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29/05/04

Don McLeod & Jorge Davies Present

Sacred Madness
An evening of butoh theatre and soulful experimental music
Featuring butoh performance artist DonMcLeod & composer/musician Jorge Davies
& special guest artists


Sundays at 7:30 pm

Beginning June 6th, June 13th & June 20th


A different show each week


June 6th - Forgotten Objects that are evocative of a lost time.

June 13th - Fabrics, Materials and Clothing, how we relate to and are influenced by the things we wrap around us.

June 20th - Extreme Transformations an exploration of how we identify with and become “other”.



Tickets: $15.00
Call 310-394-9779 ext. 395
Cash or checks at the door (sorry, no credit cards)



The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street (just south of Wilshire Blvd)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
www.zenbutoh.com


For Immediate Release
May 30, 2004


Don McLeod & Jorge Davies Present “Sacred Madness Live” – three separate themed evenings of butoh theatre and soulful experimental music opening Sunday, June 6th at 7:30 at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Beginning June 6th and continuing through June 20th butoh performance artist DonMcLeod and composer/musician Jorge Davies joined by special guest artists will present the results of their three-year collaboration merging the physical world of butoh and the aural world of music.
Each of the three performances will explore different themes, both in movement and music and will be created using improvisational techniques based on developed themes. The theme for June 6th is Forgotten Objects that are evocative of a lost time.The Theme for June 13th is Fabrics, Materials and Clothing, which will explore how we relate to and are influenced by the things we wrap around us. The theme for June 20th s is Extreme Transformations. This performance will explore how we identify with and become “other”.

Don McLeod says of Butoh: "For me, Butoh is a way of life, a way of being
fully alive in present time. Many of us spend much our conscious lives
restricting the body's movement always attempting to conform to social
standards of acceptable behavior. Butoh is a return to a more primal or
natural way of movement like that of a child or animal.
Most of my work is improvisational. I may start with a theme, or a series
of images and then let the body take me where it may. Many of the images I
use are from my daily observations of people, animals, plants or even more
obscure sources -- concepts that are found in surrealistic paintings, avant
garde music and literature. A look on a strangers face, a memory of a dead
relative, or even the shape and texture of a stone can be inspiration for a
whole series of spontaneous movements. Kabuki and Noh theatre, Zen, Tai Chi
and Qigong are also major influences. Certainly the art of Ukiyo-e
(Japanese prints) with its animated characters . . . with Butoh the
performer must return to a place before thought, a place where the body and
mind become a blank canvas . . . I try to attain 'a beginner's mind,' for as
the great Zen master Dogen once said, 'In the beginner's mind there are many
possibilities, but in the mind of the expert, there are few.'

"McLeod's voiceless, primal drama is beautiful . . ."
Hollywood Reporter

"McLeod is a master of movement ... A living tabula rasa. "
LA Weekly Magazine

"His performance at UCLA provided an evening of
artistry rarely seen in live theatre today . . . great ambient
music and dance drama that makes one think.
There were no seats left . . . and the audience hung
on his every move . . ."
Los Angeles Free Press

"It's like watching eternity..."
The Onion News

About the Artists
Don McLeod has been performing throughout the US and internationally since 1970. He has appeared in many films and TV shows including Trading Places, Hook, The Howling, and The Witches of Eastwick.
Jorge Davies has been creating and performing soulful soundscapes using found
sound, home made instruments, his voice and guitars since he was 15. His most recent solo album in entitled Ghosts.
”Sacred Madness Live” plays Sundays June 6th, June 13th and June 20th at 7:30 PM at The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 4th Street (just south of Wilshire Blvd) Santa Monica, CA 90401. All tickets are $15.00 cash or checks at the door (no credit cards). $3.00 parking is available across the street (4th Street) in City Lot #1. For reservations call the ticket hotline at 310-394-9779 x395


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posted by Don  # 6:39 AM

26/03/04

Butoh Poetry & Music: Some really inventive theatre happening at Santa Monica Playhouse on Saturday

If you are not working on Saturday night treat
yourself to this evening of Butoh and Poetry.
A unique pairing of spoken word and dance theatre in a
one night only event at Santa Monica Playhouse.
Tickets are only $10.

