is an award-winning Butoh dancer and choreographer. She is the founder and artistic director of The Vangeline Theater Inc, and The New York Butoh Institute. Vangeline Theater is an all-female dance company that is committed to honoring the legacy of the art form while moving Butoh forward into the 21st century.
Vangeline's work has been heralded in publications such as:
“ captivating ”
The New York Times
“ moves with the clockwork deliberation of a practiced Japanese Butoh artist ”
Los Angeles Times
" one of the best Dance Visits of 2011."
Time OUT Chicago
More recently her 4-star performance of BUTOH BEETHOVEN received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 and was dubbed:
" Exquisite… a resplendent piece of performance theatre; a true tour de force, literally a feat of strength, within and without. ”
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015
Vangeline is the founder of the 9-year running, award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project", which brings Butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York City.
She is the winner of the 2015 Gibney Dance's Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award recognizing excellence in the field of Community Action. Her Butoh work has been commissioned by Atlantic Records’ Grammy award-winning artist SKRILLEX, and is featured in a major motion picture “The Letter” with James Franco and Winona Ryder.
In her workshops Vangeline provides an opportunity to explore and move deeply into an embodied process, awakening lost parts of the human being, exploring all human qualities to transform our dance, our daily life and offer creative energy to the community.
Participants start a spiritual and energetic journey to express, heal and transform hidden aspects of themselves. The work incorporates Japanese Butoh techniques, guided imagery, bio-energetics, core energetics, creative movement, improvisation, release techniques, elements of Noguchi gymnastics.