(c) Vanessa Teran
"Best One Woman Show" (United Solo 2014)
"Best Physical Theatre" (United Solo 2015)
"Best Actress" (The TVolution 2018 Hollywood Fringe Awards)
"Best Choreography" (United Solo 2014)
"Best Costume Design" (United Solo 2014)
"Best Lighting Design" (United Solo 2014)
"Asian Arts Award" (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015)
"Best International" (The HFF 18 Award)
"Best Dance & Physical Theatre" (The HFF 18 Award)
About the show...
Inspired by the Medea myth and Euripides' great tragedy, and using the Japanese Butoh Dance, Yokko brings the tortured spirit of Medea to life. This fusion of Eastern dance and Western drama invites the audience inside Medea’s dark and desperate struggle. Trapped in the underworld, she is forever cursed to relive her tragic journey through love, hate, and ultimate loss.
About the project...
"Butoh Medea" is a project that melds Greek Myth and Greek tragedy with a contemporary Japanese dance form Butoh Dance to create a new genre of performance. It is directed by Brian Rhinehart and received 4 awards at The United Solo Theatre Festival in 2014, including “Best One-Woman Show.” The awards were announced at the festival's closing gala on Sunday, November 23rd, celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the 10-week festival, which presented 130 productions from 6 different continents. Yokko started creating “Butoh Medea” March 2014, reserching the mythological Medea, and Euripides' tragic dramatization of her story, using the Japanese dance form of Butoh. She started working with co-choreographer Jordan Rosin, costume designer Deepsikha Chaterjee, and lighting designer Derek Van Heel for a workshop of the show in May, 2014. After the first dance workshop, she started working with playwright Sean Michael Welch, who finalized this creation. Shortly after that Ren Gyo Soh began editing the play's soundscape and working with director Brian Rhinehart to blend dance and text. We as a team believed this piece is important as a new form of dramatic art, and needs to be seen by a wider audience, so we decided to bring the show to The Edinburgh Festival Summer 2015, nominated Asian Arts Award. We brought back the show to United Solo, received Best Physical Theatre in 2015. Since then the show has been touring Universities in the USA and also outside of the USA. This inter-cultural, collaborative creation that was born in a basement in New York City will take the world stage!!