Butoh is a special kind of contemporary performative art, called a dance or theater at times. It was created at the intersection of Japanese and European culture and is perceived as a cross-cultural phenomenon. For over 50 years, it has influenced art all over the world.
Warsaw has become an important center for the development of this independent art. Butoh has a loyal audience here and a very active community of performers. The creation of the Butohpolis Festival as a platform for creative dialogue is a very important step on the path of development and searching for the identity of the Polish butoh dance. I hope that the Warsaw Festival will also become an incubator of the “new butoh” in the international space.
Within the ground of western culture, butoh is increasingly looking for its specifics, which is why the theme of this year’s edition is “western butoh”. The program focuses on Polish butoh located in this particular context – performances of artists with great achievements and debuting artists will be presented during the Festival. Also among the invited artists are extremely interesting foreign European dancers with extensive experience and artistic achievements.
The program also includes a discussion panel with an international group of artists and theoreticians. It seems that the butoh dance in the world is currently undergoing another phase of change, so talks about the “new butoh” are of great importance. The name “Butoh Art Festival” underlines the wider butoh area, which includes not only performative arts. Therefore, a significant part of the program is a butoh photography which is a special phenomenon. The theoretician and photographer Karolina Bieszczad-Roley in her lecture will talk about the concept of “photo-performance” which she is the author. This part of the Festival also includes a screening of short dance films and an exhibition of photographs.
I also invite you to the accompanying events that are open to everyone, that is workshops conducted by our foreign guests.
See you in Butohpolis!
Sylwia Hanff, Artistic Director.
BUTOHPOLIS. INTENATIONAL BUTOH ART FESTIVAL
26th April 2019, 7PM
Insomnia – Anita Zdrojewska (Warsaw/Poland), music live: Rafał “Ruff” Libner
Houses of Presence. Anamnesis – Magdalena Jakubów (Warsaw/Poland), music: collage
Red Moon – Maruska Ronchi, (Milano/Italy), music: collage
III. Panel discussion on the topic of Western Butoh, moderated by Julia Hoczyk
27th April 2019, 7PM
Sharing (oneself) – Krzysztof Jerzak (Cracow/Poland), music live: Maya Baczyńska
Crevices of Existence. The Song of Semi – Sylwia Hanff (Warsaw/Poland), music: Pierre Boeswillwald
Schizofrenie – Valentin Tszin (Berlin/Germany), sound live: Daniel williams
III. Butoh Dance Short Films:
– „Gardener” (butoh: Joan Laage), directed by Karolina Bieszczad-Roley. (Oslo/Norway)
– „Chrysalide” (butoh: Jean Louise Le Cabellec) directed by Damien Serban, Yann Bertrand (France)
26-27.04 2019 – Butoh Photography Exhibition
An exhibition of photos from the performances of Limen Butoh Theater, by Janusz Yassiek Matuszewski (Warsaw/Poland)
FREE ENTRANCE. Reservation: register on FB event or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Adress: Teatr Akt, ul. Łaziebna 9, Warszawa.
PROJECT CO-FINANCED BY THE CITY OF WARSAW
Stowarzyszenie “Akademia Umiejętności Społecznych”
Limen Butoh Theatre
The Institute of Music and Dance
Dance Art Center in Warsaw
25.04.2019, 6PM-9pm, works hop LED by Maruska Ronchi, information: email@example.com
28.042019, works hop LED by Valentin Tszin, information: BUTOHSFERA/Fundacja Pompka firstname.lastname@example.org