This collaboration brings composer Trevor Knight, Japanese Butoh dancer Gyohei Zaitsu and visual artist Alice Maher together to present an improvised live butoh performance with lightning and costume, which will respond to the Yeats line, ‘A skein unwound’. Butoh is an avant-garde dance movement born in the late 1950’s in Japan. The founder of Butoh Tatsumi Hijikara and Kazuo Ohno focused on the abandoned part (dark side) of our body in the process of their work. They considered that all movement regarded as “negative” elements could be included in their dance. These included madness, illness, awkwardness, weakness, foolishness, chaos, sexuality, perversion, nothingness, etc.
Gyohei Zaitsu is an internationally renowned butoh dancer based in Paris, who performs and leads workshops worldwide. Alice Maher is one of Ireland’s best known contemporary visual artists working in many mediums. Trevor Knight is a composer/musician/director/actor with a special interest in cross-disciplinary projects.
The three artists will give a post-show discussion after the performance.