Wednesday, February 17, 2021

MARCH IS MUSIC 2021 – 15th Anniversary!


MARCH IS MUSIC 2021 – 15th Anniversary!
Multigenre Concert Series Announces Virtual Lineup


Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater announces lineup of traditional, classical, and contemporary artists marking the 15th Anniversary of its popular March Is Music concert series. 15 free events total! 8 concerts by Latinx and international talent plus 6 special episodes of Pregones/PRTT’s Spotlight: Creatives at Work and Bronx Film Wednesdays illustrate the series’ expansive curatorial vision and status as a must-do event for artists and music lovers alike. Concerts newly recorded at Pregones Theater in The Bronx, one of the most vibrant live performance venues in all of New York City, and in partnership with MIFA/Victory Theatre. All broadcasts free of charge on social media and public access channels of BronxNet Community Television. A festive MIM15 Happy Hour for all friends of March Is Music is scheduled for March 27, RSVP for invitation! March 1-28, 2021 — Free Online! WWW.PREGONESPRTT.ORG




Pianist Desmar Guevara, Pregones/PRTT’s longtime Resident Composer and Musical Director, favors new music idioms in Latin Jazz and experimental and non-traditional music for live theater performance. One of 5 Spotlight episodes celebrating MIM15.


Wednesday, March 3, 9:30PM – HOMEGROWN: HIPLIFE IN GHANA (Hip Hop)

Bronx Film Wednesdays travels to Africa in honor the of the 15th anniversary of March Is Music with a special one-time screening of filmmaker Eli-Jacobs Fantauzzi’s HomeGrown: HipLife in Ghana. A feature-length documentary about music group VIP (Vision In Progress), the film tracks ten years of their journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. They grow from being teenagers with a shared dream to musicians with fans around the world. Interview with the director by Sonyi Lopez of BronxNet.

Saturday, March 6, 8PM – EL PUERTO RICO 3: IDENTITY DUETS (Contemporary Chamber)

The Victory Players Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the direction of Music Director Tianhui Ng, performs a virtual chamber concert featuring duets by six composers commissioned by MIFA Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts / Victory Theatre in Holyoke, MA. Now in its third year, the goal of MIFA’s El Puerto Rico is to acquaint audiences with the exciting work of living Puerto Rican composers, this year’s stellar roster includes Gabriel Bouche Caro, Carlos Carrillo, Johanny Navarro, Christian A. Quiñones, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, and Omar Surillo.


Sunday, March 7, 4PM – MIKHAILOFF PRIMAKOV DUO (Classical)

Oxana Mikhailoff and Vassily Primakov have known each other for 30 years. They spent formative years at the Moscow State Conservatory under the tutelage of the legendary Vera Gornostaeva. That experience formed an unbreakable bond between the two pianists, whose playing is hailed by critics, respectively, as “poetic and sensitive” and “exceptional, refined, multicolored.” For this MIM anniversary they perform works by Mozart, Liszt, and Strauss. | Bronx Piano Sundays


Pregones/PRTT collaborating pianist Carlos Cuevas and longtime ensemble musician and bass whiz Waldo Chávez have blazed trails in Latin music and share a passion for the work of live Latinx musical theater. One of 5 Spotlight episodes celebrating MIM15.

Saturday, March 13, 8PM – ALEX GARCÍA’s AFROMANTRA (Latin Jazz)

Led by Chilean-Cuban drummer/composer Alejandro “Alex” García, AfroMantra combines rich harmonies with the powerful rhythms and flavors of North and Latin America. With a contemporary outlook, the four-piece band skillfully balances original compositions that draw from Caribbean, South American, and North American traditions and influences. “Magisterial in its melodic and harmonic intent” (Latin Jazz Network). Lineup includes Carlos Chong on guitar, Álvaro Benavides on bass, and Coto Pincheira on keyboard.

Sunday, March 14, 4PM – SARA DAVIS BUECHNER (Classical)

Internationally acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner returns to MIM with a masterful program titled ¡Danza! A Celebration of Hispanic Piano Music. The program features works by Mompou, Cervantes, Turina, Longas, and Buechner’s own New York Scrapbook with a section dedicated to The Bronx! Noted for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (NY Times), Sara is undoubtedly one of today’s most original artists. | Bronx Piano Sundays


Two stalwarts of Pregones/PRTT’s acting and music ensemble —bassist Álvaro Benavides and percussionist Nicky “Cajadura” Laboy— share from their dazzling careers on and off the stage. One of 5 Spotlight episodes celebrating MIM15.


Saturday, March 20, 8PM – YASSER TEJEDA + PALOTRÉ (Afro Dominican Fusion)

Yasser Tejeda & Palotré is a New York-based Dominican fusion group that is giving traditional folkloric music a new spin with jazz, rock, and Caribbean rhythms in “a frenzied celebration of ancestral union” (Billboard). “Palotré invigorates the bachata and merengue tradition with a post-Hendrix, post-Jaco, post-Bob Marley aesthetic that is positively brimming with hip ideas and an edgy electric quality” (Jazz Times).

Sunday, March 21, 4PM – MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA (Classical)

Pianist Margarita Rovenskaya grew up listening to classical composers in the kitchen, while her grandmother cooked, and started taking lessons at the age of six. She has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad and is a prize-winner of the prestigious Constantine the Great International Competition, WPTA Finland International Competition, and American Fine Arts Festival, among others. For her MIM debut, Rita will perform Antonín Dvořák’s thirteen-part Poetic Tone Pictures, the Czech composer’s longest and most elaborate piano cycle. | Bronx Piano Sundays


March Is Music is the dream come true of Pregones/PRTT’s Associate Artistic Director and Chief Curator of music programs, Alvan Colón Lespier. A seasoned director of musical theater, he talks about his lifelong love of the stage, his creative relationship with all things musical, his initial vision for a world-class music series curated by Latinx artists and hosted annually in the South Bronx, and the series’ future yet! One of 5 Spotlight episodes celebrating MIM15.

Saturday, March 27, 8PM – HOMMY RAMOS’ TROMBEATZ (Latin Jazz)

Led by trombonist Hommy Ramos with percussionist Nelson Bello, Trombeatz is a dynamic and adventuresome ensemble whose debut album, A Caribbean Thing, was released to great acclaim by Truth Revolution. The group has performed in Puerto Rico and throughout the eastern U.S. and is known for its high energy and melodic skill. “At once soulful and sophisticated, [the band] reflects a deep understanding of the Latin Jazz tradition, while taking the music somewhere fresh” (Steve “Stevie-D” Davis).

Sunday, March 28, 4PM – MORIAH TRENK/ZHENNI LI DUO (Classical)

Moriah Trenk, praised for her “fluid and graceful style” (Villages News), is current Company Pianist at the prestigious Pennsylvania Ballet. Zhenni Li, hailed for her “torrents of voluptuous sound” (Gramophone Magazine), is a Steinway Artist and founder of both The Last Soirée and Fishin’ in C music series. Both are seasoned, traveled, and daring musicians whose coming together sets off sparks of technical prowess and sentiment. Their MIM program includes works by Debussy, Brahms, Barber, and Piazzolla. | Bronx Piano Sundays


Pregones/PRTT’s Production Manager, Jessica Moya, and our Sound Engineer, Milton Ruiz, know the magic of March Is Music inside out and behind the scenes. They share from all they get to see and make technically exact. One of 5 Spotlight episodes celebrating MIM15.



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JOIN HAPPY HOUR on March 28th at 7pm:

To join our extra special MIM 15th Anniversary Happy Hour make sure to RSVP on our website. We will follow up with event login information by email. Surprises in store!

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Pregones/PRTT. For a full list of funders, please visit

PREGONES/PRTT / Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is an award-winning acting and music ensemble, multidiscipline arts presenter, and owner/steward of bilingual arts facilities in The Bronx and Manhattan. Our mission is to champion a Puerto Rican/Latinx cultural legacy of universal value through creation and performance of original plays and musicals, exchange and partnership with other artists of merit, and engagement of diverse audiences. Our year-round programs offer attractive and affordable opportunities for arts access and participation to NYC residents and visitors alike.

MARCH IS MUSIC / Building on a commitment to present artists of the highest caliber in The Bronx, this multi-genre series showcases the range and vitality of today’s varied musical cultures. Curated by seasoned Latinx artists, series concerts and dialogues draw links between music, dance, and popular culture, highlight ruptures and continuities in form and content, and make room for intercultural fusion and exchange. Chief curators: Alvan Colón Lespier, Associate Artistic Director, and Desmar Guevara, Resident Composer and Musical Director.

BRONX PIANO SUNDAYS / During and beyond the month of March, this subseries shines a spotlight on one of Pregones/PRTT’s prized possessions: a Steinway & Sons grand piano acquired with support from donors and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. Stellar pianists are invited to perform works of all styles and eras on this magnificent concert hall instrument.

SPOTLIGHT: CREATIVES AT WORK / Inspiration and provocations from performing artists and media makers of color. Filmed primarily at Pregones Theater in The Bronx during the Covid-19 lockdown, the series features theater, music, dance, and film/media artists you ought to know. Each episode is a snappy 30-minute compendium of conversation and performance.

BRONX FILM WEDNESDAYS / Pregones/PRTT’s monthly film series screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films. Travel the world and open your mind to stories from as far as the imagination can go. Selections are hand-picked to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity, each program includes winning films from our Bronx-based 21 Islands International Short Film Fest.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

La urgencia de escribir teatro: tele-taller de Teatro Círculo desde el 6 de marzo

Diana Chery-Ramírez

Eva Cristina Vásquez

Fernando Travesí

Teatro Círculo de Nueva York ofrece su Tele-taller de Dramaturgia con la maestra Diana Chery-Ramírezdel 6 de marzo al 22 de mayo de 2021, para promover la escritura escénica en español.  De entre las obras que resulten de esta actividad, Teatro Círculo escogerá un grupo que formará parte de su temporada 2022. 

El más reciente programa de Teatro Círculo está dirigido a la enseñanza de la escritura escénica: Tele-taller de Dramaturgia: La urgencia de escribir teatro

Según José Cheo Oliveras, director artístico de la agrupación, “Cada vez son más personas que desean acercarse a la escritura de teatro en español.  Ante esa necesidad, Teatro Círculo ha creado un espacio -a través de la plataforma Zoom- en el que estas personas recibirán las herramientas necesarias para crear textos que reflejan la complejidad de nuestro tiempo”.

Por su modalidad virtual, en el taller pueden participar adultos de cualquier parte del mundo, interesados en la dramaturgia y las artes escénicas en general.

El taller brinda una oportunidad única: “De los trabajos creados en el taller, Teatro Círculo seleccionará un grupo de piezas a ser mostradas en nuestra temporada 2022”, declara Oliveras.

Diana Chery-Ramírez, actriz, directora y dramaturga está a cargo del taller.  Comenta la autora que: “El taller propone un espacio de creación en donde se exploran temas de justicia social dentro de los contextos actuales que aquejan o estimulan a cada uno de forma diferente”.

Agrega Chery-Ramírez que: “Durante el confinamiento y el distanciamiento social, que ciudades y países están enfrentando en modos y fases distintas, este taller espera poder convertir las limitaciones de tiempo, espacio y socialización en hechos tangibles, sociales, y creativos. Cada participante tendrá la tarea de escribir una obra de teatro breve, entre cinco y veinte minutos. Así mismo, los miembros del taller podrán obtener retroalimentación y seguimiento individual durante la escritura de su obra”.

Acompañan a Diana los dramaturgos Eva Cristina Vásquez y Fernando Travesí quienes ofrecerán a los participantes charlas especializadas sobre distintos aspectos de la escritura teatral.

Tele-taller de Dramaturgia: La urgencia de escribir teatro

Dirigido a: Adultos interesados en la escritura y/o el quehacer teatral. 

Horario: De marzo 6 a mayo 22, 2021. Todos los sábados de 11:00am a 1:00 pm horario de Nueva York, USA. 

Duración: 12 sesiones de dos horas vía Zoom. Las reuniones serán grupales.  Algunas sesiones serán divididas para guiar a cada participante de forma individualizada.

Costo: US $75

Cupo limitado.

Información e inscripciones:

 El equipo

Diana Chery-Ramírez. Egresada de Artes Escénicas de ASAB en Bogotá. Maestría de Artes-Teatro de la Universidad Hunter de la Ciudad de Nueva York. Sus obras cuentan con publicaciones y montajes en Latinoamérica, España, y Los Estados Unidos. Su trabajo escrito explora lugares íntimos y cotidianos, espacios liminares que desarraigan como la migración y la soledad enmascarada en lo colectivo.


Eva Cristina Vásquez.  Es profesora de español, teatro y literatura en York College, CUNY, donde dirige el programa de Estudios Puertorriqueños.  Es la autora de Pregones Theatre:  A Theatre for Social Change in the South Bronx (Routledge, 2003) y de Círculo de plata:  Estrenos mundiales de Teatro Círculo (próxima a salir).  Escribe obras de teatro desde la actuación, siempre con miras a examinar su condición de mujer, puertorriqueña y negra.


Fernando Travesí.  Escritor y dramaturgo español galardonado con el Premio Nacional de Teatro Calderón de la Barca. Sus obras, han sido representadas en España, Latinoamérica y Nueva York. Además, Fernando es abogado de derecho internacional y director del Centro Internacional para la Justicia Transicional. Ha trabajado en países en conflicto para las Naciones Unidas y la Cruz Roja.  


Este programa es posible gracias al generoso auspicio de: NYC Cultural Affairs, New York Council on The Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation e Hispanic Federation.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Trans-Mission, The Adventure of Living: March 4 to April 4, 2021


José Ramón Photography

Callback Series Online 2021 by Teatro Circulo premieres the streaming version of Trans-Mission, a testimonial one-woman show written and performed by Barbara Herr directed by Luis Caballero from March 4 to April 4, 2021.

 The year 2017 set a tone in New York's Latino theater: for the first time a transgender actress, Barbara Herr, presented a one-woman show based on her experience before her gender reassignment surgery. The season was carried out under the program Callback Series of Teatro Círculo, which promotes emerging works whose quality merits the support of the group to make a season.

The response from the public and theater specialists did not wait.  For the playwright and author Joselo Arroyo, Trans-Mission: “it kept the audience in emotional ups and downs that achieved an ideal balance to enjoy this type of work to its full potential”; according to scholar Lawrence LaFountain Stokes, "Trans-Mission was a major cultural event."

Barbara Herr, author, and interpreter of the one-man show, comments, "I was very surprised how many people supported the project, how many people identified with this work, with this story, and with my life experience."

The Trans-Mission theme can be summed up as the decision to be true to yourself. In Barbara's everyday life, this came at the cost of facing countless obstacles justified by segregation, prejudice, and transphobia.

The story begins with a Puerto Rican boy in the Bronx, a victim of bullying. Over time, the character acquires the strength and honesty to fight for his identity as a woman. In the presentation, the audience listens to some therapeutic sessions before the reassignment surgery. It is an autobiographical work, sometimes painful, sometimes with grace which makes visible Latina trans women life.

The testimonial character of the monologue is highlighted by the work of the film and theater director Luis Caballero. Apart from the empathy between director and actress, Caballero presents an austere space with great plasticity.

