ButohOUT! 2020: Primal Colour
“Color is a power which directly influences the soul” - Wassily Kandinsky
This two day ButohOUT! Outdoor Night Performance will offer a series of multi-coloured short works by the inter-disciplinary local performing artists on the green carpet of the Heritage Gardens at Abbotsford Convent. Embracing the power of the unknown-coloured self within, audience will be taken to the world of the Japanese art form Butoh.
ButohOUT! is an annual festival celebrating creative communities and the profound performance art of Butoh. Originally called Dance of Darkness, it was conceived in the late 1950s during the social turmoil of post-war Japan. Butoh goes beyond the confines of specific culture, gender, status and religion, aspiring to a universal expression that describes the true nature of humanity.
Celebrating its third year, ButohOUT! 2020 offers five workshops and two performance seasons exploring the artistic theme of ‘Primal Colour.’ In earlier expressions of Butoh, dancers typically wore white body paint, believed to 'erase' the performers excessive and artificial layers to ‘de-identify’ them. Through stripping back layers of conditioning, ButohOUT! 2020 will explore the essence and source of emotion through colour, utilising metaphorical expressions, diverse interpretations of Butoh, and embracing the power of the unknown.
Artistic Director: Yumi Umiumare
Producer: Takashi Takiguchi
Photography Vikk Shayen
Graphic design Monika Benova
ButohOUT! 2020 is supported by and presented in partnership with Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Dancehouse and ImPermanence Productions.