BUTOH FILM FESTIVAL 22nd Ferbruary 2015 – The New Theatre Temple Bar, Dublin

A very exciting Butoh Festival in on the way. This is a unique opportunity to see contemporary Butoh feature films, meet Masaki Iwana and join his wokshop at Dance House, and enjoy a panel discussion with Dr. Tina Kinsella and Katherine Waugh.
Proceeds after expenses will be donated in support of Mental Health Ireland.

With wishes,
Ambra G. Bergamasco and Fergus Byrne

The workshop and the festival will take place at The New Theatre in Temple Bar, Dublim, Ireland on the 21st and 22nd of February 2015.

Festival Programme:​

Butoh Film Festival at The New Theatre, Dublin, Ireland – 22nd February. 2015. 1-9pm
Curated and organised by Ambra Bergamasco and Fergus Byrne.
Session ticket €12, Panel discussion ticket €8, Day ticket €40

Butoh Film Festival continues the work of Moving Bodies in bringing butoh projects to Ireland. This day of films presents crucial historical films of butoh by Donald Richie and Tatsumi Hijikata. We also present contemporary films, Ju Ni Hitoe from Germany directed by Jutta Ohlenberg and Rolf Coulanges. It features the Berlin based dancers Yumiko Yoshioka, Minako Seki and Sayoko Onishi. Our final feature length showing is Vermillion Soulsby Masaki Iwana, a renowned butoh dancer based in Normandy France. After building an international performance career Iwana moved into feature length film making and is currently producing his fourth feature. We are delighted to be hosting him to lead a workshop at Dance Ireland and present his first film at The New Theatre.

In addition to film there will be a panel discussion to reflect upon the body of butoh dance in relation to contemporary theory. Panellists are Katherine Waugh, film maker, curator and scholar of Antonin Artaud and Dr. Tina Kinsella, lecturer in Visual Culture and Gender Studies at NCAD and Conceptual Director of Umbilical, a multimedia performance project that weaves butoh dance, visual images and original musical composition.

Programme and Guests​

“Set in Tokyo in 1952, Vermilion Souls is a story of the dreams and realities encountered by a young boy who strays into a strange mansion while out chasing a flier dropped by an aircraft. Confined in the mansion are four adults suffering from an incurable disease which prevents them from being exposed to the sun”.

The feature film, Vermillion Souls, the first feature film made by butoh dancer Masaki Iwana, will bring the first Butoh film Festival in Ireland to a close. Before that you will see much to inform and provoke you.

Session 1 1pm Gathering and introduction
1.30 Ju-Ni-Hitoe (1997)
Session 2 2.45 Historical films
Sacrifice (1959) – a Donaldd Richie film starring Tatsumi Hijikata
War Games (1962) – a Donald Richie film.
Session 3 4.20 Panel discussion
Session 4 7.00 Vermillion Souls (2004)


For further info please contact info@fergusbyrne.ie 0879456735
or ambrabergamasco@gmail.com 0864054529

In addition, for those interested in practice there will be a butoh workshop with Masaki Iwana in Dance House on Feb 21st. He is presenting his film Vermillion Souls on Sunday evening this is an excellent opportunity to experience his work first hand.


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