OCTOBER 20, Saturday at 8 pm & OCTOBER 21, Sunday at 7 pm

For October's evening, Banal Cruz is taking "intimate stage" literally. "Sisa" is a work in progress with Banal Cruz willing to share his rawest emotion. Inspired by the recent death of his mother and the complex nature of his relationships with the major women in his life, his performance is coming from the heart and soul. Based on a character from Jose Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere, Sisa depicts a complex character driven by madness in search of her lost children. The "3-F", female traits taken from Banal's inpirations-faith, fidelity, and futility-will transcend the butoh performance into a whirlwind of psychosis, as portrayed in Rizal's novella. Sisa is not a character study but an exploration of the territory separating the human from the inhumane. Banal Cruz, a.k.a. Willy Manalang, has performed with Dappin' Butoh, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Yoko Murao, and Grotto.

[Photo: Willy Manalang in Dappin' Butoh's "Sidewinder"
by Tom O'Connor]


Joan Laage will remount "Black Widow", originally created for a performance at The #Pound Gallery with music by Small Cruel Party, who received a grant from the Washington Composer's Forum for this commission. It has been performed at a club in Tokyo, a theater in Kyoto, a contemporary dance school in Arnhem, Holland, and during a Butoh symposium in London. The weaving of a spider's web is the pervasive theme in a work filled with devouring and darkly erotic imagery. For this October performance Steve Miller will collaborate with Joan. Steve, a well-known local composer and photographer, is a member of Audiofile Collective and former member of Tchkung.

[Photo: Joan Laage in "Black Widow" by Serge Gubelman]