Saturday, July 24, 2021

Response to Rachel Aviv/The New Yorker Article "The Unravelling of a Dancer"

This comes as a response to totally inaccurate and unprofessionally written article in The New Yorker by Rachel Aviv titled "The Unravelling of a Dancer".

This article is terribly damaging to not only the memory of Sharon Stern and her family but also to all victims who have suffered psychological abuse and manipulation at the hands of psychopaths and cult leaders.
The response below is written by Jennifer who is an expert advocate on behalf of vulnerable and abused cult victims.

"I fully agree that Rachel depicted Kan as the wronged party/victim and that she clearly has no understanding of psychopathy.  Therefore, I believe that she should be held accountable for her derogatory, erroneous, and  altogether questionable depiction of Sharon and her complete misunderstanding of Kan’s personality disorder/profile; the one is inextricably connected to the other.  And, it also proves/shows how skillful psychopaths are at controlling, exploiting, and manipulating others, to achieve their deviant and devious objectives.  Therefore, I believe that Rachel’s article has the capacity to do significant harm to individuals who have been victimized by predators.  As a result, I have strongly encouraged Tibor to explore the possibility of suing Rachel/The New Yorker for defamation, for the ways in which Sharon and his family were depicted, and for the secondary--but more insidious--discriminatory, anti-victim “tone” that Rachel cultivated, throughout the article.  This is particularly concerning, since Rachel is an accomplished and award-winning female journalist/writer who has a demonstrated interest in psychology and mental health issues.  Her gross misinterpretation of Sharon’s ordeal and demise reflects a deeply disturbing lack of conscience, empathy, insight, responsibility, or understanding--i.e., an irrefutably psychopathic mentality--which ultimately serves as both an endorsement of and source of protection for—Kan. "

Jennifer/New York, NY

Friday, July 2, 2021



It has come to our attention that Katsura Kan is holding a workshop at Urban Guild July 15-17th 2021. 

Katsura Kan was found guilty in the 17th Judicial Florida Court in the wrongful death of one of his female students, Sharon Stern. 

He was also allegedly accused of drugging and raping one of his female students. A known predator, in no way should be in a position to instruct or influence unsuspecting students. We believe the entire Butoh community needs to be aware of his history of exploitation against female students and his guilty verdict. 

We are asking for your activism in contacting Urban Guild and protesting against Katsura Kans workshop. Please send a protest email to and also share this information with others in the community.

Thank you for your activism.


         The F.A.C.T. Team

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