VANESSA SKANTZE: Butoh Dancer Joins To End It All For Upcoming Spring Performances

Photo by Anima Nocturna

Butoh dancer VANESSA SKANTZE will join avant-garde/death industrial outfit/Scry Recordings labelmates To End It All on their upcoming Spring shows. The journey features several performances spread throughout the month of April in Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Eugene, Oakland, Sacramento, and Portland, with more to be announced in the months to come. Additional support will be provided by psychedelic doom folk collective (also on Scry Recordings) Geist And The Sacred Ensemble on select dates. See all confirmed dates below.

VANESSA SKANTZE w/ To End It All, Geist & The Sacred Ensemble:
4/01/2022 Cryptatropa – Olympia, WA
4/02/2022 Substation – Seattle, WA * To End It All Live At Teatro De La Psychomachia / Strength Is Nothing tape release show [tickets]
4/16/2022 Kvlt Mead – Tacoma, WA
w/ To End It All:
4/20/2022 Old Nick’s – Eugene, OR
4/21/2022 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA [tickets]
4/22/2022 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA [tickets]
4/23/2022 Azoth – Portland, OR

VANESSA SKANTZE is a Butoh artist, yoga practitioner, and writer who has performed and taught in the US and Europe for over twenty years. She became a student of Jinen Butoh founder Atsushi Takenouchi in 2003, having already co-created improvisation ensemble Death Posture in New Orleans. Currently based in Seattle, SKANTZE is a co-founder of Teatro de la Psychomachia, a DIY space which has hosted national and international performing artists and musicians for more than a decade. She also co-directed Butoh ensemble Danse Perdue. Her recent work, Writhing Treasure Feast, premiered in Seattle in February 2020 and features a recorded score by ten musicians, accompanied by a seventy-two-page book of photography/text with two CDs released by Scry Recording, featuring artwork by Anima Nocturna.

VANESSA SKANTZE has toured with Tatsuya Nakatani, Lydia Lunch, and shared the stage with Jarboe, and has choreographed to the music of Kris Force (Amber Asylum). Locally, she creates frequent collaborations with Noisepoetnobody and To End It All. Her works have appeared at dance and film festivals and has taught Butoh workshops in various regions. SKANTZE’s performance Red Flag On The Red Planet was featured at NY Butoh Fest 2020.