Distinguished Japanese Butoh performer Katsura Kan has devised a new piece based on Act 2 of the Romantic Ballet Giselle with Frank Theatre company members and invited company associates, where he also performs a solo work.
"...Previous Frank Theatre productions in Brisbane have certainly helped prepare us for the art of Butoh, as presented by Japanese Butoh exponent Katsura Kan, as part of a EuroFrank/AsiaFrank Double Bill at the Powerhouse.
..Kan's taut body contorted, shook and stomped to represent the ritualistic connection of the conscious with the unconscious....
....in a series of images replete with signs of Butoh's origins in German Expressionism, the team of white-faced Frank spirits Lisa O'Neill, Caroline
Dunphy, Emma Pursey, Leah Shelton, Neridah Waters, Margi Brown Ash and Leah Mercer embodied these elements.
Then Kan's body fell into quiet and rest, at which point the musical overlay of the Celtic blessing Deep Peace and Ave Maria were almost incongruous occidental reminders of rescue from the confinements of the flesh."
Courier Mail 2003