HYBRID PERFORMANCE (Online Live Performance & Films)
March 6 & 8, 2021
Virtual Theatre (Zoom & YouTube)
About The Show:
En:2021 explores human connection during the current world pandemic. In an effort to communicate with one another, in spite of the physical limitations, we have been relying on technology to connect with others. Technology, however, can often overwhelm us with choices and information. During these unprecedented times have we been losing our balance just as our world has? This production explores the ways in which we find connection and inspiration within each other, while also exploring how we can evolve and find balance within ourselves. It’s our hope that through these connections and personal transformations that we can create positive change for the world that will live on for future generations.
In this online production, 6 performers/artists tell their stories through images (Films) combined with live performance.
What is En?
We encounter several deep connections in our lives, intentionally and unintentionally. Some connections are brief, while others last a lifetime. This is called En/縁 in Japanese. En/縁 can be both positive and negative, and can grow into a relationship. We can create En /縁 with people, locations, objects, and all living beings.
Choreographer/Director: Yoshiko Sienkiewicz (AKA Yokko)
Miles Butler, Annie McCoy, Jorge Luna, Frankie Mulinix , Rachelle Dart, Zak Ma
Music by Paul Michael Henry
Sound design & Music by Alyssa L. Jackson
Assistant Director/Graphic Designer: Saki Kawamura
Technical Supervisor: Robin Dill
Production Assistant: Krzy Sien
Publicist: Jay Michaels
Associate Producer: Bob Lyness
Producer: Ren Gyo Soh
March 6 @ 8pm
March 8 @ 8pm
March 10-17 (YouTube Archive)
YouTube Live Streaming
(Archive March 10-17 )
$12-15 (Live Performance)
$5-10 (YouTube Archive)
Official Trailer for En:2021
MEET THE CAST
Annie McCoy (Performer / Filmmaker) is an actress who started with a focus in Musical Theatre. She moved from Orlando to New York to study at Circle in the Square. Developing a passion for physical theatre she continued to study and work with Danyon Davis. She began working with Yokko in 2015 through the Ume group and then through Ren Gyo Soh. Some past productions include Splitfoot (Piper Theatre) and By Wing, Fin, Hoof or Foot (The Ume Group). As well as Ren Gyo Soh’s Butoh centric Shinka (winner of the IT awards) and En. Her belief is that Butoh is a craft which allows for the opportunity to take accountability and notice of all things past, present and future in our universe. With this awareness it is her goal to use the body to produce art that is truthful, transcendent and engaging.
Miles Butler (Performer / Filmmaker) is an Actor, Physical Theatre Artist from D.C. He has been working with Ren Gyo Soh since 2017. NYC Credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (EPIC), Caveman Play (Third Space), SHINKA (RenGyoSoh), Loudmouth (Rebel Playhouse), Naked Hamlet (Torn Out Theater), Anthropomorphic (Puppetry Arts), Ariel in The Tempest (Stag and Lion), Alexander Who's Not Going To Move (Two Beans, National Tour), enter a garden (Motor Company), in the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey (Beck Lyrics) DC: Studio Theatre, Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Wolf Trap, Ford's Theater, Folger Theater and various. Former company member of Synetic Theater and the Flea Theatre. He is a teaching artist with EPIC Players, a neuro-inclusive theatre company. BFA in Theatre (Brooklyn College) www.milesbutler.com
Jorge Luna (Performer/FilmmakerAt the age of seven he was inspired by a virtuoso circus performance by a troupe called Círcolo. Jorge Luna started off as a dj and loved being smuggled into nightclubs at a young age to spin. FILM: planet b234, The Week Of (Netflix), All The Beautiful Things, (Sundance), The Last Frankenstein, Catching Fireflies, All Is Not Lost, Angelo, Bx3M. TV: Lisey's Story, Elementary, The Blacklist, Power, Law & Order: SVU, The Code, One Life to Live, Basile. THEATRE: Hamlet; Caborca, Deathwatch; The New Ohio Theatre, The Dream Dances; The Ume Group, EN, SHINKA, Yuragi; Ren Gyo Soh, Starry Messenger; Theatre For The New City, Cymbeline; Chashama, Iphigenia at Aulis; Tiyatro Global, The Promise; CBA, FLORIDITA, My Love; INTAR, Barceloneta, de noche; IATI, The Tempest, Julius Caesar; BC. TRAINING: Shakespeare; RADA. MFA Acting; Brooklyn College. @jorgelunadj
Jorge Lune Official Website
Frankie Mulinix (Performer / Filmmaker) With a career spanning Canada, Australia, and the United States, Frankie is a burlesque, spoken-word, and butoh-based performer. As Vibrance Centre for Voice and Movement, she teaches acting, voice, and movement and is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® teacher. Combining her backgrounds in voice, physical theatre performance, and Occupational Therapy (in neurology, chronic pain, mental health, and occupational justice), she specializes in helping actors and other professionals overcome anxiety and other barriers to performance. As the Artistic Director of Burning Bones Physical Theatre, her mission is to contribute to the development of creative communities, creative careers, and creative culture through physical performance and collaborative projects. She is very excited to be working with Yokko and to be continuing to explore connection with an ensemble and performance-building online.
