October 23 to November 25, 2009
The 4th edition of the biennial CAVE New York Butoh Festival enters a new phase, the Butoh-Kan Phase, which continues to celebrate and promote the origins and international evolution of Butoh Dance, while strengthening the local community in a festival of performances, workshops, and conversations with the artists.
Butoh-Kan is the training program of CAVE and its resident performance company Garnica LEIMAY, now in its second year. It offers rigorous physical training and enriches students with first person contact with international masters. It is an integrative training opportunity for the dancers, actors and interdisciplinary performers, creating a platform for the future development of new work. Intensive training sessions have been conducted at CAVE’s studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the last two years.
This year’s festival presents a striking roster of master teachers and performers. With performances, artist talks, workshops and participatory opportunities for scholars, it offers a unique platform for the development of local dancers and encourage active dialogue on Butoh’s origins, evolution and global status.
The New York Butoh Festival is a program of CAVE Organization (www.CAVEartspace.org), one of the longest running experimental art spaces in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since 1996, it has produced hundreds of art exhibitions, multi-media installations and performances. A not-for-profit organization, it functions as an artist-in-residence studio and performance space. This year’s international butoh-kan master series is co-produced by Dance New Amsterdam DNA, a major contemporary dance center that present and promotes artistic excellence in dance performance, education and the creation process . And this year’s festival commission is co-presented by Dixon Place, a home for performing and literary artists dedicated to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance and literature.
The New York Butoh Festival project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The CAVE NY Butoh Festival performances are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts. A state agency. CAVE performance season is supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. CAVE’s commissioned project for the NY Butoh Festival is supported by the Asian American Arts Alliance JPMorgan Chase SOAR Program and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.