Daipan’s first annual 30/30 Butoh Dance Concert
featuring dances by: Sheri Brown, Mary Cutrera, Diana Garcia-Synder,
Joan Laage, & Helen Thorsen
June 22nd &23rd
Velocity Dance Center 8pm
1612 12th ave. Seattle WA
Helen Thorsen’s latest dance for this concert s “Higher Ground”. This work takes a penatrating look at madness and transformation in contemporary society. 5 Dancers bring heart and grit to work inspired by David Maisel’s photos of the Oregon State Mental Hospital and the 3500 of cannisters of the remains found on site there.
Higher Ground is a butoh inspired performance for 5 dancers: Mary Cutrera, Briana Jones, Lin Lucas, Alan Sutherland and Helen Thorsen. There are duets, trios and unison dancing. The work uses movement, gesture and chairs to explore the interplay between paranoia and serenity in the struggle to maintain control in the face of madness. The dance exams the beauty and vulnerability of a soul coming to grips with their own unraveling. This dance closes with the dancers finding their own resolution their higher ground. The inspiration for the work comes from the Stevie Wonder Song “Until We Reach The Higher Ground” and the documentary “The Library of Dust” based on David Masiel’s photos of the Oregon State Mental Hospital where “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed. Masiel’s photos document the decay of the hospital and the 5000 copper canisters which hold the remains of residents of the mental hospital. Over the many years the hospital operated a crematorium on the premises. The dance explores the interior life of our most vulnerable, the throw away people on our streets, the loneliness of being unwanted in life as well as in death, and the resilience of the human spirit.