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.