Jennie Cockrell of strange daughters butoh is a dancer, choreographer and teacher of butoh and modern dance. She has been an active dance artist for over a decade, choreographing and performing her one work in addition to that of Asheville Anenome Dance Theater. Jenni has regularly performed in the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and the (Re)Happening as well as in Cuba and Mexico. She receiver her M.A. in Dance and Women's Studies from UNC-Greensboro (2002), where her these project investigating female butoh artists won the Sally Schindel Cone Award for Excellence in Women's Studies. Jenni approaches dance as a laboratory to explore the quirkiness and rawness of life. strangedaughtersbutoh.com
Biosphere is a family-friendly tale of elemental proportions. It describes the imaginary mythic evolution of a complex living world from birth to destruction. This floating quilt-like ocean planet, where puppets and human bodies materialize and merge, transforms to produce colorful, magical landscapes.
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Performed at Uwabe- Art in the Park in 2014
Concept and Direction: Julie Becton Gillum
Music: Kimathi Moore
Quilt and costumes: Julie Becton Gillum in collaboration with Madison J Cripps and Keith Schubert
Dancers: Sara Baird, Jenni Cockrell, Giles Collard, Madison J Cripps
Filmed and produced by Misha with Studio M studiomisha.com
If you've never experienced Butoh before, you're missing out. This is the raw and primal emotional expression that true artists and creative spirits thrive one.
The Anenome Dance Theater is putting on a fundraiser to support their passion for dance and the larger performances in October. Come and enjoy live music and dance with a silent auction, drink a glass of wine and support Ashevilel Butoh and Anenome Dance Theater Troop, all for a small donation of $20. Go to ashevillebutoh.com or anenomedance.org for more details. You won't want to miss out.
What is Butoh:
Butoh (舞踏 Butō?) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. The art form is known to "resist fixity" and be difficult to define.
All proceeds go directly to create new choreography by
Sara Baird of Anemone Dance Theater
Julie Becton Gillum of Legacy Butoh
and Jenni Cockrell of Strange Daughters Butoh