal Ballet Benevolent fund, she is in the final stages of her BSL education. Butoh and BSL occupy a generative importance within her practice, that Nicole describes as "luminous pillars that support continued personal and professional development." Nicole is a 2015 recipient of a Royal Ballet Benevolent Award, a Daiwa Anglo- Japanese bursary holder 2015 - 16, a 2016 - 17 Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation supported artist and a Artists International Development Fund - Arts Council England and British Council, 2016 Awardee. 

 

Natalia Cuéllar, Actress and dancer, studied theater in Chile, then continued her artistic training in Europe, following the lineage of Grotowsky. Later, she moved on to Butoh, studying with different masters such as butoh dancers Makiko Tominaga and Minako Seki. In 2008, she founded the Ruta de la Memoria Company in Santiago, Chile, a company which focuses on the issues of gender, human Rights and memory. Cuéllar's works have been critically acclaimed in Chile and dubbed "amazing" (FabianEscalona), "impressive" (MariettaSanti ),"intense and shocking" (PedroLabraHerrera - ElMercurio), and "spine-chilling" (LeopoldoPulgarIbarra). Since 2014, she has directed and organized the celebrated International Butoh Festival in Chile (FIBUTOH). www.fibutoh.com

 

Raimundo Estay, Actor, dancer and lighting designer, studied theater and contemporary dance in Chile. He has developed his research in Butoh since 2007, and is the founder of the Ruta de la Memoria Company with Natalia Cuéllar. He is also the co-founder of the Butoh International Festival in Chile, FIBUTOH. 

 

Vangeline (curator) is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the Artistic Director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as TheNew York Times("captivating")Los Angeles Times("moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist") and LA Weekly,to name a few. Time OUT Chicago named Vangeline's "one of the best Dance Visits of 2011." More recently her BUTOH BEETHOVEN: Eclipse received critical acclaim in New York and was dubbed: "incredibly moving and powerful. It is clearthat Vangeline is an artist who knows the darkness of Butoh welland has the incredible skill to make that darkness dance...Vangeline has the control and poise of a true master of Butoh." With her all-female dance company, Vangeline's socially conscious performances tie together Butoh and activism. Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award. Film projects include a starring role alongside actors James Franco and Winona Ryder in the feature film by director Jay Anania The Letter (2012-Lionsgate). In recent years, she has been invited to perform with/for Grammy Award Winning artists SKRILLEX and Esperanza Spalding and is currently writing a book about Butoh. 

 

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. One of the major developments in contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique performing art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century.

 

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York's most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC's Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Vin Diesel, Oscar Nuñez, Laurence Holder, Romulus Linney and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and COBU, the Japanese women's drumming, and dance group. TNC  also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company's 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 42 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

 

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VANGELINE THEATER presents the New York Premiere of BUTOH BEETHOVEN  | Open: 10/26/16 Close: 10/31/16
After a triumphant international tour, Vangeline Theater presents the New York Premiere of BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata), on October 26-31, 2016 at 8pm at The Producer's Club, Royal Theater, 358 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. New York Butoh star Vangeline conjures the ghosts of two passionate giants — Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh, and composer Ludwig van Beethoven in this hypnotic, electrifying and award-winning solo performance. Celebrate Halloween week with the haunting art form of Butoh and come dressed in your own costume to any performance. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 for Students/Seniors. Please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2582224. Run-time is 60 minutes.

 

The word “Eclipse” is derived from the ancient Greek noun ἔκλειψις (ékleipsis), meaning “abandonment," “downfall,” or “the darkening of a heavenly body” which in turn stems from the verb ἐκλείπω (ekleípō) which means “to abandon,” “to darken,” or “to cease to exist.” Butoh is likewise the “Dance of Darkness” where performers first appear human, then as ghosts. BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata), is a solo piece that illuminates the darkness of Butoh with the addition of cutting edge lighting technologies such as the futuristic creations of European designer Tilen Sepič and fiber optic costume by the French company LumiGram. After touring this show for the past two years and receiving four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and critical acclaim in the United States, Vangeline shines a new light on Butoh and will transport audiences.

 

Butoh Beethoven: solo done with integrity and bends time as butoh ‘should’.”

- Donald Hutera, Chief Dance Critic at London Times

 

“A mesmerizing and exhilarating jewel… Vangeline’s exquisite control allows change where there seems no movement… a resplendent piece of performance theatre well worth seeking out: a true tour de force, literally a feat of strength, within and without.”

