"intimate stage"
Falling Souls
Seattle Fringe Festival

June 21 (Saturday at 8 pm) & June 22 (Sunday at 7 pm)

"intimate stage" presents Butoh Artist Joan Laage

"A monthly Butoh-centric salon, intimate stage takes place in a Green Lake home, and makes excellent use of domestic space for performance."
Brendan Kiley, The Stranger

Having just returned from a month in Europe, Joan Laage performs a solo inspired by her travels in France, Germany, and Romania. "For me, any travel is a kind of pilgrimage, and this latest journey encompassed the distant family, familiar faces and new friends and places…many days and nights of train travel, staying in southern France, meeting my 6th cousin and his family in southern Germany, exploring Bucharest and Brasov in Romania, and 2 weeks studying with Japanese Butoh artist Masaki Iwana in the beautiful countryside of northern France which culminated in a mini-Butoh Festival at Maison Blanc." The starting point for this new solo is a visit to a particularly mystical church in Bucharest with silver plated walls embodying Mary and the saints, and a woman worshipper who recited silent prayers while laying her palm on the silver figures. The music used will be composed of CDs from Romania and France and field recordings collected during the trip.

Artistic Director of Dappin' Butoh since 1991, Joan Laage is known for both her solo work and performances with Dappin' Butoh. She has received awards from the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions and Artist Trust, and has had three artist residencies at Centrum in Port Townsend. Joan and Dappin' have collaborated with many musicians and artists of other disciplines through the years. In August, she will teach and perform for SFADI, and in October, Joan will be one of three featured performers and teachers at the New York Butoh Festival.

Photo of Joan Laage performing at Maison Blanc
in France by Jacques Sadoun