Yael Gaathon

based in Aarhus Denmark, is the artistic director of the Butoh company Blue Cliff. She has been working with Butoh for over 20 years choreographing, performing and teaching. She views Butoh as an extreme form of sincerity, both in presence and in creation. It is the soul that dances, revealing itself and sharing intimacy and darkness, joy and weakness. 

Yael started her career as a theater actress in Israel and was a member of the internationally acclaimed Itim Theater Ensemble, performing with them worldwide at prestigious places such as The Barbican Centre in London, Wiener Festwochen in Vienna and Adelaide festival in Australia. She began her training in Butoh in the middle of 1990s, and became a student of Yoshito Ohno. Today Yael Gaathon choreographs, directs, performs and teaches Butoh and theater, working among others with The National Theater School (DK) and the The Danish Actors Association.

Her appearance on stage was marked as:

 

“… dance with thrilling energy ”

The New York Times 

 

" Yael (Gaathon) ... is brilliant "

Information, DK

 

" Tall, striking Yael Gaathon...radiates serenity in repose "

“… DANCES WITH SHAMANIC INTENSITY ”

“… ONE OF THE CAST’S 10 REMARKABLE ACTORS ”

San Francisco Examiner