- 4 stars-Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Spotlight

 

“…Using subtle and raw choreography, brilliant accompaniment and the power of her presence, Vangeline succeeds in bringing an essence of these iconic individuals to life on stage. The show enthralls from start to finish. Vangeline’s performance is deeply engrossing”

-4 stars-Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Broadway Baby

 

Vangeline Theater has been a leader in the development of contemporary Butoh dance since its founding in 2002. Informed by the expansive vision of pioneering choreographer Vangeline, the Vangeline Theater brings to life a timeless and uniquely American style of Butoh that continues to captivate audiences. The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about Butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance; to connect Butoh to other art forms and disciplines and to build community through Butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, providing superior Butoh training to our community. The New York Butoh Institute is dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh. Since its inception in 2002, Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh (the Japanese dance form that developed after Hiroshima) with the near-cinematic aesthetic of 21st Century science-fiction noir. The company has been heralded in several national publications (New York Times, Los Angeles Times) and won an honorable mention from Time Out Chicago for one of the best dance visits of 2011. For more information, visit www.vangeline.com.

 

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Vangeline Theater presents BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE  | Open: 10/14/17 Close: 10/14/17
Following a critically U.S. and International tour, Vangeline Theater presents BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata) on October 14, 2017 at 8pm at Theater For the New City, 155 First Avenue, NYC.  Tickets are $15 general admission ($12 for students/seniors) and are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3056947.

 

New York Butoh dancer Vangeline conjures the ghosts of two passionate giants - Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh, and composer Ludwig van Beethoven in this hypnotic, electrifying and award-winning solo performance.  80 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.

 

"Virtuosic solo performance that will make your skin crawl in the best way possible, conjuring the ghosts of tortured geniuses Beethoven and Tatsumi Hijikata and bringing Butoh into the 21st century with technical marvels and masterful skill. Vangeline is an artist who knows the darkness of Butoh well, and has the incredible skill to make that darkness dance." - Theasy

 

The word "eclipse"is derived from the ancient Greek verb ἐκλείπω (ekleípō) which means "to abandon," "to darken," or "to cease to exist." Butoh is likewise the "Dance of Darkness" where performers dance on the threshold of Life and Death Life.

 

BUTOH BEETHOVEN: ECLIPSE is a solo piece that illuminates the darkness of Butoh with the addition of cutting edge lighting technologies such as the futuristic creations of European designer Tilen Sep and fiber optic costume by the French company LumigramAfter touring this show for the past three years and receiving four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, five stars at Copenhagen Stage Festival and critical acclaim in New York City, Vangeline shines a new light on Butoh and will transport audiences.

 

This program is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

ABOUT VANGELINE THEATER

Vangeline is an award-winning teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is Artistic Director of The Vangeline Theater Inc., an all-female dance company that she founded in 2002. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater is committed to providing programming, performances and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century. Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action.  Vangeline's Butoh work has been commissioned by Atlantic Records' Grammy award-winning artist SKRILLEX and Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding, and is featured in a major motion picture "The Letter" with James Franco and Winona Ryder, as well as on CNN's Great Big Story. 

 

Since its inception in 2002, Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh (the Japanese dance form that developed after Hiroshima) with the near-cinematic aesthetic of 21st Century science-fiction noir. The mission of Vangeline Theater is to be at the forefront of the artistic movement to address environmental awareness providing artistic, socially responsible engagements in our community. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh.

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee  | Open: 04/20/17 Close: 04/22/17
  1. Triskelion Arts Presents

  2. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

  3. Vangeline Theater

  4. Butoh for Waste Prevention:

  5. Reducing Coffee Trash in New York

  6. April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm

 

Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater, presents Wake Up and Smell the Coffee – Butoh for Waste Prevention: Reducing Coffee Trash in New York at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) from April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are $16 and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triskelion-arts-presents-vangeline-theater-tickets-30044256179.

 

Vangeline Theater seeks to increase environmental awareness in New York and nationally, resulting in a positive impact on our ecosystem. As a key component of this initiative, Vangeline Theater will remount an evening-length Butoh performance piece, for a total of three performances, and the final show will coincide with Earth Day on April 22, 2017.

