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Saturday
05
MAY

Threshold Embrace - A Butoh Performance

19:00
21:00
Union Cultural Center
Event organized by Union Cultural Center

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Threshold Embrace.
A performance with Butoh artist Vanessa Skantze, percussionist Eveline Muller and guitarist Patrick Neill Gundran.

The title reflects the space of the unknown that improvisation inhabits; also the deep listening, trust and communion that the individual performers are bringing to that space of convergence. Butoh is an art of transformation that encompasses space, sound and body.

Vanessa Skantze, Butoh

"Butoh is a corpse standing straight up in a desperate bid for life" Tatsumi Hijikata, one of the founders of Butoh

Vanessa Skantze is a Butoh artist and teacher of yoga and dance from Seattle. She has performed in the U.S. and Europe for over 20 years. She co-founded New Orleans sound/movement ensemble Death Posture in 2002, and collaborates with many renowned musicians including Jarboe and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. Skantze has trained with Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi since 2003, and performed with him in the U.S. and Europe. Since coming to Seattle in 2004 she has created numerous ensemble works under the name Danse Perdue as well as solo pieces. In 2016 she was a movement director and performer for a production of Henry V with Freehold Engaged Theater, which tours correctional facilities in the Seattle area. She returned as movement director for the 2017 production of Hamlet; and is a teaching artist with Freehold in the women's correctional facility. She is a co-founder of Teatro de la Psychomachia, a performance space in Seattle that hosts many local, national and international sound and movement artists.

Program
7pm - 730pm: Welcoming guests and refreshments
730PM: Performance and discussion about Butoh
Suggested donation to support the event and artists $5 - $15