One day in February, walking around Ersha Island, we came across the underneath of a bridge. We knew right there and then that this would be a great spot for the habibi to do a Butoh improvisation. Finally, end of April we took the plunge – we packed a few props, walked over there, waited until some selfie-obsessed youngsters were done (the place and the light were really cool, can't blame them), we rehearsed a bit (especially so I would know where to stand and how I could move around, and for the habibi to get a feel of the space)... and voilà, the habibi's first Butoh improvisation in China!
To be honest, we were worried the police would come by and stop us, you know, the weird foreigners doing strange stuff without a permit. But no, a policeman did walk by, had a look, and then walked on. So, yay! We passed the acid test!
As for the performance, I did shoot video, but I'll let the habibi edit it and share it when ready. In the meantime, these few photos should give you a good idea of the performance, of the emotional, weird, otherworldly space created by this artist that never ceases to surprise me.