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Gessuri Gaitan: Devining Contemporary and Butoh

By Julye Huggins
Indus River (Water)

Tomorrow in Calgary, Gessuri Gaitan presents Fringe Forms at Dancers’ Studio West. Inspired by his recent studies in Dharamsala, India, and following the mentorship of Davida Monk, Gaitan fuses contemporary and butoh aesthetics. He will also be offering a Subbody Butoh Workshop on September 22nd, described by the presenter as allowing us to “come face to face with our whole self and explore our inner most desires, tendencies, darkness, light, playfulness and grotesque nature.”This video highlights Gaitan’s style, as he dedicates three short films to celebrate his thirty-year journey from Guatemala, through the United States, Canada and around the globe. Noted in the description of the video, he states: “Travel has been an integral part in my artistic development, allowing me to tap into the collective creative consciousness and develop a unique approach to movement, but more importantly it has revealed to me the need for healing actions on an individual level that can then be used to foster a collective awakening.”Check out the video below to see how he completely awed the judges in his audition for So You Think You Can Dance Canada in 2009.

Learn more:The 14th BaktunGessuri Gaitan’s YouTube Channel

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