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In celebration of Pride 2020, Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute is proud to present Queer Butoh 2020 (DIGITAL) in collaboration with Howl Arts. This year, we are proud to virtually present the works of Mee Ae, Dustin Maxwell, and Scoop Slone. At its origin, the introduction of Butoh in Japan was widely controversial. The first homoerotic Butoh performance, Kinjiki (Forbidden Colors) created by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1958, caused controversy amongst its spectators.
"Butoh is essentially the dance of the marginalized, and the LGBTQ population is still largely marginalized in the world," says Vangeline, curator of this series. "This year, despite obvious challenges, it is particularly important to find ways to celebrate our LGBTQ artists for the 50th-anniversary celebration of Pride." Artists Featured: Me Ae in Swoon; Dustin Maxwell in In a dark forest partly illuminated: portal, and Scoop Slone in Fragments.