IN HONOR OF BUTOH
My extensive study of butoh has had a profound impact on the work that I create. Butoh is a deep and hypnotizing form of post- modern dance originated in post-WWII Japan. It’s also influenced by European expressive dance, think Pina Bausch meets Artaud. I consider the majority of my dance work post-butoh, gleaning its more theatrical elements channeled through narrative-driven character creations. I have trained with second generation masters such as Akira Kasai and Ko Murabushi and most extensively with master instructor Diego Piñon, whom I consider the "Stanislavsky of Butoh" because of his deep emotional memory work.
SITE SPECIFIC MOVEMENT INSTALLATIONS
I have a love of site specific performance installations both public and private. Not quite butoh and not quite dance, these works live in the stylized space of physical theatre.
NEUVO BUTOH HARPA COLLABORATION
Neuvo Butoh Arpa, was created with electric harpist and composer Mia Theodoratus. Infusing a true multicultural flavor, we combined the sounds of North Indian Classical, experimental, and pop music with Japanese butoh dance and European physical theatre. We specialized in interactive and site-specific performance installations. Works include Sickness, Madam May, and the Elements performed in parks, rooftops, back yards, galleries, and most notably at the Gershwin Hotel, NYC.
SYLVIA NAGY MOVEMENT COLLABORATIONS
Internationally recognized sculptor and artist Sylvia Nagy and I collaborated to create site-specific live "action sculpture" where Nagy created replicas of her work directly on by body in a dance between artist and mover. Works include Moving Point of View, Global Warming, I Dream of Colored Ink, performed primarily at BWAC, Brooklyn, NY.