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Butoh in New York 4 January 2014

I’m working on a new commission for Vangeline Theater, the USA’s premier butoh dance company.

Here’s Vanity Fair’s film of Vangeline Butoh… click play to see why I’m so excited!


The show is called ’5th’ and it’s a collection of five dances about everything 5th:
5th Dimension, 5th Element, 5th Position, 5th Amendment, and Beethoven’s 5th.

The show features ballet, modern dance and butoh, and will be staged in New York on February 7, 8 and 9 2014 at Triskelion Arts Aldous Theater in Brooklyn. I’ll be performing the music live, please join us!


My music for Vangeline’s new show is a cover of a Bob Dylan song that I’ve reworked at the choreographer’s request into a 9 minute arrangement for strings and voice. I’m singing, and playing my antique autoharp from the 1890′s, its strings creaking with age, and as you can see from the photo, I’m in the process of recording layers and layers of my strings at home, creating a bed of ice for the dancer to glide upon…

This is the dancer who is performing with me. Her name is Azumi Oe, and this shot was taken of her rehearsing to the first demo I sent of the piece…

The lyrics of this classic Dylan song will remain intact, it’s a poem of intense beauty that directly reflects the 5th Amendment. But the structure and instrumentation will be far-removed from the original song. An intricate filigree of strings.

The clock is ticking for me to complete the charts and record this new work, as the dance company have started rehearsals for this new piece.

Perfect inspiration for these wintry nights…
xx Ysanne