Deep Tanks Butoh

What is Ankoku Butoh?


  • Ankoku Butoh is a form of Japanese dance theatre that literally means "Dance of Utter Darkness". "Today, Butoh encompasses a range of styles, from the grotesque to the austere, and from the erotic to the comic. It is frequently regarded as surreal and androgynous, and focuses on primal expressions of the human condition rather than physical beauty." William Andrews.

Deep tanks butoh

A COMMUNITY PRACTIce and offerings

Florence  Poulain Studies and dances Butoh since 2004 and leads community practices. She has received grants from NYC Cultural Affairs, Staten Island Council for the Arts and New York State to share and offer works to the public.  Deep Tanks Butoh has collaborated with the Stapleton Senior Center SINY, Staten Island Science Museum SINY, Tibetan Museum SINY, Alice Austen Photography Museum SINY, and other Creative groups such as Staten Island OutLoud & Living Through Movement.   Deep Tanks Butoh collaborates with musicians sharing live and recorded soundtracks. 

US Tour 2020 Kingston STOP

Sat May 9 - 10, Deep Tanks 2.0 is hosting Butoh and sharing "The Inner Flower" with performances in Kingston, NY.  More detail to come. 


Sat May 9, 2020 from 11am-2pm with Julie Becton Gillum "BUTOH & NOGUCHI" in Kingston, NY. Studio TBD.                     

Sunday May 10, 2020 10am-12pm. Kingston, NY. Studio TBD. More info to come. 


  • SPARC, Sept. 2012.  NYC Grant with the Stapleton Senior Center & DT Block Party.
  • Fembot, May 2013. NYS Encore Grant in collaboration with LGBTQ Center
  • Moth Ball, July 2013. SI Science Museum Court Yard. 
  • Dreams: Edgar Poe, Sept. 2013. Day de Dada & SI Outloud. Unitarian Church Gardens. 
  • Vegetables, Nov 2013. Green Market Vegetables explorations. St George Lot.
  • SI Outloud Poetry of Shakespeare and Tibetan Lama. April 2014. Tibetan Museum, Staten Island, NY.
  • A Walk - April 2014. St George Festival, Thompkins Square, SINY. 
  • My Name is., March 2014. Deep Tanks Butoh Swan Day. SINY.
  • Moth Ball, June 2014.  Lumen Performance Arts Festival. Council for the Arts Grant.
  • Pods, October 2014. Halloween, Frontier without Borders Fundraiser. Unitarian Church.
  • Home, March 2015. Swan Day.
  • Alive, June 2015. Lumen Performance Arts Festival. 
  • Animals, June 2015. Lumen Performance Arts Festival.
  • Paper, June 2015. Lumen Performance Arts Festival & guests with Living through Movement.
  • Moth Evolution, July 2015. Duo: Bob Lyness & Florence Poulain. Greenbelt Park with SI Museum.
  • Alive Again, July 2015. Staten Island Outloud. Freud and Dreams. Clay Pit Park.

  • THE DEEP TANKS BUTOH ENSEMBLE has danced in festivals, museums, block parties & green market. Here is a list of the performances taking place in the community on Staten Island, NY from 2010 through 2015.
  • Dancers: Meliande Echanique, Esperanza Santiago, Lys Obsidian, Michael Stipkala, Margaret Chase, Jayoung Yoon, Bob Lyness, Ann Marie Akash, Annette Mae, Keiko Hashimoto, Sane Simoniello, Johnson Mcgee, Eric Alter, Ollie Oliver, Anjoli Chadha, Mia Yang, Ian Yang, Jessica Yang, Jesaca Soubi Lin, Joaquin Padilla, Florence Poulain aka Florkhis, Tammy Harwood. 
  • Composers, Musicians & Narrators: Malarts, Kevin Norton, Bones, Vegas Berlin, Brandon Perdomo, John W. Snyder, Nani Ferrera-Mathews, Staten Island Outloud, Diane Matyas, Pat DeSicco, Mike Caban, George Alvarez, Tanya Acevedo. Cameras: Willie Chu, Zachary Skinner, Kristopher Johnson, Bob Lyness.