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On 14 December 2018 (8 pm), the Paris-based cultural centre Point Éphém?re (200 Quai de Valmy) will present the new-look version of Beksiński_Butoh by Sylwia Hanff, the leader of the Limen Butoh Theatre.


Beksiński_Butoh premiered in March 2016. The project was developed as an open form featuring contributions from various dance and music artists in its successive presentations (Robert Jędrzejewski, Joan Laage, Magdalena Jakubów, Lori Goldston) in numerous venues in Poland and abroad (USA, Włochy).

This time, Sylwia Hanff extended her invitation to the French composer Michel Titin-Schnaider. The two met in 2017 at the “En chair et en Son” Festival in France. Titin-Schnaider has been the second electroacoustic music composer to collaborate with Sylwia Hanff, whose previous two premieres, The Twilight of Abandoned Cities and Cracks of Existence were developed in collaboration with Pierre Boeswillwald.


Beksiński_Butoh has been developed in partnership with the French association Aventures Electro Acoustiques, which promotes electroacoustic music through interdisciplinary projects combining dance, video and performance. Beksiński_Butoh will be presented at the Point Ephemere centre in Paris as part of the Palimpseste project which cyclically showcases butoh performances set to acusmatic music. Aventures Electro Acoustiques is also the organizer of the International Festival “En chair et en Son” (a presentation of butoh dance and electroacoustic music).

Butoh performance inspired by Zdzisław Beksiński?s paintings
Developed by the Limen Butoh Theatre featuring the American performer Joan Laage.

Concept and butoh dance: Sylwia Hanff 
Music and video: Michel Titin Schnaider
Costumes: Sylwia Hanff, Małgorzata Chrust 
Installation: Joanna Pielat



I demand from the picture the same what I do from the music: to put me in a state of ecstasy, however using neither what was painted nor how it was painted, but rather by using something intangible, something what I am trying to find in my heart or under my eyelids, something I am not able to name myself.


Zdzisław Beksiński


From Sylwia Hanff:


What is extremely interesting for us butoh dancers, is the presence of transgression and transformation of the body in his art and particularly the relation between corporealness and space.


The relation of Beksiński paintings with music will also be our artistic discovery ? the tangent points in the architectonic of a music piece and the architectonic of a panting. ?What is already painted has no meaning to me. What I find important is how it functions in the sense of the sound, the form and the sound of the colour in that particular place and not the other. So I use the shape for the sake of, I would call it, music purposes.? And that is where our idea to choose the modern music language originates/ comes into play.


Sylwia Hanff is a butoh pioneer in Poland and one of the most widely recognized Polish butoh dancers who has studied with the greatest masters. She has an M.A. in philosophy, with a theoretical background in theatre anthropology. Sylvia is a choreographer, director, dance therapist, kundalini yoga teacher, labyrinth facilitator and cultural manager. She has also studied Western and Eastern contemporary and ancient techniques of body control. The practice of meditation is a crucial element of her training. She was an actress in the Warsaw Mime Theatre, and worked with the National Theatre and National Opera. The founder of Limen Butoh Theatre, she currently works with independent street and physical theatres. She is featured in The Body Revolving Stage. New Dance in New Poland, by Jadwiga Majewska and in Present with the Body. The technique of Polish Buto dancers by Magdalena Zamorska. She was scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.  FB 






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