Celeste Hastings/The Butoh Rockettes
Celeste Hastings, photo by Julie Lemberger
Victoria’s Shadow is an over the top abstract otherworldly murder/soap/mystery, an amusing but suspenseful mini history of the fall and rise of mankind incorporating chorus lines, the butoh dance medium with layers of social/political commentary and ideas of reincarnation. A shifting soundscape by Hastings incorporates themes from Dark Shadows, Twin Peaks, Vampire Knights, Barry Lyndon and Jacques Tati films/tv.
Celeste Hastings is a New York City-based independent choreographer, performer, costume and soundscape designer also experimenting with video. Her work, both solo and group, fuses dance, theater, Japanese butoh and visual art with concepts of universal archetype. She has presented in the NY Butoh Festival, White Wave, CRS, Dixon Place, Galapagos and Frying Pan in France, Germany and Venezuela. She is director/choreographer of the satirical group “The Butoh Rockettes” seen in NY venues such as Abrons Arts Center, St. Marks Church, PS122, ‘Here, Cave, Mother’ (its birthplace) and many major clubs. A lead dancer for 12 years with postmodern butoh company Poppo and the Gogo Boys, she’s more recently performed with butoh masters Akira Kasai (Butoh America @ Japan Society), Yukio Waguri, Moeno Wakamatsu, Anemone and Tetsuro Fukuhara. Celeste has collaborated/performed often with Richard Move and Noémie Lafrance among many other artists/companies such as Anemone Dance Theater, Black Moon Theatre, Pepatien, Mariko Sanjo, NovEnsemble etc. The most recent Butoh Rockettes performance was Victoria’s Shadow at the 92St. Y in Nov. 2012 and in Dec. 2012. She co-created and performed the role of the “Other” in Nancy Farragallo’s tanz-theatre play Charlotte’s Song about schizophrenia, at the La Guardia Performing Arts Center also to be seen at Theater for the New City in April/May 2014.
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