Joan Laage

The Japanese Garden in the Arboretum is already a wonderful place to slow down, but when butoh artist Joan Laage performs there with her ensemble in Wandering and Wondering, you'll be able to feel your blood pressure drop and your shoulders un-kink. The garden is designed for contemplation, which makes it a natural setting for a butoh performance, the eccentrically beautiful 20th-century Japanese dance form that can take slowness to an entirely new level. Laage's thoughtful exploration of that environment makes us all more aware of our feet on the ground, our head in the sky, and the rest of our body somewhere in between. SANDRA KURTZ

Sat., Aug. 4, 1-4 p.m., 2012

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