butoh performers

The following performers will perform a scheduled piece at the second part of the day (after 5 pm), which will also be composed of live music, Butoh jams, and possible conferences. Artists are in alphabetical order.

Adam Koan (USA)

Adam is founder of Shadowbody, guide at Himalaya Subbody Butoh and Free Butoh School.


Ainara Makalilo (Spain)

Ainara Makalilo likes guerrilla DADA. She is part of collectives L'Atelier D, La Sangria Discreta, la Cie de TA Soeur and co-founder of the Moonwalk Project, an itinerant one-moon wild lab in nature.


Alessia Mallardo (Italy)

Psychologist (Dance Therapy) and Butoh Performer. Freelance, she is involved in social and in artistical projects working with NGOs and assisting last three years Atsushi Takenouchi’s Jinen Butoh School. She is a big promoter of Yumiko Yoshioka’s work and Noguchi Taiso.

Alex Wynne (Australia)

Alex is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh guide and videographer.

Alice Young (Russia)

Alice Young is a performer in Ukraine who recently took part in BACCHAE (Dionys!SOS!) in TEO: theaterspace (Odessa). Her project is PANDORA press which explores the interaction between plastic, visual, music and other arts through performative practices.

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Alyssa Warncke (Thailand)

Alyssa Marie Warncke is a butoh-influenced artist born and raised in Bangkok. She has worked professionally as a singer/voice coach, a pianist/composer, musician/actress, performance artist, dancer and workshop leader in the experimental art, theatre and performance scene in Hamburg.


Anna Nela Styra (Germany)

Anna is a Himalaya Subbody alumni from Leipzig. Guides groups in somatics and performs self-created Butoh pieces in India and Germany. Since last year (2018) in apprenticeship for somatic work/ dance therapy.

Cilla Vee (USA)

Claire Elizabeth Barratt (aka Cilla Vee) is an inter-disciplinary artist with a performing arts background. She is the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts – an arts organization with a focus on cross-media collaboration. Her work utilizes artistic disciplines of dance, music, text, media, visual and installation art.


Coco Villarreal (Mexico)

Coco is an international Butoh performer and director of Teatro Prieto Compañía Internacional.

Donna Svazek (Netherlands)

Donna is an internaitonal performer and has been dancing Butoh since 2007. She studied under Itto Morita, Lee Rhizome, Honza Svasek and Adam Koan. Donna grew up with a fully deaf older sister, so from birth she found that sound is only a very small part of human communication, and that there is a lot more to body movement. She is interested in healing the mind through the body.

Emilia Liimatainen (Finland)

Emilia is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni. 

Gora Pindi (India)

Gora is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni.

Gustavo Thomas (Mexico)

Butoh artist, photographer, playwright, poet, stage director and independent performing arts researcher. Currently lives in Guangzhou, China.


Honza Svasek (Netherlands)

Honza is the mastermind behind Free Butoh and has a regular Butoh camp in Tumkur, India (south India). Also an alumni of Himalaya Subbody Butoh.


Julie Becton Gillum (USA)

Julie Becton Gillum is an international butoh performer and butoh festival organizer based in North Carolina. 


Ken Mai (Japan)

Ken Mai is an international Butoh performer and guide currently living in Finland. Studied directly under Kazuo Ohno. He is also a former Zen monk!


Laurence Mersegair (France)

Laurence is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni.

Luciana Sayanes (Argentina)

Luciana is the founder and Director of Benzaiten Collective, Hachinosu Music Project and Nyx Butoh, groups dedicated to artistic experimentation, creation and dissemination of the Arts in the world.


Margarita Tseng (Taiwan)

Margarita is an international Butoh performer and a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni

Marco Nektan (Serbia)

Marco is a trans-media artist and trans-ritual performer. Founder of Nektan art.


Maureen Momo Freehill (USA)

Momo is the director at Butopia and is an international Butoh performer.


Mohit Thadhani (India)

Mohit is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni.

Nabila Khan (India)

Nabila is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni.

Özerk Sonat Pamir (Turkey)

Ozerk is a Subbody guide at Subbody Butoh Himalaya.


Patruni Chidananda Sastry (India)

Patruni Chidananda Sastry is a classical Indian dancer who breaks the boundaries of these forms through butoh and expressionist dance. Thematically, Patruni often touches upon social matters such as gender, LGBTQA, and sexuality. Photo by Manab Das.


Polina Paula Gapo (Russia)

Paula is an actress, clown, and performer. Graduated from Moscow institute of Art. Throughout 15 years, has been in theatre and tv shows. Lives in Barcelona currently. Paula will do a Butoh-inspired performance.

Ruusu (Finland)

Ruusu is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni.

Santeri Vikström (Finland)

Santeri is a Subbody guide at Himalaya Subbody Butoh.

Somnambula Theater (Russia)

Somnambula is a 3-person troupe directed by Sharly Kornitskaya. They will perform "Under The Cortex." Somnambulu can be described as physical theatre with a great influence of Butoh and some elements of contemporary dance, clownery and pantomime.

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Sonja Indianna Salkowitsch (Norway)

Sonja Indianna is a Norwegian performer, working with a mix of physical theatre and butoh. She runs her own project Pluskvamperfektum, investigating different ways to enter the abstract narrative and to materialize the stories that happen between the realities.


Sonja Kilpeläinen (Finland)

Sonja is a Himalaya Subbody Butoh alumni.

Tebby W.T. Ramasike (South Africa)

Tebby RAMASIKE, is a South African choreographer, dancer, dance teacher & researcher and cultural activist. He arrived in Europe in 1995 after working with different theatre and dance companies in South Africa and abroad.


Vishal Choudhary (India)

National School of Drama graduate practicing theater for the past 10 years. Studied at Himalaya Subbody Butoh for the past 3 years.

Zalina Gamat (India)

Zalina is a student, performer and emerging guide at Himalaya Subbody Butoh.