Joseph Houseal & Gerald Horton
at The Arts Club of Chicago
“Core of Culture’s Bhutan Dance Database"
A breakthrough in dance archiving and ancient dance preservation, Core of Culture Dance Preservation’s Bhutan Dance Database includes 500 hours of high-definition footage of rare Buddhist dances from the Kingdom of Bhutan. Gorgeous visuals from this Himalayan kingdom are combined with ethnographic notes and written information: a new way of archiving visual and moving image, introduced by Core of Culture. The database was developed in partnership with the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and is on permanent display at a dedicated viewing station there. Core of Culture’s gift to NYPL Dance Division is the second largest in the Division’s history.
The non-profit Core of Culture Dance Preservation, based in Chicago, is a world leader in conservation strategies for endangered ecologies of dance.
Director Joseph Houseal is a recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Grant, and winner of the Banff Mountain Culture Award and of the Conde Naste Global Vision Award for Cultural Preservation. He is a recognized expert in dance whose museum installations on ancient dance have appeared in 11 museums worldwide. He is the former Artistic Director for soul singer Chaka Khan, and for Parnassus Dancetheatre in Kyoto, and has been a contributor to Ballet Review since 1984.
Technology Director Gerald Horton has spent the last 10 years using his skills as a videographer to document and archive ancient dance traditions in the Himalayas for Core of Culture’s Bhutan Dance Database, which he designed and maintains.