Performing Poetry – Butō and Language

The project took place at Meio University in Japan throughout January 2018 and January 2019. It was an interdisciplinary work in which English poetry and performance studies were integrated into a four-week poetry performance class for EFL students in a language education program. Specifically, the project used the theories and methods of Butо̄, a contemporary Japanese form of dance and visual art, to guide students through the process of interpretation, journaling, rehearsal, and the final performance. The details regarding methods, discussion and results can be found in the following publication:

Dobkowska, Sylwia and Meghan Kuckelman Beverage. ‘Physical Poetry: Using Japanese Butō in an EFL Poetry Performance Project.’ English in Education. 2019 (Forthcoming in Spring 2020).


IMG_3103.JPGPeer feedback and preparation to performance in January 2018.