CAVE New York Butoh Festival


CAVE New York Butoh Festival — Ko Murobushi’s latest solo, “Quick Silver” returns due to public demand and will be performed on November 12 and 13 at Dance New Amsterdam. Murobushi trained and performed with one of Butoh’s creators, Tatsumi Hijikata. The performance is part of the CAVE New York Butoh Festival -The Butoh-Kan Phase. Photo by Miro Ito.

“Quick Silver” by Ko Murobushi
Dance New Amsterdam
2009 CAVE New York Butoh Festival.
November 12 & 13, 7:30 pm (Thurs & Fri)
After Performance Talk on Nov. 13
Dance New Amsterdam, 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers)
Co-produced by Dance New Amsterdam and The CAVE New York Butoh Festival-Butoh-Kan Phase
Students $20 Non-Students $24
Tickets: Dance New Amsterdam box office (212) 625-8369;

As part of “New York Butoh-Kan Masters,” a series of three performances by world-renowned masters of Butoh, Ko Murobushi will perform “Quick Silver,” his latest solo.  Murobushi exudes boundless energy from his silver-painted body, like exploding mercury. Using only his formidable physicality, Murobushi radiates the lasting life essence of mercury as it waves and rolls in all directions across the stage.

Ko Murobushi trained and performed with Butoh’s creator Tatsumi Hijikata and was a founding member of Dairakudakan, the longest-running Butoh company. His influential group, Ariadone, introduced Europe to Butoh in 1978. Based in Japan, he leads the Edge Company and tours internationally throughout Europe and South America.

“New York Butoh-Kan Masters” is part of “The CAVE New York Butoh Festival — Butoh-kan Phase” (, the fourth biennial Butoh Festival organized by CAVE to celebrate and promote the origins and international evolution of Butoh Dance while strengthening the local community with performances, workshops, and conversations with the artists.  Events of the festival are being presented at Dixon Place and Dance New Amsterdam in Manhattan and at CAVE in Brooklyn.

The festival also includes “Furnace,” a work of collective creation led by Ko Murobushi, Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya, November 5 to 8 at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street; an Emerging Artist Series November 20-22 at CAVE, 58 Grand Street, Brooklyn; and intensive and introductory workshops provided by masters who will perform throughout the festival from October 23 to November 25, also at CAVE.

Review clippings:
“Murobushi’s Butoh is a theatre of revulsion, convulsion or repulsion. The body is like a half monkey, half reptile, recurves and always crawls on the ground, full of violent energy, soft, anti-human and cannibal. There is no form of Occidental physical naturalism.”–Jean Baudrillard, Theatre or Revulsion

“Quick Silver” was full of piercing accuracy. With a prizefighter’s grace, he darted from spot to spot, collapsing backward onto the stage only to spring up in a mercuric flash” –Gia Kourlas, New York Times