Dreaming Machine

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Company Name: Confluence Theatre Company

City/State: Bolender

Genre: Dance, Music, PG

Ratings: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested

Playwright: Logan Black

Premiere: Yes

Venue: Bolender Center - Kansas City Ballet

Show Times:

Fri, 7/21 7:00 PM
Sat, 7/22 5:30 PM
Wed, 7/26 7:00 PM
Fri, 7/28 7:00 PM
Sat, 7/29 9:00 PM


The Confluence Theatre Company has created a unique night of dance and theatre. Dreaming Machine combines both metaphysical and emotional mindscapes with only the human body as a vehicle for expression. If you were captivated by the "Best of" Liminal State from 2017’s Fringe and 2019's Scream in Blue, Dreaming Machine is a must see as the Butoh form is pushed to new extremes.

Past Fringe Shows:

Bond: A solder and his dog.
Liminal State
Scream In Blue

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  1. Tedd Williamson on July 22, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    Fantastic show. Such splendid energy from all the actors. They really brought a focus and a vision to this year’s production that was captivating from start to finish. I cannot recommend it enough. It might be a little different than anything you’ve seen and that is an incredible gift.

  2. Shawn Murphy on July 25, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    I rarely see movement pieces, though I’m glad I caught Dreaming Machine. As a performer myself, I admired the performers commitment to their physicality, facial expressions, tempo, and focus. Intense emotions portrayed through solo, duo, and group numbers that each told their own story. Creative, if a bit clunky at times, use of props, costumes, and masks gave a variety of enjoyable moments to this movement piece. If you are looking for something that challenges you and invokes emotion without dialogue, I recommend this show for you!

  3. Jadalyn on July 26, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    Very moving…it made me feel a range of emotions. Highly engaging; I recommend seeing this.
    It is quite unlike anything I have ever experienced.

  4. Thy on July 27, 2023 at 6:28 am

    Left the show absolutely in awe. I’ve never seen a show of this type before, and The Dreaming Machine left me an huge fan of the company, artists, and show. The amount of effort, expression, and intention that was put into every act was phenomenal and incredible to see. I also loved the usage of pretty much all the props. The performers were able to encapsulate our inner emotions, the ones we don’t outwardly show to anyone. It was mesmerizing and beautiful. This Butoh show is an absolute must-see.

  5. Rebecca Smith on July 27, 2023 at 7:03 am

    Wonderful display of Butoh elements – the weird, nihilistic, agonizing. …performers contorted most admirably. I appreciate this rarely seen art form being staged – thank you, Logan Black and R. H. Wilhoit!!

  6. Laurel on July 27, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I walked into this show not knowing at all what to expect and the dance/acting was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The movement quality of the actors was somewhere between dancing and theater and it combined to make a very emotional and raw experience. I really can’t explain this show well enough to do it justice but I would encourage everyone to see this show. Go in blind and look forward to seeing something completely new.

    Props to the actors for being so committed to their art. You are all incredibly inspiring.

  7. Dave Black on July 27, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    This is one of the treats of Fringing!
    When a team twice wins “Best of” awards over the years, it’s so worth discovering why.

    Twice I noticed that I briefly wasn’t breathing. This production literally took my breath away. It can be so captivating. Then they did it again for a third time!

    Moving music, striking visuals, stylish masks and makeup, primal physical movements (including several scenes with a parachute, scene where lady walks and hops with rare balance, …). The facial expressions are a masterclass in acting.

    Butoh started in Japan in the 60s. It’s now here in KC. Experiment, get out of your comfort zone, stretch, dream out loud, and just be.

    This artistic production will make you feel, and make you want to share with friends and family that the Tao of Fringe will give a lifetime of gifts.

    This show is one of those gifts.

  8. Richard Burt on July 27, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    Have you ever seen a performance that, as a performer, made you jealous and awestruck and contemplative and wishing you were making art that made others feel the way you felt while watching it?

    I did. It was called Dreaming Machine, and it was brave and adventurous and rapturous agony to experience. A must see.

  9. Laura B on July 28, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    A wonderful show. Watching the actors contort and express themselves through their face and body brought up a feeling of connection, sadness, and absolute joy. Make sure to add this to your Fringe list!

  10. Darren Sextro on July 29, 2023 at 7:34 am

    Outstanding. One of my favorite theatre experiences of 2023. Mesmerizing storytelling, fully committed and beautiful performances, evocative lighting and sound design, wise direction. A true work of art, and thanks to KC Fringe for creating the environment for this.

  11. Jessica Whitfield on July 30, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Great work from the performers! It was a unique experience and unlike anything else you will see at Fringe!

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