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Preview: Butoh Medea at Edinburgh Paradise Green

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East meets West

Butoh Medea
Edinburgh Paradise Green
8th -15th, 17th -22nd, 24th -30th August 2015

East meets West: Japanese Butoh dance and Greek theatre breathe new life into the ancient tale of Medea.

Photo: Derek Van Heel
Using the Japanese dance of Butoh and an adapted text, Japanese actress Yokko tells the story of Medea through solo performance. This fusion of Western drama and Eastern dance draws the audience into Medea’s spirit. They experience the world she is trapped in where love, hate, and the struggle between her humanity and inhumanity take hold.

“…unforgettable theatre…I highly recommend that you experience Medea as you never have before.” – Chris Carlone, Butoh Heart.

Photo: Vanessa Teran
Butoh Medea premiered in New York City in 2014, conceiving a new genre of performance. It received 4 awards at the United Solo theatre festival in 2014, including Best One-Woman Show.United Solo presented 130 productions from 6 different continents. Yokko started creating Butoh Medea in March 2014 by adapting the mythological Medea and Euripides' tragic dramatization of her story using the Japanese modern dance form of Butoh.

"It was breathtaking performance." - Kaoru Komi, Syukan New York Seikatsu Press.

Cast & Creatives:
Director: Brian Rhinehart                                    Writer: Sean Michael Welsh
Adapter: Yokko & Sean Michael Welsh           Producer: Ren Gyo Soh and Laura Kressly
Lighting Design: Derek Van Heel                      Costume Design: Deepsikha Chatterjee
Choreography: Yokko and Jordan Rosin        Asst. Director: Cihangir Duman
Vocal Coach: Alyssa Ciccarello                      Performer: Yokko

Photo: Vanessa Teran
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Photo: Vanessa Teran
Butoh Medea appears at Paradise Green, Paradise in the Vault, 11 Merchant Street, Edinburgh EH1 2QD

Dates: 10-15, 17-22, 24-30 August 2015 (previews 8th -9th) at 7:15 pm

Running Time: 55 minutes

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