In times of pandemic, Trans-Mission will be streamed. Therefore, the team decided to make a special version in this format. "The process was a little strange," says Barbara, "although it was recorded at Teatro Círculo and the technicians were there, the work was carried out in several sessions in the complex times of Covid," says the actress.

Trans-Mission is the union between art and life. It is a way of meeting an "other" who was invisible until recently and who is still struggling. It is a story in which the human being overcomes prejudice.

 Callback Series Online 2021 by Teatro Circulo


March 4 to April 4, 2021: 8:00 pm (Monday-Sunday)

Saturday & Sunday: 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Written and performed by Barbara Herr

Directed by Luis Caballero


Tickets: $ 10 at TEATROCIRCULO.COM

In English.

Photo: José Ramón Photography

This program is made possible by the generous sponsorship of NYC Cultural Affairs, New York Council on The Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Hispanic Federation.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Jacob: Nuevos espacios para la interpretación


Las productoras Proyectos en Ebullición (Venezuela) y Guarichas Films (Chile) se unen para la realización del corto JAKOB (extracto de la obra "Los puentes rotos" del dramaturgo venezolano Johnny Gavlovski E.)  La idea de hacer este cortometraje nace de la necesidad de buscar nuevos escenarios para la interpretación, pues como es sabido la pandemia hizo que todas las puertas para eventos o espacios de entretenimiento, como los teatros, se cerraran. Esto motivó que Gonzalo Irigoyen (Proyectos en Ebullición) contactara a Zindia Pino (actriz venezolana radicada en EEUU) para interpretar el extracto de la obra antes mencionada. En conjunto, deciden hacer parte del proyecto a Ross Palacios y Marisabel Ruiz (Guarichas Films) para la edición del corto. Es así como desde la distancia se llevó a cabo esta historia, que trae a la palestra un hecho histórico tan importante como lo fue el Holocausto y sus atrocidades.  En palabras de - Ban Ki-moom, Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas (2007 - 2016):


"Negar hechos históricos, especialmente en un tema como el Holocausto, es simplemente inaceptable. Como también es inaceptable pedir la eliminación de ningún Estado o Pueblo. Me gustaría ver que este principio fundamental es respetado tanto en la teoría como en la práctica por todos los miembros de la comunidad internacional". 


Los involucrados comentan "Hicimos este corto como tributo por el Día Internacional de la Conmemoración del Holocausto, en memoria de sus víctimas". Esta Conmemoración fue decretada cada 27 de enero por la UNESCO en 2005. Jakob es la historia de una mujer separada de su familia, que trató de proteger a su hijo, que trató de sobrevivir. En palabras del director

"En Auschwitz el tiempo era gris, siempre gris... Detenida en el tiempo, separada y empujada por unas garras, tratando de cubrir con el cuerpo a su pequeño que lloraba de hambre y frío, ella se pregunta si alguna vez había tenido vida." 


Ficha técnica 

Producción: “Proyectos en Ebullición y Guarichas Film".

Dirección: Gonzalo Irigoyen 

Actúa Zindia Pino

VOZ: Alfonso Rey

Música original: Germane Gasiba

Edición: Ross Palacios y Marisabel Ruiz

Subtítulos: Zindia Pino y Johane Bracamonte

Afiche: Ross Palacios


Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Three Legged-Cat and Other Short Stories, de Juan Nicolás Tineo, disponible en

Juan Nicolás Tineo, autor de origen dominicano, publica el libro de cuentos The Three-Legged Cat and Other Short Stories, mismo se públicó anteriormente en español bajo el título Temporario, ambas ediciones se encuentras disponibles en Amazó El doctor Tineo es educador, narrador, poeta, ensayista y gestor cultural. Además, es cofundador de la organización sin fines de lucro The Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center of NY., organización sin fines de lucro que desde 2007 organiza la feria del libro. Tineo se ha dedicado a promocionar a otros escritores en Nueva York, ahora lo hace con su obra.

