Butoh-performance: Earth Tomes - celebrating the earth

About the performance:
In this age of an increasing use of technology to direct and control so many aspects of our daily lives, a disconnect to nature can easily result. Earth Tomes is a welcome revelation of the body as earth and, through continual transformation, reveals the changing landscape of the body.

Earth Tomes was first performed as a site-specific solo in a greenhouse in Malmø, 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 Malmø, and collaborated with local performers in England and Germany. This time she has invited the dancers in Oslo Butoh-laboratorium to explore the thematics of Earth Tomes and give their interpretation to this work, in close cooperation with Laage. This is their second creative collaboration. With them they have the experienced musician and sonic composer, Lee Berwick.

Do not miss this oppurtunity to witness a unique butoh-performance in Grusomhetens teater in May.

About Joan Laage:
After studying with the 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). www.seattlebutoh-laage.com

About Oslo Butoh-laboratorium:
Consists of six female performers: Kristiane Nerdrum Bøwald, Kyuja Bae, Katarina Skår Henriksen, Veronica Bruce, Margrete Slettebø and Kristin Nango. They are all based in Oslo and share a common interest in butoh-inspired artistic work. Oslo Butohlaboratorium has given numerous stage art performances and given workshops ever since they were established in january 2014. They have also been instrumental in introducing butoh in Norway by inviting celebrated international butoh-artists and teachers to give performances and workshops in Oslo and elsewhere.

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