L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA: The Transformation Call w/ Harupin-ha Butoh Dance Company

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L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA: The Transformation Call w/ Harupin-ha Butoh Dance Company

2155 Center Street
94720 Berkeley

December 10th, 2010 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–7pm
University of California Berkeley
r BAM/PFA members and Cal students


The Transformation Call with Harupin-ha Butoh Dance Company

Friday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.

(Doors 5 p.m., D.J. 6:30 p.m.)

Programmed by Tomo Yasuda

December marks the end of the year, a transition to a new season, abrupt but not as shocking as the transition from the Edo to Meiji periods, a near-apocalyptic experience for the Japanese, when foreign pressure opened Japan to the modern world. Berkeley-based Butoh masters Koichi and Hiroko Tamano and over fifty dancers from their Harupin-ha Butoh Dance Company will interpret the winter season and change with a performance based on the 1918 short story “The Spider’s Thread” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Staged in Gallery B, the dance will incorporate BAMscape, Thom Faulders’s 1,500-square-foot hybrid of sculpture, furniture, and stage. San Francisco-based Vomica will accompany the performance with an original composition. Thefinal video loop in a series of four by Sara Magenheimer, this one evoking the last month of the year, will round out the spectacle. The Transformation Call is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons.

L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA

From meditative masterpieces to off-kilter performances, L@TE programming invades Gallery B with classical and experimental soundworks, dance, video, and conceptual and performance art. Guest programmer Sarah Cahill continues to focus on the experimental tradition of American music, while guest programmer Tomo Yasuda’s L@TE series concludes its dialogue with the exhibition Flowers of the Four Seasons: Ten Centuries of Art from the Clark Collection for Japanese Art and Culture. In conjunction with Radical Light, Radical L@TE recreates a 1975 performance and brings us up to the present with video-mediated cross-dressing and travel films made for plants.

Friday night programs typically begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gallery B; doors open at 5 p.m. with DJs in the lobby or Gallery B at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $7; free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students. For more information on L@TE programs and our guest programmers, please visit

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