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photo: Monica Løvdahl

BUTOH ENCOUNTERS is a creative platform initiated by Karolina Bieszczad-Stie where Butoh, the Japanese avant-garde dance, serves as an umbrella for various collaborative projects.


Since its beginnings in 1959, Butoh has rejected strict definitions. It has been performed naked and in flamboyant costumes, in a traditional theatre and hanging by ropes from a skyscraper, through mesmerizing slow movements and twitching convulsing gestures, by studying precise technique of “deconstructing” the every-day life body and by improvising internal images taken from nature.


We embrace this diversity and the intangible character of Butoh, and wish to focus on dancing the questions rather than answers. The aim is to search for unusual connections with other fields and to open up uncharted territories for exploring performing arts.