Butoh Medea

Sat 8th – Sun 30th Aug 2015


“East meets West: Japanese Butoh dance and Greek theatre breathe new life into the ancient tale of Medea”





Ren Gyo Soh/Live Arts Collaboration, Inc.


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, despair and the struggle between her humanity and inhumanity take hold.

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: Best One-Woman Show, Best Lighting Design, Best Costume Design and Best Choreography. 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 dance form of Butoh. The creative team include: director Brian Rhinehart, playwright Sean Michael Welch, co-choreographer Jordan Rosin, costume designer Deepsikha Chaterjee, lighting designer Derek Van Heel and UK producer Laura Kressly.

Admission: £8(£6)

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