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ButohOUT! 2019 - Forbidden Laughter

Forbidden Laughter
Abbotsford Convent
2 May -12 May 2019

Forbidden Laughter celebrates the powerful performance medium of Butoh, inviting audiences
to experience surreal narratives within a bizarre and mysterious installation at the rustic Industrial School,
Abbotsford Convent. 

Conceived by leading Butoh artist Yumi Umiumare in collaboration with Takashi TakiguchiForbidden laughter is freshly unearthed! Award-winning performer, Maude Davey, the unstoppable force of Weave Movement Theatre, devious duo Willow J Conway & Zya Kane and the ButohOUT! Ensemble create strange and absurd stories woven between worlds that are mythically sacred and divinely carnal. The sensibilities of East and West collide in a contemporary setting designed by the internationally acclaimed Thai sculptor, Pimpisa Tinpalit.

ButohOUT! is an annual festival celebrating creative communities and the profound performance art of Butoh. Originally called Dance of Darkness, Butoh was conceived in the Japan in the late 1950s during the social turmoil after the Second World War. It goes beyond the confines of specific culture, gender, status and religion, aspiring to universal expression
that touches the true nature of humanity. ButohOUT! 2019 will challenge the commonly held perception of Butoh as dark and grotesque, and will ask:
“Can the audience laugh at Butoh? Can we portray comedy in Butoh?”
— and the answer is a resounding YES!

ButohOUT! Festival is supported by Creative Victoria
Presented in partnership with Abbotsford Covent Foundation

2(Thur) May 7:30pm - Preview
3(Fri) May 7:30pm - Opening
4(Sat) May 7:30pm
5(Sun) May 5pm - Auslan Interpreted and Audio Descriptive performance

9(Thur) May 7:30pm
10(Fri) May 7:30pm
1(Sat) May 7:30pm
12(Sun May 5pm

Accessibility and Companion Card Holder

Abbotsford Covent - Industrial School is a fully accessible venue, there is a gentle ramp to enter the building and the wheelchair accessible toilets are availble.  Should you require special seating arrangement or/and if you are a Companion Card holder,  please contact at info@takashitakiguchi.com

Refund Policy

Tickets are non-refundable, except as required by the Live Performance Australia (LPA) Ticketing Code of Conduct. Tickets can be exchanged for a different date (where available); exchanges are charged at $5 per transaction.
We also accept ticket name changes at no charge.



Abbotsford Convent (Industrial School), 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067

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