Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Snake, Rattle n' Roll 

Wednesday, Jun 20 2012
Comments
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

About The Author

Tamara Palmer

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • Third Eye Blind @ The Masonic
    Third Eye Blind performed on Sunday, July 26 at The Masonic to a sold out show with the support of Dashboard Confessional & Ex-Cops. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.
  • Morrissey @ San Jose Events Center
    The last stop for Morrissey serenaded the sold out crowd during his only Northern California date on Saturday, July 25 at the San Jose Events Center. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed