Seattle Butoh Festival

Seattle Butoh Festival 2017: March 31 – April 9, 2017

Shoreline Community College Gallery Show (Event Link)

@ Art Gallery in Admin Building #1000, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA
March 6 – April 14, open 8am-5pm Mon-Thur, 8-4:30 Fri, and during special events.
Art by Bruce Clayton Tom, Ruthie V., and others
Live Butoh Dance Gallery Performances: Tuesdays

  • March 7th Opening night 4:00-6:30 pm with DAIPAN performing
  • March 14th 4:30-6:30 pm
    • Christopher Arnett, Kaoru Okumura, Diana Garcia-Snyder
  • March 21st 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Erica Akiko Howard, Ari Rudenko, Joan Laage
    • + Paper crane folding in the PUB student union building (3:30-4:30)
  • April 4th 4:30-6:00 pm
    • Erica Akiko Howard, Susan Maughlin Wood, Lela Besom, Paula Helen, Vanessa Skantze


Main stage Performance (Event Link)

Weekend April 7, 8, 9,
@ Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA

  • Fri April 7, 8 pm:
    • Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (Chile)
    • DAIPAN members (Joan Laage, Sheri Brown)
  • Sat April 8, 8 pm:
    • Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (Chile)
    • DAIPAN members (Helen Thorsen, Diana Garcia-Snyder)
  • Sun April 9, 3 pm:
    • Ken Mai (Finland/Japan)
    • Kaoru Okumura (DAIPAN/Japan)
    • Please join gallery gathering after Sunday show.


  • General: $20
  • Senior & Student Discount: $15
  • Shoreline Community Collage Student: FREE
  • Performance Pass: $40 (3 days with 2 day’s price)

Brown Paper Ticket:

In 2017, DAIPAN is planning its most ambitious festival bringing international dance artist Natalia Cuellar from Chile with her dance company Ruta De La Memoria to perform and present workshops. In exchange, Natalia has invited the DAIPAN Collective to travel to Chile to perform a group work in Santiago at her butoh festival and to teach workshops. DAIPAN will also present Ken Mai, a Japanese butoh artist residing in Helsinki, Finland, to perform and conduct a workshop for the 2017 festival.

The 2017 festival, running March 31 through April 9, is partnering with Shoreline Community College Theater and Gallery. They will host the 2017 festival performances in the theater at the college, and are presenting a showcase of butoh photos by photographer Bruce Clayton Tom along with performances by DAIPAN in the College Gallery. Members of the Chilean company and Ken Mai will teach workshops at the Taoist Studies Institute. Themes for our festivals are the body as politics, hidden histories revealed, the feminine in its multitude of guises, personal primordial journeys and journeys of acceptance, and leading towards synthesis and unity.

See Also information on previous Seattle Butoh Festivals

See also Previous Seattle Festival Information