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

Santa Monica Playhouse presents
BODY LANGUAGE: A CELEBRATION OF BUTOH AND POETRY

Santa Monica, CA., March 27, 2004 The Santa Monica
Playhouse Benefit
Series continues to showcase new and exciting artists
with a special
Saturday evening performance of Annie Reiner & Don
McLeod BODY LANGUAGE: A CELEBRATION OF BUTOH AND
POETRY, directed by Playhouse Co-Artistic
Director Chris DeCarlo, one night only, Saturday,
March 27 at 8:00 PM. A rebellious
dance form that had its origins in Japan in the
1960's, Butoh is a hybrid form of art, incorporating
elements of theatre, dance, mime, Noh, Kabuki and
at times the Chinese arts of Chi kung and Tai chi. In
this performance McLeod, a master of performance art,
will mold his movements to the pointed
and expressive linguistic movements of Reiner’s
poetry.

Body Language is a perfect example of the whole being
greater than its two parts, said director Chris
DeCarlo. The Playhouse is pleased to be
able to have played matchmaker to this particular
melding of spoken and non-spoken word and to bring
this wonderful artistic marriage to our audiences.

Annie Reiner (poet, playwright, artist and
psychotherapist) returns to Santa Monica Playhouse as
poet and performer. Her first play, Mirage á Trois,
which debuted at the Playhouse in 1999, was described
by comedy legend Mel Brooks as: ?insightful,
imaginative and witty If Freud, Pirandello and
Groucho Marx sat down to write a play together, thiswould be it. Her poems have appeared in numerous
journals and anthologies, including From
Daughters And Sons To Fathers, The title poem of her
last collection, The Naked I was a winner in the 1992 Los Angeles
Poetry Festival. Poet Maya Angelou gave her the
highest praise, writing, Annie Reiner is a poet,
and a fine poet at that.

Don McLeod (Butoh & movement artist) has been featured
in many motion pictures, television shows and
commercials as a physical performer. He was
the Famous American Tourister Gorilla in the TV ads,
the gorilla in Trading Places and recently starred
with Celene Miranda in Dancing Out Of Darkness,
an original film on Butoh dance. McLeod toured
numerous colleges, theatres and high schools in the
U.S. and Canada and has performed extensively
in Asia and South America, spreading the appreciation
of the art of Butoh dance. The Hollywood Reporter said
MeLeod’s voiceless, primal drama is beautiful!
BODY LANGUAGE is at the Playhouse for one performance
only and seating is limited. For reservations and
information call the box office at 310-394-9779 ext. 1
or go to SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com. Tickets are a
$10-$15 donation to the Save the Playhouse Campaign.
Santa Monica Playhouse, celebrating its 41st year of
continuous theatrical and educational services to the
community, is located at 1211 4th Street in
Santa Monica in the heart of the Bayside District.

posted by Don  # 8:39 AM

03/05/03

Don McLeod Butoh at Beyond Baroque Theatre


ANNIE REINER and DON McLEOD collaborate in a theatrical mix of poetry and movement. (Q & A session with the artists will follow the performance)

Poet ANNIE REINER will read from her third book of poems, Beyond Rhyme and Reason and other works. Reiner is a playwright, the author of a book of short stories, author/illustrator of four children's books, and a practicing psychotherapist, specializing in dreams. DON McLEOD is an internationally acclaimed performance artist who has been touring his shows since 1970. His work incorporates elements of butoh, corporeal mime and Grotowski theatre. His butoh film, Dancing Out of Darkness, is available at www.zenbutoh.com

Beyond Baroque
May 31, Saturday - 7:30 PM
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA
310-822-3006
posted by Don  # 6:03 AM

08/04/03

Don McLeod - Guest Artist
Third Annual Poets gathering

Saturday: April 12th 2003 1:00 till the dark of night

This is a free event to celebrate the poets, Musicians and artists of the Los Angeles community.

A special guest performer, Butoh master Don McLeod, with percussionist Paul Harvella and guitarist Marc Kollar. A stunning blend of Butoh theatre with surrealistic primal sounds. For more info on Don McLeod's Butoh Theatre ... click here:

Don will be performing in the late afternoon and possibly an additional performance in the early evening. In the meantime, bring a poem for the readings throughout the day.

This is pot luck; so, bring something to share, preferably healthy, perhaps an extra cushion, and a sweater. This event will partially take place in Howard's Rainforest.

There will be no smoking in or around the premises, please respect this.

