Kokoro Dance returns with its Wreck Beach Butoh

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In any other city, the sight of a group of white-caked nude dancers writhing around in the water and sand at a public park might be considered, well, a bit strange. But here in Vancouver, where Kokoro Dance has performed its Wreck Beach Butoh since 1996, it’s practically a summer tradition. The company likes to say that the piece, which is newly choreographed each year to take place on the city’s nude beach, is a collaboration with Mother Nature, who does sets, costumes, and lighting. If you’ve never seen this truly weird and wonderful West Coast performance, head down the No. 4 trail at UBC on Saturday (July 2) at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday (July 3) at 1 p.m. Admission is by donation and clothing is, of course, optional.

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