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2019 Butoh Encounters: thinking practice // Conference
21-14 November 2019
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 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
Conference schedule can be downloaded here:
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