Robyn Bellospirito ~ Dance, Performance &
A Dance of the Spirit
Photograph Copyright Alex M. Wolff 2013
I call my dance a "Dance of the
Spirit" and in some ways I consider myself a butoh storyteller.
Above: A performance at "A
Turn at the Wheel" art exhibition
at B.J. Spoke Gallery in Huntington, NY, June 2012.
When I dance, it is really a spiritual
experience for me and it is always my hope that in the process,
I am stirring something in those who watch and touching some
hearts as well.
Above: Photo from my "Dia
de Los Muertos" performance at RIPE Art Gallery in Greenlawn,
My butoh dance is inspired by the late
Kazuo Ohno, who developed his own style of butoh with gentle,
expressive movements that emerged from a place of universal love.
Ohno once said, "Your movements must at all times be imbued
with a spiritual presence. The essential thing is that you get
your feelings across."
Above: Photos from my dance called "Maminko", taken
by William Kruhmin.
In 2010 I mentored with Maureen "momo"
Freehill and I have taken workshops with Swiss dancer Susanne
Daeppen. Both studied directly with
Kazuo Ohno, one of the founders of butoh dance.
Above: Photo from "Madame
Butterfly" performance, Webster Hall, New York City.
I have performed in venues including:
The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY; Webster Hall in New
York, NY; The Asian American Cultural Festival in Farmingdale,
NY; Ripe Art Gallery in Greenlawn, NY; The Art Walk in Oyster
Bay, NY; Love for Japan Fundraiser in Brentwood, NY; Cornucopia
in Amityville, NY; and numerous other venues including nursing
homes, art galleries and special events.
Above: From a performance at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington,
NY, July 2011.
Photograph Copyright Harvey Birnbaum 2011, www.harveybirnbaum.com
Butoh can be done by anyone, even those
with physical limitations, and it is my hope to continue to deepen
into my own practice, as well as share it with others who wish
to explore gentle, authentic movement as a form of healing and
Below is a photo from a butoh performance
at Cornucopia Noshery in Amityville, NY in October, 2011. You
can watch a video of this performance HERE.
Below are photos from my "9-11
Memorial Butoh Stroll" down Main Street in Huntington, NY
on September 11th, 2011.
Below are photos from a Tango-Butoh
performance between myself and Argentine Tango dancer Con Artist
at Webster Hall in New York City, NY on August 21st, 2011. We
combined the two dances for a "Madame Butterfly-themed"
performance. You can watch a video of this performance HERE.
Below are photos from a collaborative
performance between myself and fellow dancer/performer William
Kruhmin at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY on July 17th,
Below is a photo of me performing at
The Art Walk in Oyster Bay, NY.
Below is a photo from "Moon Dance,"
a collaborative performance between myself and fellow dancer/performer
William Kruhmin from March 2011 in Amityville, NY.
Below are photos of an ongoing collaborative
project with Argentine Tango dancer Con Artist, in which we are
combining Tango and Butoh in our unique way. We call this "TaBu"
I currently do both solo performances
and collaborative performances at art openings and other special
events, as well as in outdoor public spaces in towns on Long
Island and in New York City.
Below are some comments from people
who have seen me perform both at special events and doing street
"I felt so blessed to have
watched one of the most powerful and deepest movement pieces
I have ever seen that afternoon, by Robyn. It was trance forming."
"I loved the authenticity of
your performance- you're a wonderful artist!"
"So beautiful and moving...when
the music started I got chills and it brought tears to my eyes...so
glad I had the privilege to witness the magic!"
"I would like to thank you
for your performance last evening. It was wonderfully feeling,
you projected your spirit into the entire room. I could actually
feel myself pulled out of my body, and shared a piece of my spirit
with all there. A moving experience, brought about through your
powering of the environment. It is evident to me that you are
experiencing the spirit (unnamed) as a vessel."
"All were blessed by the stories
that unfolded in the sweet ssllllooooowww time that she brought
us into that day."
"You are doing some awesome
work, Robyn. You are putting yourself out there in a wave of
"Robyn, your performance was
just magical, on that beautiful day in that perfect little courtyard
stage. Your dancing is shamanistic and elevating, with such economy
of movement. You conjured up another world."
"After a very rough day, watching
you dance helped bring me peace."
"Just divine....all your wonderful
and peaceful, loving energy flowing....a blessing for all seeing
you and feeling your energy and soft moves... The cars passing,
street noises......you are needed in this environment... Please
keep up what you do!"
"Ran into Robyn doing a performance
on New York Ave. this evening... What a pleasant surprise! She
graced the streets with her beautiful movements, we need more
"It makes me think of mother
earth trying to calm us all down as we scurry along. I love that
you are doing this."
"You are definitely bringing
a touch of lightness to the world."
"You are a living sculpture...it's
like your paintings came off the canvas and started dancing."
"You are a beautiful princess
from another world."
I started making videos several years
ago and found great joy in creating them, particularly video
self-portraits. If you would like to see my video self-portraits
and videos of my performances, please visit my YouTube Channel (bellspirit).
Below are some stills. Enjoy!