Evocation of Butoh is a mini festival with the aim of activating artistic and cultural exchange between international artists and local arts communities in Melbourne through the performance art of Butoh. This genre of dance/theatre was started in the late 50’s in Japan in the aftermath of WWII. Butoh, originally called the ‘Dance of Darkness’, finds expression through dance and movement for the visible and invisible states of living. This is a unique opportunity for audiences in Melbourne to experience sublime works by local and international practitioners: a diaspora of artists who left their countries of origin to extend their practice in contemporary society.
Intensive workshops, a public forum and an artists’ talk will also be presented to stimulate discourse around what Butoh is now in Australia.
individual teaser and public talk videos are available from the link below