Join us from anywhere in the world for the New York Institute Butoh Festival 2020, October 15 through October 25, 2020. The New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020 returns October 15 through 25, 2020 online and will feature the works of butoh dancers from Asia, Latin America, South Africa, New York, and the United States. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased at
The New York Butoh Institute Festival 2020 will consist in an exciting program of butoh workshops and exclusive performances taking place via Zoom. Vangeline’s nonfiction book Butoh: Cradling Empty Space will be launched during the festival with a free book giveaway.
Thursday, October 15 at 8pm: Sitting with it, a collection of butoh short films via Zoom. The six short films are a hybrid between film, poetry, visual arts, and butoh. The last four short films featured are a direct response to the 2020 pandemic.
Friday, October 16 at 8pm: Broken Body by Ruta De La Memoria (Chile) via Zoom. Broken Body tells the story of three pregnant women who disappeared during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Presented in association with Theater for the New City.
Saturday, October 17 at 5pm and 8pm: Live butoh improvisation by Yuko Kaseki (Japan) via Zoom followed by a discussion with the artist.
Sunday, October 18, 12 to 3pm: Butoh Workshop with Yuko Kaseki via Zoom.
Tuesday, October 20-Wednesday, October 21: Butoh workshop with Vangeline via Zoom.
Thursday, October 22 at 7:30pm: Butoh: Cradling Empty Space Virtual Book Launch with author Vangeline and guests via Facebook Live. The first nonfiction book published by the New York Butoh Institute, Butoh: Cradling Empty Space explores butoh through a scientific lens, challenging the current gender bias and shedding light onto this mysterious and often misunderstood art form. The winners of our book giveaway will be announced live.
Friday, October 23 at 8pm, Red Flag on the Red Planet, live performance by Vanessa Skantze (Seattle), followed by a discussion with the artist.
Saturday, October 24, at 5pm and 8pm: Rising of the Unchained Silent Screams, a solo created and performed by Tebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) via Zoom followed by a discussion with the artist. Presented in association with Howl Arts.
Sunday, October 25, 12 to 3pm: Afrobutoh workshop with Tebby W. T. Ramasike (South Africa) via Zoom. Afro-Butoh is a concept that describes and relates to the work of Tebby W.T. Ramasike, a South African choreographer, dancer and butoh practitioner. Butoh is an expressive contemporary dance/performance art created by Tatsumi Hijikata in Japan in the 1950-1960s, known for its unconventional nature. African dance strives to provide a great reconciliation of the mind and body, thought and instinct, by freeing the gestures and letting go in the rhythm. The spiritual journey of Butoh and African dance, Afro-Butoh, is a process that leads us to search deep in ourselves, within our being, to discover and explore our latent qualities in the development of our personality: physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually.