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“Laage’s effective use of props and narrative add greatly to the more meditative quality of traditional Butoh.” Korby Sears, The Stranger

“Artistic director and choreographer Joan Laage has created a Butoh piece that is threatening and excruciatingly beautiful.” Jack Lucas, Capitol Hill Times

“For Laage, Butoh is less a critique than a mode of intense listening to the processes of human growth.” Jae Carlsson, Reflex Magazine

“Visually striking, the piece demonstrated an understanding of theatrical elements that I have rarely seen in solo performance.”
Matthew Richter, Director of Rm 608, Gallery for Visual and Performing Arts

“…this prolific choreographer has infused Japanese Butoh with a striking occidental visual style, creating a unique dance signature...Laage’s visuals are spare and arresting...The remarkable individuality each of us feels is crushed with cruel, cruel indifference.” N.W. Barcus and Ed Scheider, The Stranger

“As an audience member I feel as if she is offering a glimpse into a world that is at once both intensely private and provocatively performative.”
Matthew Richter, Director of Rm 608, Gallery for Visual and Performing Arts