ButohOUT! Festival: Performance Season and Public Forum
Join us as the ‘ButohOUT!’ Festival culminates in this exciting two week performance season, exploring interpretations of Butoh, Body and Landscape. Experience the potent, sacred, visceral, sometimes humorous, unexpected and formless art form that is Butoh.
A diverse and distinctive series of short works will be presented by Yumi Umiumare, Tony Yap, Weave Movement Theatre, Breathing Forest Dance Theatre and international guest artist, Agung Gunawan (Indonesia), alongside solo and group works by local artists, mentored by Yumi and Tony during the ‘ButohOUT!’ Laboratory Workshop.
“In Butoh we are trying to give form to that which is formless, trying to put into words that which cannot be put into words" - Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Ankoku Butoh, Dance of Darkness.
Week One: 12 – 15 April – bookings required
A series of performances in the Oratory featuring Weave Movement Theatre, local performers and solo and group works ledby Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap.
Week Two: 19 – 22 April – bookings required
A series of performances in the Oratory featuring Agung Gunawan, Breathing Forest Dance Theatre, Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare and collaborators.
Outdoor Performances: 14 and 21 April, 11am – 2pm – Free
A series of pop up lunch time performances taking place in the c3 Contemporary Art Space Forecourt and Sacred Heart Courtyard.
Public Forum: 22 April – Free – bookings required
During this public forum, a panel of leading Butoh and dance practitioners will explore the notion of “What is Butoh?” and discuss the relationship between Butoh, Body, Spirit and Landscape. Following a short presentation about Butoh and its historical and cultural contexts, the panel including Yumi Umiumare, Tony Yap, Helen Smith and Agung Gunawan, will explore their own interpretations of Butoh, facilitated by How Ngean Lim.
Other ‘ButohOUT!’ Festival programs at the Abbotsford Convent:
- Six Week Workshop and Laboratory: 27 February – 4 April 2018
- Children and Families Drop-in Workshop: 17 – 18 March 2018
- Weekend Intensive Workshop: 23 – 25 March 2018
- One Day Workshop with Agung Gunawan: 20 April 2018.
This performance season and public forum is being held at the Convent as part of the ‘ButohOUT!’ Festival, produced by Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takiguchi in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation. ‘ButohOUT!’ brings butoh, a Japanese theatre and dance form, into the context of Australia’s landscape, culture and history, through a series of workshops, performances and a public forum.
Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi is the only Japanese Butoh Dancer in Australia and the creator of original Butoh Cabaret works. Originally a member of the seminal Butoh Company DaiRakudakan in Tokyo, she came to Australia to perform at the Melbourne International Festival in 1991. Yumi has been creating and teaching her distinctive style of works over the last 20 years and her works have received critical acclaim and garnered her and her collaborators several Australian Green Room awards. Yumi’s works are renowned for provoking visceral emotions, cultural identities with humour and they have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, East and West Europe, New Zealand and South East Asia. Through her diverse skills and unique aesthetics as a choreographer, she has also extensively worked in socially engaged theatre productions with aboriginal communities, culturally diverse communities and ESL groups, women from the sex industry and also people who has recovered from gambling addictions.
Yumi is a recipient of the fellowship from Australian Council (2015-16) for her PopUp Tearoom Series, and the recent winner of the Green Room Awards of Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award for her contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Performance.
Born in Malaysia, an accomplished dancer, director, choreographer and visual artist. He is committed to the exploration and creation of an individual dance theatre language that is informed by psychophysical research, Asian shamanistic trance dance, Butoh, vocal extensions. He has developed a dance praxis inducing trance to basic vocabulary of body poetics that includes pathways towards transparency and an autoschediastic space. Tony has received numerous nominations and awards including The Decay of the Angel; which won him a Green Room Award for Best Male Dancer. He has been a leading figure in inter-cultural discourse and received Asialink residential grants to work in Indonesia in 2005 and 2008, and a dance fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts. Tony is the creative director of Melaka Arts and Performance Festival.
Born in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia, Agung Gunawan is a renowned and established dancer, artistic director, choreographer and vocalist. He has trained for many years in the form of classical court dance of Yogyakarta. From 2000 to 2006, he worked with Martinus Miroto as an assistant choreographer, to explore possibilities of integration of Javanese classical and contemporary dance. Since then, he has continuously questioned and investigated the ever-changing boundaries and universal hallmarks of traditional, classical and contemporary Javanese arts and culture. He seeks new forms of artistic expression engendered from ancient, indigenous Javanese wisdom and knowledge commonly used in the daily life of Pelem village. Agung has performed in Australia on many occasions: Beyond Butoh Festival (2005 Melbourne), Melbourne International Art Festival (2012), International Symposium on Electronic Art (2013 Sydney) and PUBLIC Festival (2016 Perth). He has been artistic director of the Pelem Festival since 2016 and his motivation to create the Festival was a manifestation of his conviction: "If they are not accessible to the poor, the arts are neither innovative nor revolutionary". Currently, he is based in the rural village, Pelem, East Java, as a co-director of Sampang Agung Centre of Performing Arts (SACPA), and a choreographer of Breathing Forest Dance Theatre while continuously touring numerous countries for performances and projects.
Weave Movement Theatre
Weave Movement Theatre is an ambitious and diverse Melbourne based hybrid dance and theatre performance company comprising people with and without disabilities.Weave formed in 1997 through an Arts Access Victoria project and continues today developing high quality performances under the artistic direction of Janice Florence, a dance artist with paraplegia. Weave’s work subverts audience’s expectations and challenges conventional ways of seeing dance and disability. Weave’s work combines dance, physical theatre, spoken word and absurd humour to create bold ground-breaking performances.
Weave presents a distinctive and progressive model for inclusive dance performance. Weave has been collaborating with Yumi Umiumare since 2014, and premiered a Butoh and physical theatre show 'White Day Dream' in 2016.www.weavemovementtheatre.com.au
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‘ButohOUT!’ Festival is proudly supported by the Abbotsford Convent. ‘ButohOUT!’ Festival would like to acknowledge the following festival partners and supporters: