Posts Tagged ‘Butoh-vocal theatre’
I looked at my Twitter feed this morning and saw this tweet. An early birthday present? How sweet! I love Nigeria and Nigeria loves me… so much, they’ve made me a celebrity. I am thrilled to have my butoh-vocal theatre work recognized. Love and blessings to all.
— 9ja Celebrity Facts (@CelebsFacts9ja) April 8, 2013
It’s been a long time since I updated this blog. Thanks to you all who are following! Things have been wild and surprising since my last post.
I was accepted to NYU – Tisch’s Performance Studies Master’s program and have been reading all sorts of beautiful, inspiring and complicated theories about the ways we humans perform ourselves and our identities and how we structure society and experience…
I made a trip to Nigeria in which I narrowly missed being in Abuja on the same day of a bombing that claimed many lives.
I’ve also gotten into a television series that will premiere on channel 25 here in NYC but that’s another story for another time.
Before I began my studies at NYU, I collaborated with some friends on a new and I think, final, installment in my Fire Butoh Series that began in 2007.
I have been very emotionally affected by fire all my life. The basement of of our first house in America caught on fire once… and I’m a fire sign. Fire keeps us warm, lights our way in the dark, cooks our food and dances. I hoped to be that magical and have given much consideration to this living organism, fire.
Without further ado, I present to you, “Fire Butoh 4!”
Thanks to Mikhail Torich, Teddy Bonsu, Kristen Bacino and Bryant Keller for all their help on this shoot! Lots of love!! -E.
AVANT-GARDE NIGERIAN ARTIST DEVELOPS BUTOH-VOCAL THEATRE
In August, Eseohe Arhebamen led a Butoh dance workshop at The Living Theatre, a performance space located in downtown Manhattan. Known as the “Dance of Darkness,” Butoh is a contemporary avant-garde dance form which was originally performed in Japan in 1959. Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences from the Japanese artist tradition and performance art.
Born in West Africa, Nigeria, Eseohe is an international multi-media performer residing in Brooklyn, NY. She is also known on stage and in performance, as Edoheart. Eseohe has taught different art forms to adults and children for many years in Detroit and New York; as Edoheart, she intimately incorporates language into her Butoh dance workshops.
An award winning poet, writer, and student of both Butoh and African theater, it is Eseohe’s “passion for language” (her own Nigeria boasts 512 of them) that has led her to explore “the semiotic nature of audio/visual communication” and “the channeling of language through movement.” Typically known for its extreme imagery and white-body makeup, the addition of vocalizations to the art form is quite an innovation coming from the Nigerian artist. (more…)