Wandering and Wondering in Sea Tac

Joan Laage, Red (c) 2010 Joan Laage
Joan Laage, Red (c) 2010 Joan Laage
Joan Laage, Red (c) 2010 Joan Laage
Joan Laage, Red © 2010 Joan Laage

 

Kogut Butoh, Wandering and Wondering

Saturday, July 14, 1:00-3:00 pm

Highline Botanical Seike Japanese Garden

Looking for peace in this increasingly hot and busy summer?

Kogut Butoh, directed by Joan Laage, will give a free performance of Wandering and Wondering at the Highline Botanical Seike Japanese Garden in SeaTac on Saturday, July 14, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Visitors to this butoh performance will freely encounter dancers and musicians engaged in spontaneous, minute-by-minute responses to all the sounds, sights, and sensations of the garden.

Butoh is a contemporary avant-garde dance that erupted out of the turmoil and loss of identity in post-War Japan. Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation, German Expressionist dance, and traditional Japanese performing arts to create a unique art form that is both controversial and universal.

Kogut director Joan Laage studied in Tokyo with butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in the late 80s and performed with Ashikawa’s second company, Gnome. Known as a NW butoh pioneer, Laage lectures on Japanese traditional arts and butoh as a guest at Cornish College and several other universities.

The Highline Botanical Gardens are open daily in SeaTac and started when airport expansion forced Elda and Ray Behm to relocate their garden. The Seiko garden was relocated, as well, in the summer of 2006, and was originally built in 1961 as a war memorial to designer Shintaro Okada’s fallen son.

This project received funding from 4Culture Site-Specific and is presented in partnership with the Highline Botanical Gardens.