Sobre The Three-Legged Cat and Other Short Stories comenta Rhina Espaillat:

Juan, este libro es todo una travesura que atrapa al lector y lo deja con ganas de seguir el cuento a su manera, pero sin darle tiempo, porque inmediatamente se encuentra con el próximo, y entonces quiere bregar con ese. ¡Eres in tíguere literario!

Está muy bien traducido en general, y se lee con gusto. ¡Va a ser un libro muy gracioso que tal vez se podrá utilizar para clases de escritura creativa!

Por su parte, el dramaturgo peruano Walter Ventosilla afirma:

Son catorce relatos que inquietan párrafo a párrafo con historias cortas, hilvanadas en su propia brevedad y a la vez desmadejando un universo de posibilidades narrativas que no sueltan al lector ni con el punto final.Una novedosa técnica personal se desliza entre las frases, subyace a las descripciones, a la anécdota cuentística para entrelazar no solo una atmósfera, sino varias en una sola historia. El estilo narrativo de estos relatos tienden una trampa al propio argumento sorprendiendo por su versatilidad para jugar con la atención del lector. Las historias a lo largo del libro van y vienen entre Nueva York y otros ambientes lejanos, cargados de anécdotas y personajes, que se pueden encontrar en cualquier pueblo latinoamericano. Ese cordón umbilical espacial y territorial se percibe a lo largo del libro de manera sutil, como si existiera una cómplice continuidad que no se diluye en ningún momento precisamente porque el narrador así lo quiere, usando para ello su propia habilidad narrativa y el más ligero pretexto para construir hábilmente un cuento.

 Aquí tienes el enlace (el link). Si lo adquieres, comparte una foto con el libro en el Facebook de Juan Nicolás Tineo y agrégalo (Tag him on).

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Teatro Círculo presenta un Cervantes virtual del 8 de octubre al 1 de noviembre, 2020

Fotografía: Israel Franco-Müller.
Fotografía: Israel Franco-Müller.

En los tiempos en que el Covid-19 ha modificado nuestra rutina, Teatro Círculo trae una versión especial de Entremeses de Cervantes del 8 de octubre al 1 de noviembre, 2020.

 El Covid-19 ha alterado el diario vivir.  Espectáculos y obras de teatro han sido afectados limitando las alternativas de entretenimiento de las que dispone nuestra comunidad.  Consciente del bienestar de los espectadores y de la necesidad de ofrecer opciones, Teatro Círculo presenta por primera vez en formato stream una de las producciones que más premios y reconocimientos ha ganado en el teatro latino: Entremeses de Cervantes, del 8 de octubre al 1 de noviembre.

José Cheo Oliveras, director artístico de la agrupación apunta que: “En estos tiempos del Covid el público del teatro latino de la ciudad de Nueva York debe saber que no tiene que sentirse aislado ni privado de los ofrecimientos culturales de esta gran ciudad.  La pandemia no ha parado nuestro quehacer, simplemente nos ha dado la oportunidad de aprender a usar otros foros y plataformas desde los cuales seguimos haciendo comunidad.  Cervantes Virtual es una oportunidad de disfrutar de uno de nuestros más exitosos espectáculos desde la seguridad del hogar y a un precio muy reducido.”

 Entremeses virtuales

 Miguel de Cervantes con sus Entremeses creó para la escena personajes y situaciones que trascienden tiempo y espacio por su comicidad y vigencia.  El espectáculo Entremeses de Cervantes se compone de tres piezas breves: El juez de los divorcios donde un magistrado trata los más insólitos casos de separación; en El viejo celoso, un anciano trata de controlar el ímpetu sexual de su joven y traviesa esposa y en Los habladores, Sarmiento lleva a su casa a Roldán, empedernido hablador, para curar a su esposa quien sufre del mismo mal.

El equipo técnico y artístico de Teatro Círculo presenta una versión en formato stream.  En esta ocasión, los espectadores tienen la oportunidad de apreciar la estética de la escenografía y los trajes, así como el excelente trabajo actoral y vocal de los intérpretes sin tener que salir de sus casas.

