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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 RhinehartWriter: Sean Michael Welsh
Adapter: Yokko & Sean Michael WelshProducer: Ren Gyo Soh and Laura Kressly
Lighting Design: Derek Van HeelCostume Design: Deepsikha Chatterjee
Choreography: Yokko and Jordan RosinAsst. Director: Cihangir Duman