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Vangeline Releases Hardcover Edition Of CRADLING EMPTY SPACE and Offers Virtual Four-Day Workshop

The book includes rare photographs, helpful graphics, a detailed bibliography and footnotes, and resources for additional information.

Vangeline Releases Hardcover Edition Of CRADLING EMPTY SPACE and Offers Virtual Four-Day Workshop

New York Butoh Institute presents Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, a nonfiction book written by Vangeline, now available in hardcover ($45) on amazon.com: amazon.com/dp/1735766011, and a virtual four-day butoh workshop led by Vangeline over Zoom from April 15-18, 2021. The workshop fee is $120 for all four days ($30 per individual day) and registration is available at https://www.vangeline.com/calendar/2021/4/15/butoh-cradling-empty-space-workshop-led-by-vangeline.

Approaching the avant-garde Japanese performance art form of butoh from a cross-cultural, gender studies, and scientific perspective, award-winning artist and teacher Vangeline brings a fresh look at this postmodern dance form. The Paperback retails for $35.99 and the E Book for $25.99.

Butoh, a performance art form that grew out of the Japanese avant-garde scene of the 1950s, has traveled from east to west over the last 60 years, growing in popularity as it evolves. With origins in modern dance, French mime, and the surrealist movement, this fascinating postmodern dance genre is often thought of as mysterious and is frequently misunderstood. Through twenty years of research, interviews with some of the world's top practitioners, historical documents, and rare photographs, Vangeline shines a light on this "dance of darkness."

New revelations include the under-represented role of women in the development of the form, the connection between butoh and neuroscience, and the cross-cultural perspective of international influences on the evolution of the dance. Butoh: Cradling Empty Space will appeal to dance students, teachers, performance art scholars, movers, and anyone interested in choreography, theater, and Japanese history, culture and art.

The book includes rare photographs, helpful graphics, a detailed bibliography and footnotes, and resources for additional information.

The virtual four-day butoh workshop series led by Vangeline, based on the critically acclaimed book, will mix theory and practice. Each module will include a brief lecture/demonstration, warm up, and practical exercise leading to creative improvisation for participating students. Vangeline will take questions from students at the end of each session. The classes will be taught over Zoom. Each session is $30 and the entire series is $120. Beginners are welcome.

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 5pm-8pm ET

Friday, April 16, 2021, 5pm-8pm ET

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1pm-4pm ET

Sunday, April 18, 2021, 1pm-4pm ET

Reading the book prior to or during the workshop is recommended, but students who haven't read the book are welcome to participate. All students, beginners included, will learn simple techniques that are easily accessible and deepen their understanding of butoh. Enrolled students will receive an email with more detailed information after they sign up, with recommended reading.

In this workshop, students will explore:

  • techniques of stop-signal and motor imagery
  • reactive vs. voluntary movements in choreographed and improvised butoh
  • vision and visualization
  • coactivation of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in butoh

The Vangeline Theater's butoh classes are trauma-informed; however, it is recommended that prior to taking any class, prospective students familiarize themselves with the studio policy, particularly students with a history of PTSD or students with any mental health condition. Please read the studio policy before taking a class.


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