OCTOBER = OBSTRUCTIONS MADNESS
Neworld Theatre is SOLD OUT!
This Butoh is Not Political Friday, October 25 8 PM at PL1422
No text and no politics. Those obstructions make a lot of sense – Neworld Theatre, and Marcus Youssef, are known for work that tackles big social and political questions … and using words … lots of words. However, the biggest challenge Neworld faces is the construction of an original Butoh piece. Born out of the devastation of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs Butoh is a contemporary Japanese dance form that embraces horror and stillness, and looks for physical expression of the darker currents that are often unspoken in our public lives. But Marcus is no Butoh dancer. Not a dancer at all. And so he has roped in Vancouver’s leading Butoh practitioners, Kokoro Dance leaders and Vancouver cultural icons Jay Hirabayashi and Barbara Bourget to help him create this piece. They will work with one of Neworld’s favourite performers, actor and funniest lady in town Dawn Petten, and award-winning designer Parjad Sharifi. The piece will feature original music from Zak Youssef and local band the Bank Dogs (or maybe their Serbian Trumpet group, or maybe their rap outfit, Knuckle Sandwich).
Created and performed by Marcus Youssef, Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, and Dawn Petten
Designed by Parjad Sharif, Original Music by Zak Youssef, and Produced and Stage Managed by Chelsea Haberlin
Nudity and mature subject matter
Here are Neworld Theatre‘s Obstructions:
1. Neworld must create a contemporary Butoh piece featuring its artistic leadership, that climaxes in a messy act of destruction.
2. No intelligible text, written, spoken or delivered by any other means, can be used.
3. The piece must contemplate beauty by concentrating on the perfection of form without any kind of worldly agenda or intrusion of utility or politics.
See Neworld Theatre receive their Obstructions:
Following three sold-out iterations of the Hive party series, Vancouver’s Progress Lab network of indie theatre-makers comes together to test the theory that creativity feeds on limits.
Inspired in part by The Five Obstructions by Jørgen Leth and Lars Von Trier, the core artists of each participating company will submit, a few at a time and under a cold spotlight, to a list of obstructions delivered by a shadowy emcee. The companies will then be commanded to create their next production around those limitations. The obstructions for each company have been developed in secret by their peers – a custom-designed set of obstacles that will prompt each artist to adapt to a new approach to making theatre. Their individual tendencies toward form, place, style, theme, design, period, story are exposed and obstructed, spilling the artist’s bag of tricks all over the stage and out of reach.
Listen to Maegan Thomas’ piece about PL and Obstructions on CiTR.