BANGKOK — The flexibility and complexity of human flesh will take the stage Friday through six artists in the upcoming International Butoh Festival.

Butoh artists from around the world will converge once again on Bangkok for the International Butoh Festival. This year, its theme explores changes to this ancient artform, which originated in Japan in the late 1950s.

The festival is separated into three programs:

Starting at 7pm on Friday and continuing through Sunday, the first program features shows by Tony Broer from Indonesia, Rosana Barra from Brazil-Spain and Calé Miranda from Brazil.


The following week, from Dec. 16 to 18, watch a “Quiet House” performance by Japanese artists Takayuki Takita and Yuko Kawamoto, along with Thailand’s Teerawat “Ka-ge” Mulvilai, artistic director of B-Floor Theatre.

Finally, a Butoh symposium rounds out the schedule at 4pm on Dec. 18 with Takashi Morishita, curator of the Hijikata Tatsumi Archive. Admission is free.

Tickets for the first two programs are 600 baht each, or 1,000 baht for both. Students can buy tickets for 500 baht each or 800 baht for both. All can be reserved via email or B-Floor Theatre’s Facebook page.

Workshops with the artists will be held Saturday through Dec. 18 for 1,000 baht, with access to all five workshops sold for 4,000 baht.

The festival starts Friday and runs through Dec. 18 in the studio on the fourth floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, which can be easily reached via skywalk from BTS National Stadium.