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Yuko Kaseki and Zack Fuller

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

The Boston Butoh Festival is pleased to announce an evening program of performances by Berlin-based butoh artist Yuko Kaseki and NYC-based dancer/choreographer Zack Fuller in collaboration with Emily Smith and percussionist Michael Evans at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA.

Yuko Kaseki presents “Shoot Geez My Gosh,” a work inspired by Henry Darger’s fantasy world that juxtaposes innocence with violence. Sounds from real battles are contrasted with iconic corporeal movements that represent innocence. The work attempts to pose a question to the feeling of ambivalence towards systematic violence of belief that imposes powerlessness, and simultaneously reminds of the brutal terror that characterizes our epoch.

Zack Fuller and Emily Smith’s “Twisted from Constantly Watching Doves,” is a new dance/butoh work with two amorphous and shape shifting entities on a cryptic journey through glimpses of fractured fairy tales and twisted memories. Alternately tender and violent, grotesque and beautiful, with elements of punk and European Clown, in collaboration with the sonic complexities of multi-dimensional percussionist Michael Evans.

Yuko Kaseki is director, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performance artist, improviser and teacher, based in Berlin. She teaches and performs in solo and ensemble pieces and improvisations through out 27 countries. These works are poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, performance and live art. Her performance aims to reflect the outsider’s existence. Various International collaborations include inkBoat (SF), Tableau Stations (SF), CAVE (NY), Poema Theatre (Moscow), Salad Theater (Seoul) and more. She is also a key collaborator with mixed ability artists including Theater Thikwa (Berlin).

Zack Fuller has been a performing artist ever since playing a cave man in his class play in kindergarten. In 1985 he joined the post-punk psychedelic metal band Scythian as lead singer, sharing stages with groups such as Bad Brains, Black Market Baby, and Pussy Galore. In the late eighties and nineties he engaged in theatrical research with Ryszard Cieslak of Grotowski’s Polish Laboratory theatre, and worked with dancer/choreographers such as Eiko and Koma and Poppo Shiraishi. In 1997 he was cast in Min Tanaka and Susan Sontag’s Poe Project: Stormy Membrane, and went on to perform and train with Tanaka over the next few years throughout Japan, Europe and the U.S. Zack Fuller’s own original dance works frequently involve collaboration with cutting edge musicians and have been presented by Movement Research at Judson Church, CAVE/Leimay’s New York Butoh Festival, Plan B in Tokyo, Mobius in Boston, The Dance Hakushu Festival, St. Thomas College in Thrissur India, and elsewhere.

Emily Smith is a dancer/choreographer/visual artist/and metal worker based in New York City. She is the co-founder, with Laura Smith, of NOT for reTALE, an ongoing work involving the creation of kinetic sculpture and performance using materials such as fabric, furniture, light, and metal. She performed with Leimay ensemble at BAM Fischer in the 2016 premiere of Borders, and was a member of Layla Mrozowski’e ecofriendly “BAAD” Bicycle Awesome Adventure Dance Tour. She was a member and cofounder of The Six and Four Articulations Project a collective of movement and visual artists who created works combining sculpture, costume, and video with modern gymnastics, ballet and break dancing.

Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics combining ordered systems with intuitive choices of sound making. He often performs with an amplified snare drum, various percussion, hand drums, found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics. He has performed and had fun in over 25 countries throughout the world. He has worked with a WILD variety of artists from many different disciplines.

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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 by artist Sara June.

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