DAIPANbutoh Collective’s mission is to bring stimulating, provocative, and exceptional performances, workshops and forums to the diverse communities of the Northwest and beyond. Empowering local and global artists, we provide opportunities for national and international artists to work together in an environment for growth, creativity and transformation.

DAIPANbutoh Collective is devoted to strengthening the presence of butoh in Seattle and the Northwest, both by producing the work of its members and by bringing in international artists for performances and workshops. We have begun to focus more on outreach by educating and developing relationships with groups including veterans, prisoners, artists, philosophers, academics and contemplative practitioners.  In doing so, we aim to deeply influence our community’s evolution.

DAIPANbutoh Collective’s current community includes the DAIPANbutoh ACTIVE members Sheri Brown, Joan Laage, Helen Thorsen, Diana García-Snyder, Kaoru Okumura, Lela Besom, Erica Akiko Howard, and Shoko Zama in addition to DAIPANpartners and DAIPANfriends. We continually enlarge our community by interfacing with artists of various disciplines. Co-promoting, producing, and performing, we are a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange with artists internationally. We are reaching out as individual artists and as a group to become an integral, intelligent international presence in the evolving butoh aesthetic inside a global bloom of butoh-inspired art.