Butoh dance, literary reading explore GYRE at New Media Gallery

The worlds of dance and literary arts join forces with New Media Gallery’s GYRE exhibition in an upcoming performance.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the gallery is hosting a performance of GYRE: The Ocean Container.

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The event features local author Patrik Sampler reading from his 2017 novel The Ocean Container, plus a butoh dance performance by Carolyn Chan, Clancy Dennehy and others. (Butoh is an avant garde dance form that arose in Japan after the Second World War.)

A press release from the gallery notes that a butoh performance already existed, as Chan and Dennehy had created it A Butoh Submersion for the launch of Sampler’s novel. The three agreed to take on a further work, this time in response to the GYRE exhibition.

“Rich interconnections were readily apparent between the exhibition, the novel and the butoh performance: an interplay of themes, imagery and sound,” the release notes. “This then is a response within a reponse within a response, reflecting the gyre itself.”

Sampler’s novel will be available for purchase after the performance.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. (Doors will be closed at 7:30.) Audience members should note that the butoh dance contains nudity.

The New Westminster New Media Gallery is on the third floor at Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. See www.newmediagallery.ca for details.

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