Butoh Festival Dublin

Thursday 23rd until Sunday 26th of August 2012.

The first Butoh Festival Dublin will be held in both Back Loft and Dance House with a fine programme, presenting Irish and international artists.

On four days, ButohDublin will give you the exciting opportunity to fully emerge yourself into exploring Butoh from different angles and through various channels like live-performances, workshops, lectures and films.

Performances by Bridget Scott (Japan) on Thursday, Ambra Bergamasco (Ireland) on Friday and Ken Mai (Finland) on Saturday will give you fine examples of the many approaches to Butoh, while
you can viscerally explore the ideas in the Workshops led by those three exceptional artists on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Lectures will be held by social anthropologist and performer Dr. Michael Weiss (Austria) on Convergences toward the Ritual Transmission of Butō through Ohno Yoshito, and visual and
performing artist Fergus Byrne will introduce you to Beckett and his Footfall's Dark Steps.

International short films will be presented in a BringYourOwnBreakfast morning (we'll make
coffee and tea) and together with Ambra Bergamasco's live-performance on Friday evening.

More information on how to register for the workshops and how to get your tickets for the performances on, where you can also find information about the artists and their work.

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The Festival is supported by Back Loft, Dance Ireland and the individuals who pledged for our crowd-funding campaign.

Butoh is a contemporary dance form originated in Japan in the 1960s, in the aftermath of the nuclear bombing and the destruction caused. Butoh is described as a profoundly humane art form, speaking from soul to soul, where the dancers create archetypical images through movement, which are not bound to codified shapes. In Butoh, we can witness the beauty of creation and decay, experience silence and explore many forms of human expressions.

Butoh Dublin are a small but dedicated group of people who got together to organise a one of kind intimate festival that would facilitate a kinetic, visual and audible engagement with butoh, one that is speaking to the mind and the body equally through performance, open workshops, talks and film screening.

For more information on the Festival and on interim events please see

For a taste of Butho click on this link