Triskelion Arts in association with Vangeline Theater presents Eternity 123, live and in -person as part of the Women Defining Butoh Festival on October 27-29, 2021 at 8pm and October 30, 2021 at 7pm at Triskelion Arts' Muriel Schulman Mainstage Theater, 106 Calyer Street (enter on Banker Street), Brooklyn, NY. Tickets for the performances are $18 in advance/$22 at the door and available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triskelion-arts-presents-vangeline-theaters-eternity-123-tickets-166080755009.
Eternity 123 is the third installment of a feminist dance triptych choreographed and performed by Vangeline (Elsewhere–2018, Erasure–2019, and Eternity 123). It traces the symbolic journey of women's emancipation across time. With this piece, Vangeline also celebrates the impact of women on the art form butoh, exploring the link between women, butoh, and "cabaret."
"In the 70s and 80s, women butoh dancers danced in "cabarets" to make a living in Tokyo", says Vangeline. "This history has led to unique methods and contributions by women in our field–contributions that have typically been overlooked. In the 1990s, I also made a living in New York as a go go/burlesque/vaudeville dancer. In this piece, I celebrate women trailblazers while playfully exploring these layers of history."
Behind all significant cultural movements and changes in history, the lives of countless women can be found, as well as countless voices that have been silenced. As we challenge our collective memory by telling their stories, we redefine the importance of women's participation in society.
Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh and the New York Butoh Institute's founder. She is a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography. Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times ("captivating"), Los Angeles Times("moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist"), and LA Weekly, to name a few. More recently, her solo Hijikata Mon Amour received critical acclaim in New York Butoh Institute Festival 2019 ("a triumphant experience for both performer and viewer"– Broadway World). With her all-female dance company, Vangeline's socially conscious performances tie together butoh and activism. Vangeline is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute Festival, which elevates the visibility of women in butoh, and the festival Queer Butoh. She pioneered the award-winning, 15-year running program The Dream a Dream Project, which brings butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State. Her choreographed work has been performed in Chile, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, France, UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She is the author of the book of non-fiction Butoh: Cradling Empty Space (2020). http://www.vangeline.com.
Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute The Vangeline Theater's mission is to educate the public about butoh, promoting an understanding of Butoh dance history and its social and cultural significance, and to build community through butoh. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century, with a special emphasis on education, social justice, research, and archiving. Check out our free Women Defining Butoh Festival October 1-30, 2021 at https://www.vimeo.com/vangeline.
Triskelion Arts is an artist-run nonprofit organization and live performance venue that provides innovative artistic experiences and opportunities. It is a home for artists and audiences to create and connect. Triskelion Arts acts as an incubator to counterbalance mainstream productions and ideologies by providing a platform for trailblazing artists who broaden the cultural dialogue. Triskelion Arts has been an integral component of Brooklyn's cultural landscape and identity for over 20 years, producing dance and movement-based artists on its stages and fostering their creative process in its rehearsal studios. Triskelion's Arts mission is to create space and time to make art happen. COVID SAFETY VISITOR GUIDE. https://www.triskelionarts.org/
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.