Who we are

DAIPANbutoh Collective is a Seattle-area collective of performers and educators whose members came together out of a shared interest in the art of butoh. DAIPANbutoh’s members explore and support each other’s work as independent artists, provide educational opportunities, produce evocative performances, and host an annual butoh festival.

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What is butoh?

Butoh is a body based performing art that emerged in Japan in the late 1950’s with founding artists Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. While their individual aesthetics were as different as shadow and light, both were grounded in revealing elements of deep inner life through the undeniable truth of the body. Each devoted his life to exploring his unique creativity and a rigorous honesty in performance. Butoh is not a formalized set of movements like ballet, folk or contemporary dance. Butoh shape shifts with sensations, emotions, imagination and a natural flow of movement that takes us beyond the pretty into a deeply authentic present moment. Once primarily an underground art scene in Japan, butoh has grown to become a vital global performance genre.

DAIPANbutoh artists, like butoh’s founders, each has a unique style, while being united in the commitment to poetic transformation through deep listening and flowing with what emerges, trusting the truth in the body.

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You can support DAIPANbutoh Collective by donating here through our fiscal sponsor, Shunpike.

Or if you’d rather make a gift by check, please make it out to “Shunpike” and write “DAIPANbutoh Collective” in the memo line. Send donations to Shunpike at this address:

815 Seattle Blvd S, Suite 215
Seattle, WA 98134

Thank you for supporting the work of DAIPANbutoh Collective!

DAIPANbutoh Collective is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.

About Shunpike

Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.