Butohpolis – 2nd International Butoh Art Festival, organized by“Akademia Umiejętności Społecznych” Association and Limen Butoh Theatre will take place in Warsaw between 5–12 August 2020. This yearʼs programme is focused on different butoh forms in Europe.
Sylwia Hanff, the Artistic Director of the festival says – “We have invited two of the most prominent European butoh dancers – Yuko Kaseki from Germany and SU-EN from Sweden. We want to present primarily the so-called “new butoh” – different from the classical Japanese butoh and seeking contemporary forms of expression. We also want to present artists working on the border of butoh and other performing arts, such as Anna Ventura Natsuki – an extraordinary artist from Catalonia (France). We also present Polish artists – this year associated with the Limen Butoh Theater. “Butoh Art” is also the space or other than dance forms of art: 3D animation made in motion capture technology by Damian Żak and photography by Sylwia Zawadzka. The festival program includes both stage and outdoor site-specific performances. We invite the audience to visit interesting places in Warsaw and experience them afresh together with the artists. Among these places is, for example, the Mokotów Fort – a historical place that has been given new life. Butoh is primarily a way of experiencing the world, which is why we plan a Flash Mob in the streets of Warsaw and we invite everyone who wants to experience a small but very important sample of butoh dance to join us. An extremely interesting accompanying event will be the presentation of the Butoh environmental protest project entitled Sector – an immersive 360-degree video based on the idea and performance of Wojtek Matejko and realized by Wojciech Olchowski. Due to the pandemic, the Festival, like many other cultural events this year, will partly take place online. Welcome to the City of Butoh – the Butohpolis”.
5 August 2020, 7 p.m., Mokotów Fort/Schodki/Pół na Pół
Limen Butoh Theatre: Twilight of Abandoned Cities
Damian Żak: The Revolt of the body – screening of the 3D animation made in motion capture technology.
Butohpolis’2019 – Sylwia Zawadzka’s photography exhibition
Sector – an environmental protest – butoh dance immersive 360˚ video. Idea and performance: Wojtek Matejko. Production and realisation: Wojciech Olchowski (an accompanying event).
6 August 2020, 6 p.m., Warsaw public space
Butoh Flash Mob
11 August 2020, 7 p.m., Akt Theatre, Łaziebna Street 9
Yuko Kaseki: 9 Steps to dust, Akt Theatre hall
SU-EN Butoh Company: Rapture – video screening at the theatre and online
Anna Ventura Natsuki: Lecture Carlotta Ikeda – Akt Theatre hall
The conversation with the artists led by Julia Hoczyk
12 August 2020, 7 p.m., Akt Theatre, Łaziebna Street 9
Anna Ventura Natsuki: Kesseki – outdoor performance
Teatr Limen Butoh & guests: Impossible places – Akt Theatre hall
SU-EN: Lecture Butoh method – video screening at the theatre and online
More details coming soon.
The programme may change due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 SAFETY PRINCIPLES:
- the audience is required to cover their mouths and nose
- the audience is required to maintain the social distance of 1.5 meters
- a limited number of people can enter the event
Disinfectants will be available on site.
Yuko Kaseki: http://www.cokaseki.com
Anna Ventura Natsuki: http://universelleillustree.free.fr/
Limen Butoh Theatre: http://www.limenbutoh.net
Damian Żak: https://www.damianzak.myportfolio.com
Sylwia Zawadzka: https://www.facebook.com/Lightquest.foto
The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.
Organizers: Akademia Umiejętności Społecznych Association, Limen Butoh Theatre
Partners: Akt Theatre, Fort Mokotów, Schodki, Pół na Pół
Media Partners: Theatre and Dance Centre Warsaw, ButohSfera, Performa Foundation
Media support: taniecPOLSKA.pl internet portal