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Butoh Solos

  • Green Street Studios 185 Green Street Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

The Boston Butoh Festival is pleased to present an evening of short solo works by local emerging butoh artists Gem Rosenberg, Ofri Rieger, Melanie Hedlund, Roxanne Morse, Vlad Filitovich, Ira Gorodetskaya, and Eric Bornstein on Friday, April 19th at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA.

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Artist Biographies

Gem Rosenberg is an interdisciplinary artist, teaching artist, model, and curator based in Boston, MA with a BFA from California College of the Arts. She works with collage, performance, and found objects. Explorations in healing, mental health, gender, body image, the environment, and human/animal relationships influence her creative practice. She is the curator of CARE, a performance art event on the personal and political impact of “care” to expand the “healing arts.” She has trained in Butoh with Sara June for 2 years and taken class with Butoh teachers Zack Fuller (NJ), SU-EN (Sweden), Vangeline (France/NYC), and Natalia Cuellar & Raimundo Estay (Chile).

Ira Gorodetskaya is a mover, new media artist and ceramicist. In her recent works, Ira explores and celebrates nature and its diversity. Her movement background includes butoh, physical theater, contact improvisation, capoeira, gymnastics, and yoga. Ira received training from butoh artists Sara June and Natalia Cuellar & Raimundo Estay, and completed an intensive program at the Double Edge Theater in January 2019. She performed in “Dancing Fragments of Ocean,” (choreographed by Sara June) in Boston in June 2018. Ira has worked and performed with multidisciplinary artist Rosa Cerri in Italy and Russia, and since 2013, has been a member of the Utrovortu artist collective based in Saint Petersburg, Russia where she has participated in street art and video performances. Ira holds an MS in Mathematics and her analytical background informs her research-based approach to her art. Find Ira on the web at:;

Melanie Hedlund began using performance as an art form by moving within her sculptural installations.This was considered more theater than dance as there was no “performance art” at the time. In the mid-70’s she encountered the work of Eiko and Koma and studied with Kei Takei, piquing her interest in something very different from western modern dance. Seeing the unbelievable Min Tanaka led, years later, to working with Sara June in the lineage of Butoh. Her on-going and evolving class provides unique and multifaceted learning with a group of deeply committed students.

Ofri Rieger is a choreographer and a performance artist whose unique approach to dance stems from the world of visual arts. She has been practicing Butoh for the last 3 years under the instruction of Sara June. One of the main reasons that led Ofri to practice Butoh was her quest to open new channels of "listening" and "understanding" through the body, in an attempt to reach the unconscious mind through movement. In addition to her Butoh work, Ofri is a member of ensemble inédit since 2015 - a collaborative improvisation ensemble of 8 dancers and musicians. Furthermore, she is a member of Karakatitsa movement collective and a past member of Fool's Journey - both physical theater ensembles. She holds a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in Visual arts from Holon Institute Of Technology.

Eric Bornstein has an extensive yoga and martial arts background and has taught yoga continuously since 1980 and jujitsu since 1999. After being inspired by a performance of Sankai Juku in the 80’s, Eric finally started training in Butoh in December 2017 with Sara June. As the award-winning artistic director of Behind the Mask Studio/Theatre, he specializes in custom made masks and arts education. Clients include Boston Ballet (Nutcracker), Boston Lyric Opera (Madama Butterfly), Company One (Shockheaded Peter [IRNE award, Best Puppetry Design]), Liars and Believers (Le Cabaret Grim [Excellence in Production Design award/New York Musical Theatre Festival]), Bethesda Softworks/Epic video game promotion (Dishonored, Skyrim/Elder Scrolls. The Evil Within, Fortnight). Local and national media have described Eric as “Boston’s preeminent mask maker,” “a man of many talents” and his masks as “phantasmagoric”, “magnificent”, “stunning, finely crafted...first-rate”, and “eerie/enchanting.” For more information please visit :

Roxanne Morse is a Boston-based commercial and character actor. Her character development is based on body and vocal work from improvisational dance, Butoh, somatic practice, yoga, and a cappella harmony singing. She trained extensively with acting coach Jock MacDonald, Bille Jo Joy in Action Theater improvisation dance, and Sara June in Butoh. Roxanne recently performed in "Top Girls" (Lady Nijo/Win) with Ghost Light Players and in "still, now" (Junko) with Heart & Dagger Productions. Roxanne is drawn to butoh because it enables her to explore and define non-human characters and bring them into relationship with an audience. Roxanne holds a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California Berkeley. Find Roxanne on the web at:

This performance is part of the Boston Butoh Festival running from April 19th through April 21st at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. The Festival is sponsored by Mobius and Green Street Studios and curated is by artist Sara June.