3435 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, CA 94110
Region: Mission/ Bernal Heights
Butoh is an art form that resists easy definition. What we do know is that it's a quirky, multidisciplinary Japanese dance and theater style, and that it was provocative enough to force its creators underground (Didn't the haters know that banning something is the fastest route to popularity?). While further bans are unlikely, butoh is still very much underground (so much so that local group Bare Bones Butoh doesn't even have a website, despite being around for seven years). While their latest performance, Showcase #24, isn’t strictly bound to butoh’s most noted talismans, such as white body makeup, the spirit of striking physical motions and favored notions of exploring controversial subjects are common, as in dancer Liz Filippone’s “Snake Goddess,” a slithery number set to the alarming tones of singer Yma Sumac. Filippone has appeared in previous Bare Bones Butoh editions, and this showcase features her final local appearance (on June 22 only) alongside special guests, including Boulder-based dance troupe SUB(liminal) Space Research Group. Whether scripted, improvised, or remixing past works, solo and group butoh performances are linked by a common thread of "the undefined," which means anything is possible.
Sat., June 23, 8 p.m., 2012