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New York Butoh Festival celebrates the origins and international evolution of butoh in a series of performances, workshops, films and lectures. Butoh is a contemporary dance form that emerged in Japan and is now created worldwide. Fusing the traditional with the avant-garde, complex choreography with complete improvisation, wild physicality with meditative stillness, butoh defies easy definition and embraces paradox.

This year's festival is greatly expanded from the 2003 festival (winner of a Village Voice "Best of New York" award) and features an array of established and emerging artists from Japan, Europe and the Americas. This is the only current festival in the U.S. dedicated to presenting butoh's international spectrum.

Cave Organization
CAVE Organization, established in 1996, is one of the longest running experimental art spaces in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. CAVE functions as a gallery, artist-in-residence studio, and performance space. Throughout the last nine years it has produced hundreds of visual art exhibitions, multi-media installations, workshops and performances. CAVE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, which has received private funding as well as grants from Ford Foundation, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and others.

Thanks to the following foundations, corporations and individuals who have so generously supported us:
The Berlin Administration for Science, Research and Culture; Japan Foundation; Kirin Beer (the Official Beer Sponsor of the NYBF); Mr. Tatsuo Kubota; the Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production/MAP Fund; the MAP Fund; Mertz-Gilmore Foundation; Taiyo Pacific Partners LP, UNIQLO (the Official Corporate Sponsor of the NYBF); and the Village Voice (the 2005 Media Partner of the NYBF)

Thanks to the following venues for their support:
Anthology Film Archives, the Japan Society, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center/CUNY, Panetta Movement, The Puffin Room, and the Theater for the New City.

Thanks to the festival artists who have been so generous with their energy and efforts:
Azumaru, CAVEnsemble, Masaki Iwana, Akira Kasai, Yuko Kaseki, Kan Katsura, Shinichi MOMO Koga, Ko Murobushi, Tatsuya Nakatani, the New York Soundpainting Orchestra, Kaoru Watanabe, Daisuke Yoshimoto and Yumiko Yoshioka

Make a Donation
The New York Butoh Festival is truly a grassroots effort, made possible through the donated time and money of CAVE executives, staff and numerous volunteers. There is a great need for financial support.

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All contributions are tax deductible. CAVE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Any questions please contact [email protected] or call 718 388 6780

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Volunteer for the New York Butoh Festival!
Everyone involved in the New York Butoh Festival has donated their time and effort to make this festival possible. We still are in need of more help! If interested, let us know how much time you can commit to the festival, [email protected]