© 2018 By Karolina Bieszczad-Roley


photo: Damien Serban

2019 Butoh Encounters: thinking practice // Conference

21-14 November 2019

Oslo, Norway

The year 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the first Butoh performance “Kinjiki”. Since its beginnings, Butoh has resisted fixity, encompassing and now generating influences ranging from music, theatre, visual arts, politics, technology and more. Butoh has been extensively researched across disciplines, both in theory and practice, with a tight dialogue between these two approaches. As a result, new knowledge about Butoh dance appeared in a form of artefacts such as images, music, designs, models, digital media or other outcomes such as performances and exhibitions.

With this in mind, we organise an international Butoh conference. It will focus on interlinks between the nature of Butoh practice in an interdisciplinary context and the theoretical knowledge that is significant for and within its practice. The conference will feature scholarly and artistic presentations, workshop, performances and film screening.

The aim of the conference is to contribute to an overview of the current evolution of Butoh as well as to present early Butoh work in a new context. Further goal is to provide an opportunity for networking and exchange of new ideas, and inspirations. Given the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of its theme, the conference is intended to be of interest to researchers and practitioners from a diverse variety of backgrounds and disciplinary orientations within the Arts and Social Sciences.

Conference panels: free

(registration required. Send email to butoh.encounters@gmail.com with a subject REGISTRATION)

21 November - performance "20" by Azumaru and "Untitled" by Saga Kobayashi: free 


22 November - Butoh films screening: 100 NOK 

23 November - performance "SKIN" by Katarzyna Pastuszak & Joanna Duda: free

24 November - performance "100 Light Years of Solitude" by Yumiko Yoshioka: 200 NOK 

22-24 November: Workshop by Saga Kobayashi: 1000 NOK  **SOLD OUT** 

Discounted conference pass: 1100 NOK   **SOLD OUT**

Conference schedule can be downloaded here:

Supported by:

Kunsthøgskole i Oslo