Choreographed and Performed by
Featuring Music by
Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Ray Sweeten
Eternity123 is the third installment of a feminist dance triptych choreographed and performed by Vangeline (Elsewhere-2018, Erasure-2019, and Eternity123).
Eternity123 traces the symbolic journey of women's liberation across time. With this piece, Vangeline also celebrates the impact of women on the art form butoh, exploring the link between women, butoh and "cabaret."
"In the 70s and 80s, women butoh dancers danced in 'cabarets' to make a living in Tokyo," says Vangeline. "this history has led to unique methods and contributions by women in our field-contributions that have typically been overlooked. In the 1990s, I also made a living in New York as a go go/burlesque/vaudeville dancer. In this piece, I celebrate women trailblazers while playfully exploring these layers of history."
Behind all significant cultural movements and changes in history, the lives of countless women can be found, as well as countless voices that have been silenced. As we challenge our collective memory by telling their stories, we redefine the importance of women's participation in society.
The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in Japanese butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh while carrying it into the twenty-first century. She is a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Artist Fellow in Choreography for Elsewhere.
With her all-female dance company, Vangeline's socially conscious performances tie together butoh and activism. Vangeline is the founder of the New York Butoh Institute Festival, which elevates the visibility of women in butoh, and the festival Queer Butoh. She pioneered the award-winning, 15-year running program The Dream a Dream Project, which brings butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State.
She is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance Social Action Award and the 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London. her work as an educator, choreographer, and curator has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, New York department of Cultural Affairs, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Council on the Arts, Robert Friedman Foundation, and Asian/American Arts Alliance.
In recent years, she has been commissioned by triple Grammy Award-winning artists Esperanza Spalding, Skrillex and by David J. (Bauhaus.). She is the author of the critically-acclaimed book Butoh: Cradling Empty Space.
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Eternity 123 is a part of the Spirit & Place Festival. Spirit & Place is supported by: Lilly Endowment, The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Bohlsen Group, The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.d your own text and edit me. It'
Vangeline's residency is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with Additional contributions from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Crane Group.d your own text and edit me. It's easy.
Performances of Eternity 123 are presented in partnership with Big Car Collaborative.d your own text and edit me. It's easy.