ButohOUT!2019@Abbotsford Convent 12March- 12May 2019

ButouOUT!2019 @Abbotsford Convent

Forbidden Laughter


Abbotsford Convent

12 March - 12 May 2019


“The action of laughing is like the breaking of the stiff mask of ego.

When we laugh, the authentic spirit jumps out from deep inside of us”  

Keiichi Ueno

ButohOUT! is an annual festival celebrating creative communities and the profound performance art of Butoh. Originally called Dance of Darkness, Butoh was conceived in Japan in the late 1950s during the social turmoil after the Second World War. It goes beyond the confines of specific culture, gender, status and religion, aspiring to universal expression that touches the true nature of humanity.

ButohOUT! 2019 will challenge the commonly held conception of Butoh as dark and grotesque, and will ask: “Can the audience laugh at Butoh? Can we portray comedy in Butoh?”  In the Japanese language the word for laughter warau 笑う comes from the verb wareru 割れる- to break, crack or split.

Exploring the theme, ‘Forbidden Laughter’, ButohOUT! 2019 will focus on surreal comedy. The Butoh will draw upon cabaret, bouffon, burlesque, physical theatre and visual art installation.

Open to experienced dancers, newcomers, children and families, the ButohOUT! program presents an exciting opportunity for participants and audiences to learn from expert practitioners and experience this unique performance arts form. Workshop participants have the opportunity to receive mentoring and present original solo and group works at the Convent during the public performance season in May.

Artistic director Yumi Umiumare
Producer Takashi Takiguchi
Dramaturg Maude Davey
Visual artist Pimpisa Tinpalit

Funded by Creative Victoria
Presented in partnership with Abbotsford Convent Foundation

Photography Vikk Shayen


Weekly Butoh Workshop

12 March - 16 April 2019

Weekend Workshop

"Breaking the Dark Mask"

29 March - 31 March 2019

Weekend Intensive Workshop

5 April - 7 April 2019

Free Family Workshop

Convent Kids presents: Peek-A-Butoh

23 March 2019


2 - 12 May

Industrial School,

Abbotsford Convent


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