SLU to Host Japanese Artist, Choreographer | St. Lawrence University

SLU to Host Japanese Artist, Choreographer

By Maxime Bost-Brown ’17

St. Lawrence University’s Arts Collaborative will welcome a New York City-based performer Yokko on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to showcase her award-winning production “Butoh Medea” in the Edison R. Miles Black Box Theatre located in the Griffith Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Yokko will also visit students in classrooms from Monday, Sept. 19, to Thursday, Sept. 22.

Yokko is a movement and Butoh artist as well as an actress from Nagoya, Japan. She not only acted in an assortment of local and international shows, but also created and choreographed them. Yokko has won several awards, including Best One-Woman Show for “Butoh Medea.” The show was selected to perform in Warsaw, Poland, in 2015 at United Solo Europe and to tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, which consisted of 21 shows, five of which sold out completely.

In “Butoh Medea,” Yokko tells the story of Medea by utilizing Butoh ,the contemporary Japanese dance form, and classical Greek tragedy. She projects Medea’s mind onto the audience as she is confined to the underworld and bound by a curse to relive tragedy through deep emotional turmoil.

Yokko's visit is also supported by the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund.

For more information, contact the Department of Performance and Communication Arts at 315-229-5166.