What is it Butoh?
According to Weave Movement Theatre, one of the collaborators on Forbidden Laughter,
"Butoh is an avant-garde dance and theatre form that originated in Japan in the late 1950s as a reaction to the social turmoil post World War II. Butoh attempts to ‘expose the joys and sorrows of life, exploring the most fundamental elements of physical and psychological existence’, it is based on expression rather than aesthetics"
Forbidden Laughter is much more than this though.
Maude Davey, Weave Movement Theatre, Pimpisa Tinpalit, Yumi Umiumare and Takashi Takiguchi team up and take you down the rabbit hole of this dance form. Throughout the performance the cast repeatedly question what Butoh is and more importantly is it okay to laugh? The good news is yes, you can.
With hidden surprises along the way. This part dance, part theatrical performance, part immersive piece is something very different to what you may expect to see at the heritage listed convent.
The work is very accessible and inclusive bringing together a big cast hailing from all walks of life including those with special needs. The audience is included and welcomed in as well, with no fourth wall you leave feeling you were part of what happened. There are many things to take in, notions of "the impossible task" are explored in vignettes and installations throughout the space.
The strong commitment from the entire cast transfixes your attention until the end.
If you are looking for something different, buy your tickets now and don't be afraid to laugh.
2019 ButohOUT! Festival
Forbidden Laughter Showcase
Weave Movement Theatre, Yumi Umiumare and ButohOUT
Choreography Yumi Umiumare
Venue: Abbotsford Convent (Industrial School) | 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC
Dates: 2 – 12 May 2019
Tickets: $20 – $25