This is a celebration of life, at a time when we really need a positive direction, and a lot more fun. For those of you who have been here before. It is been said it is "one of the best parties ever", so come and celebrate with your friends.

Mark it on your calendar: The location is at Howard's place, 4967 Canoga AV, Woodland Hills CA

818-340-0318, or howard@crispata.com

Directions: Take the Ventura freeway-101 west from the San Diego 405 freeway, and get off at Canoga AV, turn left under the freeway and go 6/10th of a mile to 4967 Canoga Av, right ,west side of the street. If you come to a stop sign, you have gone 1 block too far. From Oxnard, get off the 101 at the TOPANGA off ramp; this will put you on Ventura Boulevard. Stay on Ventura to the third light, Canoga, and turn right, or South. Or come from the PCH through Topanga. Turn Right on Dumetz and Left on Canoga.

For further information on Don McLeod, master of movement go to: www.zenbutoh.com



Howard Bilow
4976 Canoga Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-340-0318 (for more info)

This is a free event to celebrate the poets, Musicians and artists of the Los Angeles
community
howard@crispata.com

Directions:
Take the Ventura freeway-101 west from the San Diego 405 freeway, and get off at
Canoga AV, turn left under the freeway and go 6/10th of a mile to 4967 Canoga
Av, right ,west side of the street. If you come to a stop sign, you have gone 1
block too far. From Oxnard, get off the 101 at the TOPANGA off ramp; this will
put you on Ventura Boulevard. Stay on Ventura to the third light, Canoga, and
turn right, or South. Or come from the PCH through Topanga. Turn Right on Dumetz
and Left on Canoga
posted by Don  # 9:08 AM

12/01/03

Starting rehersals for several new projects in 2003 ...... details soon.

Currently accepting a limited number of private students
for butoh study. Also beginning a workshop series in Los Angeles soon, so leave you
info if interested.
posted by Don  # 9:29 AM

15/10/02

Introducing the first SOLA 2002 Dance Workshop Series!
A day of Modern dance technique, Contact Improvisation, Antigravity Dance and Butoh Dance Classes!

Saturday, NOVEMBER 2 from 10:30-5:30 PM.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Studio 2
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
(15 Min south of LAX -- from 405 exit Crenshaw, from 110 exit Torrance Blvd.)

$15/class
$25/two classes
$50/all day workshop pass that includes one ticket to the SOLA Festival. (Regularly $76)

The following four artists from the SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival will be teaching November 2 as part of a workshop series associated with SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival 2002.


Modern Dance with Regina Klenjoski
10:30AM - 12:15PM
Combining elements from the teachings of Jose Limon,
Merce Cunningham, classical ballet and release technique,
tackle fluidity and control while inverting, moving
organically and flying through space.

Contact Improvisation with Dorcas Roman
12:30PM - 2:00PM
Experiment with balance, trust, weight knowledge,
control & exchange, partnering, body awareness,
nonverbal communication and improvisation.

Antigravity Dance with Laura Everling
2:15PM - 3:45PM
A class that infuses the physical consciousness of
modern dance with the powerful elements of yoga,
capoiera and acrobatics to explore and expand the
capabilities of the human body.

Butoh Dance with Don McLeod
4:00PM - 5:30PM
Learn the vocabulary of Butoh while accessing a
primitive, natural state and exploring the movements
of the subconscious. Return to a place before thought
where the body and mind become a blank canvas.

To enroll and reserve your space call or e-mail 562.728.6496 / rkdance@aol.com.
Space is limited. Walk-ins will be accepted Saturday if space permits.


Don't forget to put SOLA 2002 on your calendars!

SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival
November 8-9, 2002 8 PM
$16 adults/$14 students, DRC, seniors
James Armstrong Theatre
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA (310) 781-7171
11 of LA's most exciting contemporary choreographers deliver a weekend of innovative dances from the subtle and sublime to the provocative and adventurous. This year's artists are Don McLeod Butoh Dance Theatre, Notoriety Inc., Albertossy Espinoza, Trip Dance Theatre, Underdog Dance Project, Laura Everling, Lucid Dance, Moonea Choi, Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Philein Wang and Dorcas Roman.


Don McLeod - Butoh Artist
Performing new 10 minute piece called REDEMPTION

SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival
James Amrstrong Theatre
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA
310-618-2376
Nov. 8th & 9th @ 8:00 PM
posted by Don  # 8:16 AM

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