BUTOH ENCOUNTERS

© 2018 By Karolina Bieszczad-Roley

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photo: Jan Khür

2017 Butoh Encounters: the art in-between // New You New Me

New You New Me challenges both fashion and dance world by combining the two fields into a unique performative event. HAiKw/’s clothing collection transforms the language of trend forecasting into the trends themselves as it manipulates the found rhetoric of industry reports and fashion house press releases into clairvoyant prints of pinstripes and wavy lines. The printed constellations throw industry cant into a universe of oral patterns, watermarks, and colour swatches. The collection then overlays these prints onto the corporeal methodology and contorted aesthetics of Butoh. The idea of Butoh, as well as a hands-on collaboration with the Butoh Encounters platform, works to inspire the family of knots, twists, diagonals, and inversions. This range of apparel becomes a new architecture for Butoh dancers’ bodies when they present the collection in an interactive way for the audience. The dancers are transformed by the garments and at the same time they transform the garments through their body work. Designed clothings are not costumes or props but become inseparable unity with dancers in the process of metamorphosis. Together, they produce their own stage life, autonomic, not referring to a fictional dramatic plot. The result is a dance/fashion show that is at once mischievous, experimental, absurd, and self-reflective.

Premiere: 24th August 2017

Shown at Oslo Runway

1857, Tøyenbekken, 0188 Oslo

Concept: Karolina Bieszczad-Roley

Collection: HAiKw/

Dancers: Kristin Nango, Margete Slettebø, Megumi Wakasa, Azumaru, Daisuke Yoshimoto

Light design: Stein Stie

photo: Monica Løvdahl 

2017 Butoh Encounters: the art in-between // The Last Supper

A chef is invited to compose a gourmet dinner. Daisuke Yoshimoto dances with the food during a seated performance in a restaurant where audience are the guests of the specific venue. A restaurant dissolves into Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last supper” images filled with taste, smell, memory and gestures. The Last Supper is a spectacle that enriches ephemeral and sensual experience of dining. In this experimental concept eating becomes much more than a physiological need and dinning becomes much more than eating food. Haute cuisine is brought into life, while Daisuke celebrates textures, flavours, scents and colours, craftly combined by a chef. The chef and the dancer are equal creators of the event. This intriguing, yet non intrusive performance is a visual and somatic food narration.

 

Menu:

First Course: King crab, onions, berries

(Allergens: King crab)

Main Course: Brisket, Tomato, Burnt Salad

(Allergens: Butter)

Dessert: Apples, vanilla, cream, caramel

(Allergens: Butter, cream)

Premiere: 26th August 2017

Losæter, Oslo

Concept and direction: Karolina Bieszczad-Roley 

Producer: Food Studio 

Chef: Magnus Morveto

Dancers: Daisuke Yoshimoto and Megumi Wakasa

Supported by:​

Chunichi Inadomi Fondet

Dagslys

Kyrre Studio