Ellie Cole, Year 11 attended the Year 12 theatre ensemble performance of Kankaku – the way to feel. This performance was a Butoh devised performance with students working closely with Mark Hill, a physical theatre artist and international Butoh Educator.
Ellie provides her reflection of the performance:
For myself and rest of the theatre cohort Butoh is legend. The Year 12 Butoh performance - Kankaku, the way to feel, is no exception. I was lucky enough to have a preview into Kankaku with the Year 11 and 12 theatre students having the opportunity to peek behind the curtain at the dress rehearsal. The show went for an hour with a main focus of audience interaction. We, the audience, were presented with hostesses', head to toe in colourful costume, fit with lighted rainbow wigs and fishnet stocking with cable ties sticking out of the holes. It was all about detail! We were seated on the stage acting as props for the actors. It was magical. It was an hour of fun and games. The entire audience went from states of trance, bewitched by the foreign facial expressions and body movements, to pure happiness, covering the actors in shaving cream and tickling them with feathers.
The finale was, what I considered the best part with effective spacial relationships and colourful powder raining down on the audience. The entire performance accumulated in what I can only describe as a rave, the audience being led onto the stage to dance and feel the energy of the actors. It was electric. We danced. We sung. It was the best piece of theatre I've seen in a long time. If you didn't go and see this Butoh performance, be sure to include it in your calendar of events for next year or go and speak to someone who went. You will see their face light up as they tell you about the joy, mystery and fascination they experienced. I asked some of my ensemble what they thought,
…was very cool and fun to experience and join in.
…very interactive, fun and actually funny
…amazing, so cool, I never expected it to be THAT good!
…and their reactions speak a thousand words.
…article written by Ellie Cole, Year 11