Butoh Encounters (2018 – )


From January 2018 I started working as a producer for Butoh Encounters.


BUTOH ENCOUNTERS is a creative platform initiated by Karolina Bieszczad-Roley where Butoh, the Japanese contemporary dance, serves as an umbrella for various collaborative projects. The aim is to search for unusual connections with other fields and to open up uncharted territories for exploring performing arts. Each year we present a series of events that are rooted in Butoh but extend beyond the boundaries of dance. We look for the innovative ways of artistic and social expressions.



Since its beginnings in 1959, Butoh has rejected strict definitions. It has been performed naked and in flamboyant costumes, in a traditional theatre and hanging by ropes from a skyscraper, through mesmerizing slow movements and twitching convulsing gestures, by studying precise technique of “deconstructing” the every-day life body and by improvising internal images taken from nature. We embrace this diversity and the intangible character of Butoh, and wish to focus on dancing the questions rather than answers.

3-4 November // 19.00 // Oxertårnet

…memories of the past, archived for the future…

BUTOH ENCOUNTERS presents a holographic performance “Multiverse” featuring legendary Butoh dancers: Yoshito Ohno (80), Daisuke Yoshimoto (77) and Saga Kobayashi (72). Due to their age, it is no longer easy or possible for them to perform in Europe, hence we bring them to Norway in a form of digital ghosts.

By using modern technology we will let them dance in one of the most exciting new venues in Oslo – Oxertårnet. We get an exclusive access to this 11 floors concrete tower before it is rented out to various artists. The event will be accompanied by the live performance of an Oslo-based Japanese Butoh dancer Azumaru.

“Multiverse” blends Butoh, music and technology into a mystic event, which celebrates nostalgia of the vanishing dance in a digital context.

Director: Karolina Bieszczad-Roley
Producer: Sophie Barth
Dancers: Yoshito Ohno, Daisuke Yoshimoto, Saga Kobayashi
Cinematography & light design: Stein Stie
Animation: Damien Serban
Music: Simen Korsmo Robertsen

Tickets: 200 kr
online sale opens in October
cash and vipps at the door
booking now: butohencounters@gmail.com

*Only 70 seats per performance so make sure to reserve your tickets in advance.

Supported by: Tårnet Kabelgata Kulturfabrikk, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Japans Ambassade i Norge, Sasakawa Foundation​


Visit the web-site for documentation from 2017 events:


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