By Alice Cary

Butoh is a unique dance form that emerged following the conflicts of World War II. Its poignant style is a translation of the horrors of war and at the time of its founding, it became a way people could express their emotions. The movements during a performance are initially slow, but as the sound effects progress, motions become more vivid and obvious. Facial expressions are a significant aspect of butoh; the performer often looks possessed or in pain as their eyes roll back into their head, their mouths open and breathe heavily. The abstract style is artistic and unusual. It is often improvised and based-on the performer’s connection with sound, the surrounding environment and their inner feelings.

Renowned for her choreography and butoh performances, French dancer Vangeline founded the Vangeline Theater to bring the Japanese style to New York. She recently performed at Daniel Arsham’s Lunar Garden installation that showed at The Gallery at Cadillac House from September until November and, in collaboration with Visionaire, featured in a film. Directed by Matthew Placek, the film features intimate shots of Vangeline moving slowly across the raked sand of Arsham’s zen garden, disturbing its perfect linear format.

Make-up: James Kaliardos Hair: Shingo Shibata Dress: Caroline Hu Styling: Daniel Edley

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