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Port Townsend, WA
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The Salish Sea Butoh Festival proudly presents:
with master dance artists from Japan, Mexico City & USA

A ONE-NIGHT ONLY SHOW featuring stage performances by:
 Kota Yamazaki from NIIGATA, JAPAN
 Eugenia Vargas from MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
 Anastazia Aranaga from Bay Area, California

Saturday, August 19th -- Doors open @ 7:00pm | show starts @ 7:30pm
@Eaglemount Winery & Cidery
1893 S Jacob Miller Rd, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Join us for a very special theatrical event celebrating the unique artform of Japanese Butoh.  This is a production of the third-ever Salish Sea Butoh Festival in Port Townsend.  It highlights master artists of the 2nd generation of Butoh from Japan along with 3rd generation artists from all over the world performing on the same stage.  All ticket purchases include admission to a post-show reception for a chance to meet and talk to the artists.  Refreshments will be available at the Eaglemount bar.

Butoh is an avant-garde dance form that originated in Tokyo, Japan shortly after WWII. It is characterized by physical movements that tend towards the earth and the subconscious. Butoh, which is influenced by and incorporates elements of Surrealism, Dada, French Existentialism, German Expressionism, Japanese theatre, and Eastern spiritual thought, was developed in the late 1950s and 1960s through experimental collaborations between its founders Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. Their work established Butoh as disciplined and rigorous, yet spontaneous and idiosyncratic, intellectual and experimental, yet grounded in the human body. Instead of aspiring to an aesthetic ideal, Butoh reveals the primordial human being and the inner world. It implies total presence where dance is an expression of being in the world as well as containing the world within oneself. It grows from themes such as dreams, ghosts, androgyny, nature, solitude, and the natural cycles of life and death.


KOTA YAMAZAKI, born and raised in Niigata, Japan, was first introduced to Butoh under the teaching of Akira Kasai at Tenshi-kan at the age of 18 after training as a music conductor.  After his teacher Akira Kasai moved to Germany, Yamazaki continued his Butoh practice with Kunishi Kamiryo at Salamu-kan.  With an intention of expanding the field and possibilities of Butoh, Yamazaki started creating contemporary dance works in his 30s with Tokyo-based dance company, rosy co., which he led from 1995-2001.  Since 2003, Yamazaki has been based in both New York and Tokyo, presenting dance works nationally and internationally.  From 2016-19, Yamazaki received artistic commissions from the Japan Contemporary Dance Network, New York Live Arts, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NY, to create a dance trilogy called the Darkness Odyssey that examined Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikatas dance of darkness and its relation to Gilles Deluzes philosophies.  Yamazaki has received numerous awards for his work including a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Dance and Performance Award (also known as the Bessie Award), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant Award and a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts award for his work as founder and director of the FLUID HUG-HUG dance company, which integrates Butoh-based somatic practices, Japanese aesthetics, and Buddhist teachings such as one equals many, many equals, one.

EUGENIA VARGAS is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, curator, and artistic researcher from Mexico City.  She is the founder and director of Laboratorio Escénico Danza Teatro Ritual (LEDTR), a performance troupe and artistic venue that has served not only as an incubator for dance and interdisciplinary projects but also as an artistic residence and formative training space for Butoh in Mexico, from which several generations of artists have emerged or have been influenced.  Vargas is co-founder and director of Cuerpos en Revuelta: Festival Internacional de Danza Butoh, one of the premier Butoh festivals of Latin America.  In 2022, Vargas organized Encrucijada: mujeres en el butoh, an initiative that brought together artists from Japan, Argentina, Chile and Mexico.  Vargas has trained and studied with some of the most renowned Butoh teachers in the world including Japanese Butoh pioneers Natsu Nakajima and the late Yukio Waguri.  Vargas has co-produced and co-performed numerous choreographic productions with Nakajima and Waguri and with Tadashi Endo.  For nearly three decades, Vargas has performed in Japan, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Canada, and she has also performed original works at important international butoh festivals such as the Women Defining Butoh Festival in New York City, the Dance Dance Dance Festival in Yokohama, Japan, and the Festival Internacional de Butoh Chile (FiButoh) in Santiago de Chile.  Her work has been recognized in the books Butoh: Cradling Empty Space by Vangeline and in BUTOH AMERICA: Butoh Dance in the United States and Mexico from 1970 to the Early 2000s by Tanya Calamoneri.

ANASTAZIA ARANAGA is a multimedia artist, teacher, costume designer, and performer that offers a personally developed movement style that combines a lifetime of performance experience.  For the past three decades, she has continued to evolve her characteristically unique fusion of performance and costuming while performing and teaching Butoh-based presence techniques and collaborating on large-scale art installations. Anastazia Louise was introduced to Butoh by Diego Piñón (Butoh Ritual Mexicano) in 2002, and his teachings remain an ongoing inspiration for her performance work.  Other influences include Hiroko and Koichi Tamano, Sankai Juku, and Vangeline.  Anastazia has also had the privilege of collaborating with internationally recognized artists including Flam Chen, Beats Antique, SORNE, ill.GATES, Human Nature Dance Company, Totter Todd, Soriah, Stellamara, Mizu Desierto, Nathan Montgomery (Syzygy Butoh), Richochet, The L.A. Stilt Circus, and VerbaBola.  Anastazia is also the founder and artistic director of Bad Unkl Sista, a performance art ensemble that combines choreography, original and improvised music, couture costuming, and physical theater elements to produce site-specific durational performances that seek to provoke and inspire  changing how witnesses relate to the performers, to the world, and to themselves.

Salish Sea Butoh is a collective of performers and multimedia artists co-founded by Cosmo Rapaport and Iván-Daniel Espinosa in the Pacific Northwest to deepen the study and exploration of Japanese Butoh. Salish Sea Butoh continues to be the only group consistently bringing international Butoh artists to the Olympic Peninsula and producing an annual festival that features both guest artists and local performers.


Eaglemount Wine & Cider (View)
1893 S Jacob Miller Rd
Port Townsend, WA 98368
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Immersive
Arts > Magic
Arts > Multidisciplinary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Experimental

Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Salish Sea Butoh
On BPT Since: Jul 07, 2022
Salish Sea Butoh

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