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Butoh Medea

dance & physical theatre · ren gyo soh · Ages 16+ · includes nudity · one person show · Japan

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CONSTANCE JAQUAY STRICKLAND certified reviewer June 14, 2018
This is the work. To take Euripides age old classic and remind us that the story of Medea will never die. It lives because Yokko gave her body, gave her heart all to the work. To hear Medea speak from Yokko’s mouth took me to a space I did not expect. I believed she was an outsider, onstage alone. I saw her torment and love within the choreography that the monologue was an extra revelation. The power of stillness is real and hard to manifest onstage with poignancy. Yokko gives us a masterclass on its power and as it reaches right down into your solar plexus and sits there. The piece really comes alive for me in the revelation of seeing Medea at her most true for the journey from a young girl in love to now is not pretty. Wonderful work and I... full review
JOSEPINA SBROCCA certified reviewer June 14, 2018
Yokko is Brilliant. The choreography is Spectacular to every inch of Movement. Yokko is Brave, Beautiful & Raw. Her work is carefully Articulated to every Bone, Tongue, Cheek, back, limb etc...Her Butoh Movement is Genius. So is the lightening , Costime, and Music. Great Team. ... full review
DAVID MINER certified reviewer June 12, 2018
tagged as: intense · passionate · dance · physical · emotional
The most emotional, moving experience I've ever had at Fringe. Yokko brings the story of Medea to vivid life by integrating a brilliantly choreographed Butoh performance with English monologue, which enables the Japanese artform to transcend the cultural barrier. It may be a "one person show," but it has an intensity without peers in my experiences of the arts. See it while you can.... full review
MEL GLICKMAN certified reviewer June 08, 2018
This show is a sacred experience. It's intricately choreographed, powerfully performed, and deeply moving. It's like watching a horror story unfold, and deeply empathizing with the monster.... full review
JULIE SOWA certified reviewer June 21, 2018
Performed by an incredible physical actor, the story of Medea is courageously taken on in the true depths that it deserves. Most of the time when this story is told, It is half told; the directors and actors who fear having to "go there" to the dark, terrifying and devastating reality of Medea's story, circumstances and experience just simply "tell" the story instead of SHOWING it to us. Yokko is an actor that does not go half way; she works through Medea's challenges physically and emotionally and we root for her the whole way as she slowly transitions from loving mother and wife to a beast. We all know how it ends, but still we wish and hope for this character because Yokko pulls us in on that journey so that the story is so new to us that... full review
EIJI INOUE certified reviewer June 16, 2018
Powerful, passionate and seductive I enjoyed the performance ☺️... full review
WALTER SANTUCCI certified reviewer June 14, 2018
tagged as: butoh · Butoh Dance · japanese · Great Acting!
Every aspect of this show was stunning and executed with such confidence and skill. The lighting, the costumes, the sound design, music and choreography were superb. And Yokko, the performer, gave one of the most powerful and emotional performances I have ever seen. Within minutes of the show starting, I felt like I was hit by a wave of emotional force. This performer conjured up such an intense storm of feelings in such a masterful way-- I have never seen someone own a stage quite like this before.... full review
RUTH FOWLER certified reviewer June 14, 2018
An incredible, visceral, visually stunning, gut wrenching experience. I absolutely loved this and Yokko's performance was straight from the soul. Medea is one of my favorite plays and both this adaptation and the performance were searingly brilliant, completely imprinted on my heart and mind after today.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 14, 2018
An amazing Butoh adaptation of Medea - gripping from start to finish.... full review

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