Oguri is arguably L.A.'s most recognized proponent of butoh
, and his Body Weather Laboratory is responsible for expanding the understanding of and appetite for this hypnotically slow, mesmerizing, sometimes apocalyptic dance form. This edition of BWL's annual Flower of the Season
finds Oguri joined by Japan's Yasunari Tamai for the local premiere of Notaway: Quest for Freedom
. Both Oguri and Tamai trained and danced with Japan's Min Tanaka, a seminal figure in the development of butoh in post-World War II Japan. Notaway
takes its inspiration from Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
in that Huck's travels had no specific destination, just away from where he was -- not unlike butoh's travels away from classical Japanese dance. Frequent Oguri collaborator Wadada Leo Smith provides music, performed live by Smith's Golden Quartet. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice; Fri., March 1, 8 p.m., Sat., March 2, 5 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 3, 3 p.m.; $22 in advance, $25 at door, $17 students, seniors & children under 18. (310) 306-1854, electriclodge.org.
Fri., March 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 2, 5 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 3, 3 p.m., 2013