Gerda Sokelyte, born in 1985 in Lithuania, graduated with BA in History (Lithuania), MA in Political Science (Lithuania) and MA in Anthropology (Denmark).
As an anthropologist she did a research about the auto-poetic Street Art social movements in Uganda (Kampala). Currently she is interested in Ankoku Butoh theater-dance and philosophy.
The clash between language and body, which forms the backbone of Ankoku Butoh, encourages her to dance this (re)search.
I believe in learning-by-doing process, it allows me to reach an open-minded approach and understanding of limits, space and personality. My intension is to learn about Ankoku Butoh from local creators: Natsu Nakajima, Yoshito Ohno, etc. I will try to look at it through the ”inside” perspective, in other words, (re)search Ankoku Butoh through dancing.
As Natsu Nakajima said, ”(…) the idee of Ankoku Butoh is based on such body ideologies as ”the extra-daily body” or ”strip off the individual or social identity” and return to the body as a natural entity”. This concept turned into the spine for the ”9 mono” (re)search. ”9 mono” – 9 bodies danced in 9 different spaces of Tokyo city. It will be implemented together with co* iki and local community.
Stills from short film “Pleasure” by Gintare Sokelyte: