Based in Aarhus Denmark, Yael Gaathon 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, graduating from Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in '93. The following year she became a member of the internationally acclaimed Itim Theater Ensemble, performing with them worldwide among others at The Barbican Centre in London, Wiener Festwochen in Vienna and Adelaide festival in Australia. She began her training in Butoh in 1995, and later traveled to Japan 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 and private theater schools in denmark and The Danish Actors Association.
Yael Gaathons latest performance "Shinpai Shinaide - Don't Worry About Us" has been nominated for two Danish Theater Awards - Reumert 2019:
"Shinpai Shinaide - Don't Worry About Us" was nominated in the category of Best performance of 2019, and Yael Gaathon was nominated for Best performer of 2019