Butoh in Humboldt, 2017 – 2018

Becoming Monster 1Butoh in Humboldt

September 1, 2017 – May 27, 2018
Various locations around Humboldt County

With the support of the Synapsis Performance Collective in Eureka, local Butoh Dance artists Leslie Castellano and Jordan Rosin are pleased to present an entire academic calendar year full of Butoh-related activities right here in Humboldt County, California. From classes and workshops to performances and film screenings, the aim of Butoh in Humboldt is to share the beauty and power of this incredible art form / creative philosophy with all.


By-Donation Community Butoh Class
2nd & 4th Sundays, 4:30pm – 6:30pm @ Synapsis Nova
(January 14 through May 27, 2018, except Feb. 25 and April 8)
Suggested Donation: $15
2nd Sundays led by Jordan Rosin; 4th Sundays led by Leslie Castellano
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“DREAM DANCES™” with Jordan Rosin
September 1 & 2, 2017 @ Synapsis Nova, Eureka
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“River Bank & Redwoods Dance Workshop” with Jordan Rosin
October 21 & 22, 2017 (outdoors & by-donation)
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“tremors: the anatomy of exposure

what happens when we release our armor?” with Leslie Castellano
November 12, 2017, noon-4 pm @ Synapsis Nova, Eureka
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“monsters of delight: dances of otherness and wonder” with Leslie Castellano
February 24 & 25, 2018, noon-4pm @ Synapsis Nova, Eureka
with a showing at 5pm on February 25
“Butoh Dance: Alchemy of the Spirit” with Jordan Rosin
April 7 & 8, 2018 @ Synapsis Nova, Eureka


Dreams Cabaret (produced by Synapsis Performance Collective) @ Synapsis Nova
September 2, 2017 — 9PM
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Humboldt Butoh Festival 
3 days of workshops, performances, panel discussion & film screening @ Synapsis Nova.
Special Guest: Anastazia Louise of Bad Unkle Sista (San Francisco, CA)
January 19 – 21, 2018
more info

“monsters of delight: dances of otherness and wonder” @ Synapsis Nova
February 25, 2018 — 5PM

PLUS other performances, guest teachers, and community classes to be announced.

Dates & locations subject to change. For up-to-date info, check back here often or click here to join Jordan’s mailing list.

Q: What is butoh?

Butoh is a style of dance and philosophy of creating total theatre originating from Japan in the mid twentieth century. While sometimes marked by grotesque imagery and taboo themes, the main aim of the work as a performer is to reveal tacit knowledge hidden in the body, and to promote self-realization through discovery of your most authentic movement. Butoh training promotes physical endurance and expressiveness, spiritual consciousness, and creativity for performers and non-performers alike.



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