A Saturday in New York, Screening Rare Butoh
If you are in New York this Saturday, you might do well to spend your evening at The Kitchen, where you'll find a very rare film screening of Tatsumi Hijikata's original 1976 production of Costume en Face, recently published as part of UDP's Emergency Playscripts series and edited by Yelena Gluzman. A discussion will follow the screening, with Gluzman--who also co-edits Emergency Index (submissions now open for this "bible of performance art activity," by the way!)--alongside Big Dance Theater's Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, and Butoh scholar Bruce Baird, of the impact of Hijikata's work on artists and choreographers today. Highly, highly recommended.
In his piece on festival season for the New York Times this week, Alastair Macauley quoted Big Dance's website on their latest production, Big Dance: Short Form, choreographed by Annie-B Parson: "a study in concision: five short pieces, embracing 'the brief, granular, close-range, anecdotal and microscopic." Macauley admits that he's never seen a Big Dance performance (for shame!) but that "the words whet [his] appetite."
Short Form takes place at 8:00 p.m., following Costume en Face, and shows through Jan. 16.
See you there!