Earth Tomes: celebrating the Earth- Butoh Performance [18 Marzo 2018]

photo by Alan Smith

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BUTOH PERFORMANCE:

Domenica 18 Marzo ore 18:30
EARTH TOMES
“LA celebrazione della Terra”
Diretto da Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh (Seattle) & Music by Lee Berwick (London)
Danzatori: Joan Laage, Noemi Aeberhard, Liviana Angeloni, Francesca Garrone, Will Lopez, Maruska Ronchi, Kea Tonetti, Giusi Tavilla,

EARTH TOMES è stato eseguito come site-specific performance a Malmo, in Svezia, all’interno di un simposio sul corpo e la memoria nel febbraio 2015; successivamente è partito un tour che ha toccato Liverpool, Londra, Friburgo e Seattle.
In questa epoca di uso della tecnologia per dirigere e controllare così tanti aspetti della nostra vita quotidiana, Earth Tomes è una rivelazione del corpo come terra che attraverso la continua trasformazione rivela il suo paesaggio mutevole.

Joan Laage, direttrice del Kogut Butoh, ha studiato sotto la guida dei maestri Kazuo Ohno e Ashikawa Yoko, e ha danzato con Gnome il gruppo di Ashikawa a Tokyo negli ultimi anni 80. Fondatrice del Dappin ‘Butoh a Seattle nel 1991, Joan Laage è nota come la pioniera del Butoh nel Nord-Ovest del Pacifico. Come solista, e con la sua compagnia, si è esibita negli Stati Uniti e all’estero. Il suo nome è riportato nei libri di Sondra Fraleigh Horton’s : Dancing into Darkness; Butoh, Zen, and Japan; Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy. Joan ha insegnato e danzato ai Festival di New York, Portland, Chicago, Boulder e Parigi Butoh, ed è un membro di Seattle Daipanbutoh Performance Collective. Combinando il suo amore per il giardinaggio e l’interesse per la cultura giapponese, Joan è diventato un docente del giardino giapponese di Seattle nel marzo 2010.

www.seattlebutoh.org
Earth Tomes: the celebration of the earth
March 19, 2018 @Spazio NU (Pontedera, Italy)
Directed by Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh (Seattle) & Music by Lee Berwick (London)
Danzatori: Joan Laage, Noemi Aeberhard, Liviana Angeloni, Francesca Garrone, Will Lopez, Maruska Ronchi, Kea Tonetti, Giusi Tavilla,

Earth Tomes was first performed as a site-specific solo in a greenhouse in Malmo, Sweden as part of a symposium on the body and memory in February 2015. On her March 2016 Europe tour, Joan reconstructed the solo performance once again in Malmo, and collaborated with local performers in England and Germany. In Spring 2017, Oslo Butoh Lab joined Joan in the project in Norway and Kea and Maruska and other workshop participants joined in Spazio NU’s performance. The most recent project took place in upper state New York during an artist residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in September 2018. Here are some comments from those participants.

Director & Composer bios:

After studying with masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in Tokyo in the late 80s and performing with Ashikawa’s group Gnome, Joan Laage settled in Seattle and founded Dappin’ Butoh in 1990. She is a co-founder of DAIPANbutoh Collective. Joan performed at the New York, Chicago, Portland, Boulder, Seattle and Paris butoh festivals, and a butoh symposium at the University of California (LA). Joan taught and performed in London, working with Lee, Rachel and Sally in her project Operation Theatre. A Ph.D. in Dance & Related Arts from Texas Woman’s University, she is featured in Sondra Fraleigh’s books – Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy. She frequently creates site-specific work for Japanese gardens in Seattle. Joan’s articles appear in butō, a book recently published in Latvia. She is an avid Tai Chi practitioner with a background in Asian dance/theater. Since living in Krakow 2004-2006, she has been known as Kogut (rooster). Joan has also studied with Atsushi Takenouchi (at Spazio NU) and shown her work during his performances since she lived in Poland. www.seattlebutoh-laage.com

Sonic and video artist, Lee Berwick has been producing and performing sound compositions and films since the mid 1980′s and for most of this time has been working with performance rooted in the Butoh dance tradition. His work endlessly pushes boundaries and has been shown at London’s Hayward Gallery, The ICA and Dilston Grove. He has had a program about his work made by the BBC. Currently Lee is interested in space, energy and the physicality of sound. He is working on a touring sonic anomaly sideshow which will tour the UK later this year. www.leeberwick.com
info:spazionu@gmail.com

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