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Sat, Jun 22



The Red Chador: A Butoh Activation

Anida Yoeu Ali in collaboration with the DAIPANbutoh Collective @ The Seattle Asian Art Museum, The Fuller Garden Court

The Red Chador: A Butoh Activation
The Red Chador: A Butoh Activation

Time & Location

Jun 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Seattle, 1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

About the event

On Saturday, June 22nd, a Butoh performance activation of Anida Yoeu Ali’s The Red Chador will take place in conjunction with her solo exhibition, Hybrid Skin, Mythical Presence, currently on view at the Seattle Asian Art Museum through July 7th. Ali is a Khmer-Muslim American whose work uses religious aesthetics to provoke ideas of otherness. The Red Chador emerged from a period of intense Islamophobia and misogyny and has been performed in 16 cities across seven countries since 2015.

In this live performance, Ali collaborates with the Seattle-based Butoh dance collective DAIPANbutoh, along with Leah Mann, Kawika Harold Costa, Martha Daniels, Hana Shiozaki, Betty Peralta, and live music by Leanna Keith, see bios bellow.

Butoh is an avant-garde art form born in a 1950s post-war Japan and is now practiced around the world. Articulated with breath, movement and embodied ritual, Butoh confronts and transcends lived experiences through primordial dance theater. Ali herself has been deeply influenced by Butoh as the practice offered her the ability to hone her presence and externalize her internal landscape. For this Butoh activation, several chador garments become portals of hybrid skins for The Red Chador and her Rainbow Brigade to transmute, contort, disrupt and dance their way into existence.

Anida Yoeu Ali is an artist, educator and global agitator born in Cambodia and raised in Chicago. Ali’s multi-disciplinary practices include performance, installation, videos, images, public encounters, and political agitation. Ali’s works have been performed and exhibited widely including at the Haus der Kunst, Palais de Tokyo, The Smithsonian, and the Seattle Asian Art Museum. She is a recipient of the 2024 Arts Innovator Award, a 2020 Art Matters Fellowship and the 2015 Sovereign Asian Art Prize. She received her B.F.A. from University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in from School of the Art Institute Chicago. Currently based in Tacoma, Ali serves as a Senior Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington Bothell and travels between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S.

Sheri Brown is the Artistic Director of DAIPANbutoh Collective, a choreographer, dance/math/science teacher, and dreamer has spent the last 24 years studying, training, performing, and teaching butoh on a journey inseparable from her work as an unfolding human being.

Joan Laage/Kogut Butoh is known as the NW pioneer in butoh. Joan studied with butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in Tokyo in the late 80s and performed with Ashikawa’s group Gnome. She is featured in Tanya Calamoneri’s Butoh America. Her Wandering & Wondering is an annual site-specific event at the Seattle Japanese Garden and Kubota Garden.

Alycia Scott Zollinger is a somatic healing facilitator, educator, and producer with Masters designation from the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.  She began her Butoh journey in 2006 and has performed around the globe using movement as a mode of social justice, poetic intervention, and connection.

Dhyana Garcia is an international butoh artist and holistic movement specialist born in Mexico. She is a former UW Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts faculty member and one of the co-founders of DAIPANButoh. With more than 30 years of experience teaching and performing internationally, she believes in the power of movement as medicine and Butoh as a practice of deep wisdom.

Helen Thorsen has a BA in Dance from Columbia College. Thorsen produces under, The Brittle Sisters and currently founded Butoh Tacoma. She began her study of Butoh in 1981 with New York butoh artists Eiko and Komo.

Leah Okamoto Mann is a multi-disciplinary artist and trauma informed somatic practitioner.  They are Artistic Director Emeritus of Moving in the Spirit (ATL) and currently in a long term collaboration with the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership exploring wellness factors in community.

Betty Peralta grew up dancing, although dance is not her trade. For work, Betty trains parents and professionals on healing interactions with children who experience stress. You can find out more about her by visiting

hana (they/them) is a healing facilitator and multidisciplinary performance artist of japanese and irish lineages. as a massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and dedicated student of butoh, they find endless wonder in the integration of their land-based movement and healing practices.

Kawika Harold Costa is a licentiate minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living, certified InterPlay Leader and Artistic Director of Playback Theater Northwest. A Hawaiian-born UW graduate, Kawika has been active in theater since 1975, including stage plays, movies and TV extra roles for Paramount, Warner Brothers and NBC. He is known for his warm heart and Polynesian smile. Kawika is also grateful for two incredible children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren with his husband.

A freelance flutist, artist, improviser, and composer in the Seattle area, Leanna Keith (she/they) delights in creating sound experiences that make audiences laugh, cry, and say: “I didn’t know the flute could do that!” Their works focus on spontaneous sound creation, timbre-shifting, the mixed-race experience, queer theory, and the breaking of performer/audience boundaries.

Martha Daniels discovered a profound connection with movement and expression as young adult. She is a self-taught dancer and love being inspired by all styles of dancing. She has dance with groups in the city of Seattle. She is motivated to inspire and share the passion of dance with all. Dance is more than a universal language; it transcends boundaries and unites us in celebration with all human spirit.

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