Entremeses de Cervantes

Elenco: Jerry Soto, José Cheo Oliveras, Eva Cristina Vásquez, Juan Luis Acevedo, Adriana Sananes, Jessica Florí, Fernando Gazzaniga, Juan Villarreal.  Director musical: Pablo Zinger. Dirección general: José Cheo Oliveras.  Diseño de escenografía, vestuario e iluminación: Israel Franco-Müller. Fotografía: Israel Franco-Müller. Videografía: Pablo Zinger  

Del 8 de octubre al 1 de noviembre 2020. 


Jueves, Viernes y Sábados a las 8 PM y Sábados y Domingos a las 3 PM

Admisión: $10.

En español con subtítulos en inglés.

Boletos en:

Información: Teatro Círculo (212) 505-1808 /

Este programa es posible, en parte, gracias al auspicio de NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Hispanic Federation, The Howard Gilman Foundation y The New York Community Trust.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

New York Butoh Institute presents Butoh: Cradling Empty Space A Nonfiction Book Written by Vangeline Virtual Book Launch October 22, 2020

New York Butoh Institute presents the virtual book launch of Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, a nonfiction book written by Vangeline, on October 22, 2020 at 7:30pm ET, as part of the New York Butoh Institute Festival. Butoh: Cradling Empty Space explores butoh through a scientific lens, challenging the current gender bias and shedding light onto this mysterious and often misunderstood art form. Tickets are $5 and include an entry to win a copy of the book, and can be purchased at 

During the virtual launch, hear from Vangeline and special guests Alice Baldock, Oxford University, Giada Matteini, NYU Tisch School of The Arts, Neuroscientist
Marieke van Vugt, University of Groningen, Dr. Judith Revers, author of The Art(therap)ist is Present, and Carter Edwards, Program Director, Mount Tremper Arts. Book giveaway winners will also be announced during the event. 

"Butoh: Cradling Empty Space
is a handbook for the butoh practitioner, the (art) historian, the dance critic, and the curious reader. Encompassing, and reconciling, problems of movement, gender, race, and universality, Cradling Empty Space guides the reader through the many possibilities of butoh."

- Alice Baldock | Faculty of History - University of Oxford

In Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, author Vangeline: 

* Makes butoh accessible to Western audiences and demystifies the art form.
* Investigates butoh's unique contributions to the field of dance and theater.
* Offers new and exclusive information on the subject of butoh's history.
* Questions butoh's patriarchal legacy; revisits the subject of butoh's female torchbearers and their often forgotten contributions.
* Researches the scope of teaching practices, with an emphasis on the commonality between different butoh methods.
*Allows us to think about brain function and butoh in a bracing new light.
* Includes recent findings from the fields of psychology, cross-cultural psychology and trauma research as they apply to butoh pedagogy today.
* Offers practical advice for students and aspiring teachers, with a detailed analysis of potential challenges in the field.
* Discusses the subject of international butoh.
About Vangeline

Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese art form Butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. She is a 2018 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow in Choreography. Vangeline has taught and performed in Japan, Finland, Chile, Hong Kong, the U.K, Denmark, Germany, France, the U. S, and Taiwan. She is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award and the winner of the 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dream a Dream Project, a dance program reaching out to the incarcerated population in New York since 2006. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, and the author of the nonfiction book Butoh: Cradling Empty Space.

About the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute aims to preserve the legacy and integrity of Japanese Butoh while carrying the art form well into the future. The unique art of Butoh originated in post-World War II Japan as a reaction to the loss of identity caused by the westernization of Japanese culture, as well as a realization that ancient Japanese performing traditions no longer spoke to a contemporary audience. The Vangeline Theater is home to the New York Butoh Institute, dedicated to the advancement of Butoh in the 21st century. 

The New York Butoh Institute Festival was made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.