Jacquelyn Shannon was first introduced to Butoh as a student of Dance and Movement Studies at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania in 2006. Supplementing her background in western contemporary modern dance, Ausdruckstanz and Contact Improvisation, Jacquelyn also holds a graduate degree from Indiana University in Communication and Culture, where she studied Butoh and other expressive modalities through theories of affect, performance and visual and embodied rhetorics. She dances Butoh as an affective, somatic expression of the ineffable, one that offers both a creative practice of resistance against the industrial regulation of people and of art, as well as a therapeutic and transformative practice of healing through synesthetic and extra-sensory dialogue between our poetic and authentic selves.
Jacquelyn finds in Butoh both a sense of rupture and rest, poetic play and transformative work. Her ethnochoreographic research on Butoh in the Rust Belt transformed her personal relationship with Butoh from art form to performative modality for manifesting hope, radical possibility and personal and social transformation.
When she isn’t performing with BUS, Jacquelyn fancies herself at once student, scholar, teacher and producer of culture, media and meaning and plans to continue learning, teaching and writing about Butoh and other performance modalities as poetic equipment for living and transformation. And her profound love of movement and devotion to beauty through poetic living is rivaled only by her affection for squirrels and other small woodland creatures.