 

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee utilizes the intensity of the art form Butoh to convey a serious problem: the environmental repercussions of non-recyclable waste. The tradition and techniques of Butoh are rooted in an art form that has the power to bring us back to our humanity and become closer to the Earth through meditative and hypnotic movement motifs. This includes uncomfortable truths we need to face, such as confronting the “garbage,” or grotesque parts of our society. The performers will literally dance through garbage; a set made of collected unsalvageable coffee cups. This initiative will serve to increase environmental awareness in New York City through dance and have a tangible impact on our ecosystem.

 

Currently, Americans are responsible for a staggering 58% of the paper cup consumption in the world. NYC counts 212 Starbucks, 454 Dunkin Donuts, and 974 other coffee shops for a total of 1,700 coffee shops within the five boroughs. This results in a daily mountain of non-recyclable coffee cup trash, which, for the most part, ends-up in a landfill. There are 4100 coffee shops in the Tri-State area alone, which represents an estimated 14 million cups that New Yorkers will generate over the next 10 years. The paper cups used at coffee shops across NYC are laminated with a plastic resin, polyethylene, which helps keep beverages warm and prevents leaking but also prevents the cup from being recycled. Once in a landfill, the paper begins to decompose, releasing methane, a greenhouse gas with 23 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide. This issue is directly linked to the threat of global warming.

 

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee originally premiered at Triskelion Arts in 2015. It included a set made of 1500 used, disposable coffee cups, illustrating the extensive amount of non-recyclable waste generated by society. Since that performance, the state of waste in New York hasn't changed for the better, so a revised and amplified 2017 version, now featuring New York Butoh star Vangeline backed by a company of nine members from Vangeline Theater, will expand the reach of the work’s message with new choreography, performance elements, and panel discussions with environmental scientists such as Paul Bartlett, Environmental Services Consultant and scholar in residence at St. Peter’s University. The show will inspire audience members to make a positive lifestyle change. Vangeline Theater will partner with the public education program GreeNYC, and will have audiences sign pledge forms online. Programs will be printed on recycled materials. Sustainable, bpa free, recycled & recyclable durable mugs will be available at each performance to encourage the discontinuation of buying and disposing coffee cups.

 

ABOUT VANGELINE THEATER

Vangeline is an award-winning teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is Artistic Director of The Vangeline Theater Inc., an all-female dance company that she founded in 2002. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh, The Vangeline Theater is committed to providing programming, performances and classes that honor the legacy of the art form while moving it forward in the 21st century.

 

Since its inception in 2002, Vangeline Theater has fused the post-apocalyptic vision of Butoh (the Japanese dance form that developed after Hiroshima) with the near-cinematic aesthetic of 21st Century science-fiction noir. The mission of Vangeline Theater is to be at the forefront of the artistic movement to address environmental awareness providing artistic, socially responsible engagements in our community. Vangeline Theater was selected as a finalist for the Creative Climate Awards in NYC in 2016.

 

The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about Butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance; to connect Butoh to other art forms and disciplines; and to build community through Butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on scientific research as it relates to Butoh. Vangeline Theater aims to be at the forefront of the artistic movement to address environmental awareness providing artistic, socially responsible engagements in our community. Vangeline is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action. Vangeline’s Butoh work has been commissioned by Atlantic Records’ Grammy award-winning artist SKRILLEX, and is featured in a major motion picture “The Letter” with James Franco and Winona Ryder, as well as on CNN's Great Big Story. She is currently in collaboration with Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding and Japanese musician Yuka C. Honda on the project Virgin Writes.

 

ABOUT TRISKELION ARTS

Triskelion Arts houses five lovely rehearsal studios, one of which is a the fully-equipped black-box performance space, the Muriel Schulman Theater, and one of which is the Douglas Elliman Studio Theater. The original space, in heart of Williamsburg at 118 N. 11th Street, opened in 2000 where it thrived for nearly 15 years before its recent relocation to a two-story, stand-alone, treelined corner in Greenpoint. Triskelion offers affordable rehearsal, class and performance space to hundreds of working artists and hosts a full roster of shows and classes. The Triskelion Arts Presents program presents full-length or half-evening-length work of over 50 select artists and companies every year. Additionally, Triskelion’s annual festivals feature the work of over 75 choreographers, clowns, comics, and film makers. The organization is grateful for past or current support from Dance Theater Workshop, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYSCA, the Brooklyn Arts Council/JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

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