A Butoh performance organized by the Arshinagar Project will take place on Saturday 27th February 2016.
The Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Subbody Butoh School, “Katha’ Koli” & The Arshinagar Project invites you to watch
“Resonating” with Kali & The Sick Dancing Princess – which is a performance by a group of contemporary Butoh artists from Subbody Butoh School & Janardan Ghosh.
This piece seeks to weave around the legend of ‘Kali’ , an adaptation of “Sick Dancing Princess: through ‘Butoh’ movement, soundscapes verses & readings.
‘Kali’ is so many things. We consider here, ‘Kali’, as a metaphor of a passage through one’s dark unconsciousness, a process of ‘catharsis’.
“Butoh’, a movement & performance art form, seeks to distance one from the outside world, to dig deeper into one’s self, through a conversation with one’s own body, which does not seek to express but to immerse in the universal self. It is a resonance with spirits.
“Sick Dancing Princess” – a piece written by Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of Butoh, but never performed by him. it goes like this:
“Hey look at them!”
Insects are alive without breathing. An old man – aware of the the uselessness of body, still walks paying sensitive attention and shrinking the body.
Your skin spreads with the sensitive attention and shrinks with encountering with unknown world. Your feet step into unknown world. Your face becomes many feelers to catch invisible something. Your tail and back is listening to the spirits behind you. Your spine is slided and twisted into strange directions. The unknown world attacks you, eats you, invades you in various ways.
The brightness and darkness of your short breaths connect with your body. Many worms, strange heat, steam, anxiety, unknown things enter into your body through skin. Your body loses the outlines and becomes the smoke bugs, flying together above the field with seeking some forms to borrow. Your body starts secret talking only by body. You become a fetus in the mud…