Evocation of Butoh is a mini festival with the aim of activating artistic and cultural exchange between international artists and local arts communities in Melbourne through the performance art of Butoh. This genre of dance/theatre was started in the late 50’s in Japan in the aftermath of WWII. Butoh, originally called the ‘Dance of Darkness’, finds expression through dance and movement for the visible and invisible states of living. This is a unique opportunity for audiences in Melbourne to experience sublime works by local and international practitioners: a diaspora of artists who left their countries of origin to extend their practice in contemporary society.

Intensive workshops, a public forum and an artists’ talk will also be presented to stimulate discourse around what Butoh is now in Australia.


Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.




Mar 9 – 12



Program 1:
Tony Yap (Malaysia/Australia)
Yumi Umiumare (Japan/ Australia)
Helen Smith (England/ Australia)
Thu, Fri 7.30pm
Approximately 90 minutes (with interval)

Program 2:
Yumiko Yoshioka (Japan/Germany)
+ Guest Artists
Sat 7.30pm | Sun 5pm
Approximately 60 minutes

Public Forum:
What is Butoh now in Australia?
Sun 12pm
180 mins (inc break)
(Free Admission)


La Mama Courthouse


Tickets Info/

Full $25 Concession $15

Phone Booking/

03 9347 6142