The Visionary Activist Show

The Visionary Activist Show – Maria Moon on Butoh

Caroline welcomes Maria Moon to explore how Butoh plays with the wild tide of now – re-establishing equilibrium and unification with a certain lovely strangeness.  Maria also proffers an invitation to the First Annual Birth of Butoh festival, taking place on Sunday March 12th at the Berkeley Art Center in North Berkley’s Live Oak Park from 1-6pm. World-renowned local East Bay treasures and living legends, Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, are the honored hosts of the event. Free to the public in the early afternoon outside, and a sliding scale of $10-30 for the evening, inside the Art Center Gallery, showcasing 11 groundbreaking Butoh dances. With a welcoming four directional prayer ceremony, festivalgoers will join in a parade accompanied by a band of accordion players, led by Kombrig Yaskin and Butoh Master Hiroko Tamano. There will be experiential performances, stunning archived Butoh films, and organic free form imagination movement workshops, as well as Japanese food and family friendly activities.

And playing a portion of Caroline’s recent rousing NCGR banquet address – the entirety of which is offered as a pledge enticement!

Maria Moon is a multi-media artist and plays in the animaginal world of the mythic naturalist as Consciousness, Movement and Mother Earth. She was first graced by Butoh as a student, through Koichi and Hiroko Tamano in 2009 at the Subterranean Arthouse.

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The First Annual Birth of Butoh Festival

Sunday March 12th from 1-6pm at the Berkeley Art Center

in North Berkley’s Live Oak Park

World-renowned local East Bay treasures and living legends, Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, are the honored hosts of the event

The afternoon festivities (1-3pm) are FREE to the public featuring live dance music by Kombrig Yaskin, with a big bon fire, children’s activities including seed bombs for planting, along with Japanese pancakes.

The early evening show (4-6pm) inside the Berkeley Art Center ($10-30 at door) will be accompanied by sound artist Mark Deutsch. Come celebrate a delicious utterly unique Butoh experience!

  • Gypsy Scholar

    I’m not sure I’m out to “start a discussion” with my feedback here . . . but felt a strong need to express my strange appreciation for the first part Caroline’s show with her lovely-strange guest, Maria Moon.

    Never heard of the Japanese art of “Butoh,” but the invitation to “fly” by dancing to a band of accordion players got by interest!

    However, in terms of accepting this invitation at the Art Center Gallery, I still have to think about the part when Maria, in trying to describe this “Butoh” event, was explaining that it was also about experiencing “Dread,” which had to do with bringing to light the “projections of our society.”

    Hmmm . . . the artform-happening world called “Butoh” — she must mean *just in case* the people of this country, post-2016 election, aren’t experiencing DREAD to the max on a daily basis in the “real world”[email protected]!

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