Butoh is a deceptively slow-moving dance. While its performers move gradually, it’s with great intention. The audience never gets close enough to experience the trance-like state dancers evoke in order to alter reality and tell a story, until tonight. Très Mort–Tremor combines live butoh performance by the Vangeline Theater with photography and video work by Celeste Sloman, which here focuses on the contorted but complexly beautiful faces of the theater’s dancers as they portray women in agony. In the immersive exhibit, dancers in plain clothes will transition in and out of the “Butoh State,” demonstrating the intricate voluntary and involuntary muscle movements involved in elevating consciousness to a point of clarity and creative insight.
April 29-May 2, 7 p.m., 2015
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 29, 2015