In its 10th year, Asheville Butoh Festival is bringing Yumiko Yoshioka to the stage to exemplify the raw, avant-garde Japanese style of bodily expression. A renowned teacher based in Germany, she’ll perform her seminal work, Before the Dawn. “Yoshioka, through her own transformation, illuminates secrets in our bodies,” reads an event release. “Her movement and gestures execute a divine incantation in which she invites the sublime and monstrous beings from dreams and nightmares to dance with her.” Yoshioka performs at the BeBe Theatre on Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. ($18). Plus, she’ll lead two workshops there on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. ($40 each or $75 for both) before local performers respond with Asheville’s take on butoh at 7:30 p.m. ($18). Student and senior discounts are available. ashevillebutoh.com. Photo courtesy of the artist
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