Friday September 11 at 6PM-9PM
Please join us for the closing reception of The Grasshopper Lies heavy: A Remembrance of Hiroshima 70 Years On at PointB. This event will feature speaker George Tsouris and a Butoh dance installation by Margherita Tisato. George Tsouris will speak about the development and history of Butoh.
Vice Magazine’s Creators Project Blog
Surreal Solo Exhibition Remembers Hiroshima 70 Years Later, by Antwaun Sargent – August 10, 2015
Future of Storytelling Blog
The Grasshopper Lies heavy
By Karl Daum – August 12, 2015
Speaker and Dancer Biographies:
George Tsouris is a professor of Japanese literature and philosophy at City University of New York. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University in 2002. After living in Japan, his research interests have focused on ethics and justice, especially as applied to post-war Japanese contexts, such as the literature, manga, butoh and the arts. In addition to academics, Mr. Tsouris has also composed and directed the opera Ektor (2010), and the dance piece Death of the Buddha (2011), as well as directing several repertoire and contemporary operettas. He also creates animation for short films and video games.
Margherita Tisato started studying dance in Italy at the age of 8. She delved into Humprey-Limon and classical techniques paired with a deep work rooted in Maria Fux’s dance-therapy studies. Margherita taught dance classes to children and adults, including diversely abled individuals, psychiatric patients and court involved population from 2001 through 2006. In New York since 2006, she dances with Sokolow Theater Dance Ensemble, Dances for Isadora and independent choreographers while studying Humphrey-Limon and contemporary techniques. She started training with Vangeline of Vangeline Theater in 2007, becoming a principal dancer with the company in 2008, and consequently studied with other prominent Butoh Masters, such as Katsura Kan, Diego Pinon, the Tamanos, Yumiko Yoshioka, among others, making Butoh an integral part of her artistic and spiritual practice.