October 25, 2013 Progress Lab

This Butoh is Not Political

Created and performed by Marcus Youssef, Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabayashi, and Dawn Petten / Original music by Zak Youssef / Designed by Parjad Sharifi / Produced and Stage Managed by Chelsea Haberlin

These were our Obstructions:

  1. Neworld must create a contemporary Butoh piece featuring its artistic leadership, that climaxes in a messy act of destruction.
  2. No intelligible text, written, spoken or delivered by any other means, can be used.
  3. The piece must contemplate beauty by concentrating on the perfection of form without any kind of worldly agenda or intrusion of utility or politics.
Photo of Jay Hirabayashi by Matt Reznek