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New York Butoh Institute presents "Butoh: Cradling Empty Space," A Nonfiction Book Launch

New York Butoh Institute presents "Butoh: Cradling Empty Space," A Nonfiction Book Launch


Vangeline Theatre


155 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
New York, New York 10003


Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 7:30pm



Vangeline Theatre

New York Butoh Institute presents the virtual book launch of Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, a nonfiction book written by Vangeline, on October 22, 2020 at 7:30pm ET, as part of the New York Butoh Institute Festival. 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. Tickets are $5 and include an entry to win a copy of the book, and can be purchased at www.vangeline.com/online-tickets/aur5r9r43bteuzm1bbnztfjtzx45sn. 


During the virtual launch, hear from Vangeline and Carter Edwards, Program Director, Mount Tremper Arts. Book giveaway winners will also be announced during the event. 


"Butoh: Cradling Empty Space is a handbook for the butoh practitioner, the (art) historian, the dance critic, and the curious reader. Encompassing, and reconciling, problems of movement, gender, race, and universality, Cradling Empty Space guides the reader through the many possibilities of butoh."


- Alice Baldock | Faculty of History - University of Oxford


In Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, author Vangeline: 

* Makes butoh accessible to Western audiences and demystifies the art form.

* Investigates butoh's unique contributions to the field of dance and theater.

* Offers new and exclusive information on the subject of butoh's history.

* Questions butoh's patriarchal legacy; revisits the subject of butoh's female torchbearers and their often forgotten contributions.

* Researches the scope of teaching practices, with an emphasis on the commonality between different butoh methods.

*Allows us to think about brain function and butoh in a bracing new light.

* Includes recent findings from the fields of psychology, cross-cultural psychology and trauma research as they apply to butoh pedagogy today.

* Offers practical advice for students and aspiring teachers, with a detailed analysis of potential challenges in the field.

* Discusses the subject of international butoh.


About Vangeline

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese art form Butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. She is a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Choreography. Vangeline has taught and performed in Japan, Finland, Chile, Hong Kong, the U.K, Denmark, Germany, France, the U. S, and Taiwan. She is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award and the winner of the 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dream a Dream Project, a dance program reaching out to the incarcerated population in New York since 2006. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, and the author of the nonfiction book Butoh: Cradling Empty Space.


About the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute aims to preserve the legacy and integrity of Japanese Butoh while carrying the art form well into the future. The unique art of Butoh originated in post-World War II Japan as a reaction to the loss of identity caused by the westernization of Japanese culture, as well as a realization that ancient Japanese performing traditions no longer spoke to a contemporary audience. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century. The New York Butoh Institute Festival was made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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