OPEN Indy 
with Vangeline
November 2021

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 (a work that began as an artistic commission from Surface Area Dance Theatre with support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund UK).


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. Her choreographed work has been performed in Chile, Hong Kong, Germany, Denmark, France, UK, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.


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.


Vangeline’s work has been heralded in publications such as the New York Times (“captivating”) and Los Angeles Times (“moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist”) to name a few.


Widely regarded as an expert in her field, Vangeline has taught at Cornell 

University, New York University, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Sarah Lawrence, and Princeton University (Princeton Atelier). Film projects include a starring role alongside actors James Franco and Winona Ryder in the feature film by director Jay Anania, 'The Letter" (2012-Lionsgate). 


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, which explores the intersection of butoh and neuroscience. Her work is the subject of CNN’s “Great Big Story” "Learning to Dance with your Demons.”

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Photo Credit: Matthew Placek

OPEN Indy Performances
Nov. 12th & 13th at 7pm
Tube Factory Artspace - Big Car Collaborative

Vangeline will present a new work, Eternity 123, which is the third installment of a feminist triptych. Performances of Eternity 123, choregraphed and performed by Vangline, are a part of the 2021 Spirit and Place Festival and are presented in partnership with Big Car Collaborative. 


Photo Credit: Michael Blase

OPEN Indy Workshops
Nov. 5th, 6th, 7th, & 9th
Indy Movement Arts

During her residency, Vangeline will be facilitating 3 in person workshops and 1 online workshop. Each workshop will be a unique experience. All workshops are open level and beginners are most welcome.

OPEN Indy 2021 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.