ButohOUT! 2019 will challenge the commonly held conception of Butoh as dark and grotesque, and will ask: “Can the audience laugh at Butoh? Can we portray comedy in Butoh?” In the Japanese language the word for laughter warau 笑う comes from the verb wareru 割れる to break, crack or split.
Exploring the theme, ‘Forbidden Laughter’,
ButohOUT! 2019 will focus on surreal comedy. The Butoh will draw upon cabaret, bouffon, burlesque, physical theatre and visual art installation.
Open to experienced dancers, newcomers, children and families, the ButohOUT! program presents an exciting opportunity for participants and audiences to learn from expert practitioners and experience this unique performance arts form.
Workshop participants have the opportunity to receive mentoring and present original solo and group works at the Convent during the public performance season in May.