January's program features a new duet with Kristin Narcowich and Alan Sutherland entitled "Implicit Testimony". Kristin performed with Dappin' Butoh for two years after moving from Delaware, and continues to work with Low Crawlers High Flying based in Seattle, a group she co-founded. Last fall, she entered the graduate program in Religious Studies at Temple University. This piece was inspired by a course she took on spoken and written testimony of Holocaust survivors. "How do we live with our memories? The past weaves its inescapable presence into our lives, circling us and eluding our understanding; and how do the ghosts of painful moments overtake us, force us to grow or to fracture, and haunt us all." A member of Dappin' Butoh for several years, Alan performs with P.A.N. and Low Crawlers High Flying, and is also known for his solo work.

Dancer: Kristin Narcowich
Photo: Carolyn Lee


Joan Laage performs a new work, "Heavenly Scent", drawing its imagery from a magnificent book illustrating Japanese flora in a collaboration with Autumn K. Dial playing violin. Artistic Director of Dappin' Butoh for over 10 years, Joan recently received a Seattle Arts Commission Award for the production of a new work. Joan has invited composer Jeff Greinke and video artist Scott Johnson to collaborate in "5000 Falling Souls" next May at The Chamber Theatre on Capitol Hill. Autumn K. Dial has danced with KAGAMI Butoh of Olympia since 1998 in "Zone Zeros" and "Tea Ring" at the Seattle International Butoh Festival (1998 & 2000), and "Flight Path" at the Evergreen Experimental Theatre (1999). A poet and musician, Autumn will perform original music at the Blue Highways Festival in the Netherlands this spring.