Grounded on this earth
both embracing and embraced by the universe.
Through the consciousness
and unconsciousness of our existence
through and despite
birth and death,
Butoh is an avant-garde Japanese dance form. This May, Danspace plays host to world famous Master Butoh artist Hiroko Tamano. I had the pleasure of meeting Hiroko and her husband and collaborator Koichi Tamano in the early 1990s while studying as a graduate student at Mills College. I also had the opportunity to present their company, Harupin Ha Ankoku Butoh, during my tenure as the Artistic Director of Asian American Dance Performances. Taking classes with the Tamanos gave me an opportunity to connect with my Japanese heritage and opened up the possibility of tapping into the archetypes of being human. It allowed me an opportunity to explore the aesthetic of dance within the context of an Eastern concept of time. I am honored that Hiroko will be teaching my dNaga company classes on Saturdays in May, providing our dancers an opportunity to experience this expressive and powerful style of dance. Classes are open to the public.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Butoh with Hiroko Tamano at Danspace!
Claudine Naganuma, Director
Danspace & dNaga