Natsu Nakajima Video Screening & Lecture


Natsu Nakajima Video Screening & Lecture

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ONE NIGHT ONLY: October 23rd - 7pm

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Please join us for a very special evening with Natsu Nakajima - one of the first ladies of butoh, and a foundational figure in 20th century dance and physical theater. Natsu will be sharing a lecture on butoh as well as videos of her work with disabled dancers. This may be Natsu’s last visit to Portland, so we are incredibly honored to be hosting this incredible dance legend one final time.

Natsu Nakajima (b. 1943 Sakhalin) has been one of the most prominent figures in butoh dance since its foundation in Tokyo in the 1960s, and one of its foremost pioneers abroad. Training under both Hijikata Tatsumi and Kazuo Ohno, Nakajima went on to establish her own dance company, Muteki-sha, in 1969, with whom she has been performing and choreographing internationally since the early 1980s. Her highly acclaimed performance of ‘Niwa’ at LIFT ‘83 (London) marked the beginning of this international touring career, and led to performances at festivals such as FIND (Montreal), the Nancy Festival, and the Sydney Biennale. In addition to her performance and choreographic work, Nakajima has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, and has been one of the forerunners of dance for the disabled in Japan.


Natsu Nakajima in her lecture/speech about Butoh Dance in ORACLES Theatre/Studio (Barcelona) as part of her butoh workshop teaching. 7th October 2017. Organized by Orland Verdú. Supported by Grup Cultural EXEO & Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya. + INF.