Writhing Treasure Feast is a soundtrack for the solo dance exploration by activist and luminary Butoh dancer Vanessa Skantze. Here Skantze explores the sounds of the fierce beauty, pain, resourcefulness, and resurrection of the land, the people, the creatures, and elements of the original Americas, dancing with the gods of Mexico, North America, and Haiti primarily. Writhing Treasure Feast draws from the artist’s travels to Mexico and Haiti, her experience and initiation into a Vodou Sosyete (community) in New Orleans, and her residency in Seattle, the traditional land of the Duwamish People.
Skantze produced, directed, choreographed, and performed the live dance elements of the piece as well as conceptualized, co-produced, and commissioned the music, photography, original text, and painting aspects of this magnum opus which incorporates the skills of a host of vanguard sound artists including Masaaki Masao, Erymanthe (Joy Von Spain and Susan Dumett), Pink Void, Greg Campbell and Sioux City Pete, Morher, Noisepoetnobody and Uneasy Chairs, and Noisepoetnobody and Cailleach.
Divided into seven sections: Stone, Sea, Wind, Fire, Serpent, Muck, and River featuring lush and unexpected soundscapes, the offering was recorded and mixed by Marc Tweed, mastered by Casey Chittenden Jones, and includes artwork by Ambrosia Bardos and photography by Anima Nocturna.
The above quote is from the press release for Writhing Treasure Feast, a new soundtrack album with music commissioned and produced by Butoh artist and yoga/dance teacher Vanessa Skantze for her “evening-length solo dance production” Writhing Treasure Feast: Song of the Western Hemisphere, which she performed live in Seattle from February 28 through March 1. The album will be released April 10 via Scry (pre-order), and we’re now premiering its crackling, 16-minute noise track “Wind (Pink Void).” Listen and watch the trailer for the dance production below.