Rachelle Dart (Performer/Filmmaker) is delighted to be working with Ren Gyo Sho. She is a performer, traditional storyteller and teaching artist in Phoenix Arizona. She holds Bachelors in Theatre from Arizona State University and is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Previous roles include Benvolio-Romeo and Juliet, Olivia- Twelfth Night (Southwest Shakespeare Company), John Wesley Powell-Men on Boats (Arizona State University). An Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, she is passionate about safe stage combat in education and performance. Fight choreography includes Othello, Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwest Shakespeare Company), Shakespeare Land of the Dead, Kill Will (Scottsdale College). In 2018, she apprenticed in the craft of storytelling with Irish storyteller Liz Weir, MBE. She loves exploring the many ways stories can be shared and experienced to bring us back to connection, compassion and inquiry!
Zak Ma (Performer/Filmmaker) is a New York based Vietnamese American actor from Southern California. While pursuing his MFA at The Actors Studio Drama School, Zak explored transformational roles such as Prior in Angels in America, Alan in Equus, and Steve in Hope and Gravity. He is also a passionate devised theatre artist, having collaborated in original experimental works such as The Park, Forces, and SHINKA, where he first dove into butoh with Ren Gyo Soh. Zak believes in the healing power of art and aims to explore the human psyche and spirituality in his artistic endeavors.
Zak Ma Official Website
Yoshiko Sienkiewicz (Choreographer & Director, AKA Yokko) is an award-winning Japanese artist, whose work has been presented across the USA and Europe. (List of Awards) She has acted in, devised, and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, music videos and films. Her major work: Butoh Medea, Hide of Fires, SHINKA and BALDY. Her choreographed work, SHINKA received Outstanding premier production of a play and Outstanding Choreography & Movement at New York Innovative Theatre Award Season 2018-2019. Most recently, her Butoh work has been seen in several music videos, including I Don’t Know Where We Went Wrong (HOKO, 2020) and Ready To Let Go (Cage The Elephant, 2019). She is the artistic director of the Butoh Theatre Group, Ren Gyo Soh. B.A in Theatre (UAlbany), MFA in Acting (The Actors Studio).
YOKKO (Actor, Butoh & Theatre Artist, Movement Couch)
Paul Michael Henry (Music) is a Scottish performance artist, dancer, and musician. His work is informed by Butoh dance, punk rock, and ritual, and is performed all over the world. Recent projects include SHRIMP DANCE (a multimedia dance work exploring the links between anti-depressants, ecological crisis, and late capitalism), a tour of the United States with Laughter at Being Crushed, touring as a Butoh dancer in France and Japan, the premiere of new performance Mammy at CCA Glasgow, and a new film exploring high rates of male suicide in Scotland and globally called SMITE ME NOW. Michael’s themes are political, social & spiritual, dealing with love, neglect of the body, destruction of the environment, and atrophy of the soul in a consumerist society.
Paul Michael Henry
Alyssa Jackson (Sound Design & Music) is currently a student at Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College with an interest in media scoring. She graduated with a degree in Music Performance for Cello also from Brooklyn College. Alyssa enjoys applying her classically trained background into unconventional performance mediums for cello. She has performed and collaborated with puppet theatre productions, japanese butoh dance cabarets, classical theatre underscoring and improvisation with jazz big band concerts. In addition to exploring the performance mediums, Alyssa hopes to continue her studies in music composition, sound design and audio engineering in the evolving enthusiastic world of music and technology. Her passion for the arts also extends to her hobby in graphic design where she can collaborate with fellow classmates and musicians to create visual media and art with music.
Saki Kawamura (Assistant Director & Graphic Designer) is a NY-based director, actor and dancer, originally from Japan.She is delighted to be a part of Ren Gyo Soh! Her passion for theatre has led her to move to NYC in 2019. She currently pursues her MFA in Directing at the Actors Studio Drama School. BA in Sociology and Media Studies from International Christian University in Tokyo. She puts her value on the process of collaboration. She loves to hear the stories of her collaborators and put them into the works, which she believes is the important chemistry to make a unique art.
Saki Kawamura Official Website
Robin Dill (Tech Supervisor) A Lighting, Scenic and Sound Designer/Technician from Walnut Creek, CA. Robin has designed and teched shows for a number of groups around NYC like The Ume Group and the Void Theatre Company, for independent artists like Yokko, and for collaborative projects like UNFIX NYC. He also works various projects ranging from Production managing NY Fashion week shows to working trade shows and other events all around NYC.
Lighting Designer/Technical Director
UNFIX NYC 2015-2019
SHINKA at Captal Fringe 2017
SHINKA at Planet Connection 2018
Butoh Medea Tour Technician /Company Manager
Bob Lyness (Associate Producer) comes from a theater background, but has primarily studied and performed butoh for the past twelve years, studying with Yoshito Ohno, Diego Pinon, Vangeline, Joan Laage, and others, and really considers Yoshito Ohno as his main mentor and inspiration. He has been supporting Ren Gyo Soh since the start. He is one of Board of advisors of Ren Gyo Soh.
SHINKA at Capital Fringe 2017
SHINKA at Planet Connection 2018
En at Triskelion Arts 2019
Butoh Mini Fest 2015, UNFIX NYC 2016, 2019