Dates: August 25 and 27
Times: 7:30 p.m. (25th) and 11:30 p.m. (27th)
Location: The Pilot on Navigation
5102 Navigation, Houston, Texas 77011
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As a society, we face enormous challenges of cultural and personal identity crisis amid rapid mass-media/globalization/digitalization. What Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata said has a deep meaning still now: “Why don’t we return to just our body?”. The body contains it ALL: birth and death, male and female, the East and the West, the Oppressed & the Oppressor, the ancestors, the earth and the universe are all in the body. The body is a country of our spirit and Butoh is the roadmap. Butoh empowers us to go deeply into the UNIVERSE of our BODIES, to go beyond our ego and to metamorphose into everything of the universe.
In this performance, the dancers will interchange past with present. Los Conquistadores were the solders of the Spanish Empire that sailed to the Americas to conquer lands and conquer peoples. What can we learn about ourselves and each other when we emBODY these ancient narratives? What can we discover when we emBODY our own ancient hiSTORY? Excavating the shadow of our cultural lineage, facing the uncomfortable and the unpleasant truths of our own ancestry, investigating the Oppressed and the Oppressor both rooted in our bodies and in our consciousness…acknowledging, honoring, letting go and transcending the dark past of yesterday as we responsibly step towards the Light of tomorrow.
Born and raised in the concrete jungle of Houston, Ivan Espinosa is a performance artist and social activist currently based in Olympia, Washington. Ivan's work, primarily influenced and inspired by Japanese Butoh, explores how we can use the body to inscribe the political/social narratives & counter-narratives of liberation and awakening that our society is yearning for. As a choreographer, Ivan has performed dozens of original works everywhere from college campuses and outdoor festivals to living rooms and underground dance parties, including a recent debut at the Seattle Butoh Festival. Ivan's newest work was a Memorial Day performance on the steps of the Washington State Capitol in memoriam of the civilians killed by U.S. bombings in the 21st century (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen). Ivan is currently completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he leads a Butoh study and performance group called the Embodied Arts Tribe.