The Butoh Rockettes based in New York City, is a satirical yet existential butoh group receiving aclaim in the NYC club
and downtown theater scenes. Since 2000, Celeste multi-functions as director, choreographer, costume and sound designer,
creating individual acts and full evening events and performances. Birthed in the late 90's at the NYC meatmarket area club
MOTHER run by Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell, the group (Celeste Hastings together with original Co-members and Co-creators
Patti Bradshaw and Chris Maresca and guest dancers) was an annual celebrated feature in the acclaimed Jackie 60 Christmas
shows (co-founders Richard Move and Kitty Boots) from 1996 through 1999. After MOTHER closed Celeste, working with a changing
group of from 4 to 6 new members continued Butoh Rockettes associations with Presenters Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell
in further Jackie Christmas shows at the Slipper Room and for Webster Hall, private Clemente events and in 2003 at the Roxy
NYC for the Broadway show Taboo's opening after party. The Butoh Rockettes have also been seen at Click & Drag at Mother
and Fun, Life, P2122, in Corporate Events Manhattan's Corcoran NYC gala @ Crobar in Jan. 2004 and for Small Luxury Hotels at
Guastavinos in March 2007, Club Avalon, the 2005 Europa/Estat Uniti Festival in Long Island, the Howl Festival 2005, guest
company in Noemi Lafrance's site specific AGORA II in Brooklyn, Sept. 2006, in the Dec, 2007 FOOD FOR THOUGHT series @ St.
Marks Church curated by Christopher Williams, at ZeroPlan Dec.31, 2008 in Boston, and upcoming in a Benefit for GOD'S LOVE
WE DELIVER on Feb.27 & 28, 2009 in "Folly: A Vaudeville for the New Depression" presented by TWEED Theater Works. Current
and past Butoh Rockettes members include: Celeste Hastings, Christine Coleman, Shizu Homma, Tanya Calamoneri, Pedro Jimenez,
Asahara Masanori, Jil Guyon, Stephanie Lanckton, Bob de Natale, Sara Baird, Erin Dudley, Michele Cappello, Corinna Hiller/Brown,
Jessi Gayle, Eveleena Dann, Elise Knudson, Britt Whitton, Susan Lamberth, Kacie Chang, Frank Schneider, Nadine Helstroffer,
Juan Carlos Linares, Susan Mathews, and original Co-Creaters Patti Bradshaw and Chris Maresca, original Member Sondra Graff,
with visual artist Venantius Pinto often contributing scenography and artworks painted on the body.
|Butoh Rockettes at Crobar NYC 1-14-04, Photo: John Gordon, Dancers L-R: Celeste, Kacie, Susan, Sara
Continuing the expansive aspect of butoh, Celeste through The Butoh Rockettes seeks to bring this art form in an accecible,
beautiful and entertaining way into the modern 2001st century era. Adding influences from all kinds of dance, theater, fashion,
visual art medias and cultures she still maintains the timeless, existential and spiritual qualities of "formal"