Will Atkins is a NYC based actor & performer, heavily inspired by his movement practice. He studies regularly with the New York Butoh Institute, and has worked with Vangeline Theater as a production manager and assistant on select projects, including Vangeline's Eclipse/Butoh Beethoven in Santiago, Chile at the 3rd International Butoh Festival, as well as the New York Butoh Institute Festival 18. Will has trained in Butoh with Vangeline, Katsura Kan, Yumiko Yoshioka, Testsuro Fukuhara, and Mari Osani. December of 2018 marks his third participation in the Queer Butoh festival, and other performances include creating solo pieces Onryu, Ameircan Witch, and Mutant for WalkUpArts events, and Sophie Amieva's 2018 Medusa. In April of 2018, Will attended the Ido Portal Movement Camp in Thailand, and has since kept up his movement practice at the New York Movement Company. He has been lucky enough to work with several costume artists in NYC, including Art by Davey, Uta Bekia, and more recently, Pissy Pussy's 2019 New York Fashion Week event. In 2017 he appeared in Esperanza Spalding's Virgin Writes at Pioneer Works. In the past year he joined the Anchors Aweigh suspension team, and is currently working on a performance collaboration combining Butoh and body suspension.
>LA SANGRE at the Ten Year Anniversary United Solo Festival / Saturday, November 9th @ 7:30pm :
A butoh piece exploring violence and prejudice against the queer community, using body piercing to challenge the stigma of HIV. Gauged piercing needles will add another textural dimension to the performer’s body. The live imagery of blood and butoh together recall a history of violence, while honoring what connects us as humans.