Butoh Blowout in LaLaLand
Apologies to all Sandwichers out there for a first and somewhat promotional blog post.
I hereby do offer a dose of well-deserved hype for two evenings at Highways in Santa Monica, entitled, "GLOBAL BUTOH."
This event is orchestrated by the Corpus Delecti collective, with whom (I am embarrassed to admit) I performed only once, on the occasion of the first Iraq anti-invasion rally, on Hollywood Blvd. It was an unforgettable occasion. A few dozen bodies in white tatters flocking back and forth in slomo across the Blvd at the tail end of the march, taunting cops, and weirding out standers by. Vividly remember the texture and smell of Hollywood Blvd asphalt on my skin as we crawled, skanked, wobbled, drifted, ran, clustered and contorted, echoing the harrows of war. . . reflected in shopwindows. . .
Since then Corpus have gone on to do over one hundred performances, haunting nearly every major protest, the Dia delos Muertes@Hollywood Forever Cemetary, RedCat and many obscure performance spaces across LA.
I've been a follower and supporter, and observed the arc of their 3-year career (somewhat enviously at times!). It now appears that the crew is fracturing & imploding, likely to be no more in the near future.
These two evenings, then, I dub their "Butoh Blow-Out." Not just because it may well be their last hurrah, but because they've reeled in one of the first gen butoh masters from Japan, Katsura Kan, plus Black Stone Ensemble from Frisco, plus an installation, two photo exhibits, and videos and films documenting their performances.
In other words, if you're anywhere near LA, I highly recommend you attend. For only $20 bucks. Fri & Sat May 25 & 26, 8:30pm.