Dance Archive Network’s Fundamental Principles:
The concept underlying the not-for profit organization Dance Archive Network，hereafter referred to as DAN, is to overtake the responsibility of the archives of its acting parent organization, the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio.
Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010), founder of the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, studied under many of the pioneers of Japanese modern dance since the 1930s, before embarking on a solo career as a dancer in the late 1940s. In the 1960s, alongside Tatsumi Hijikata and other Japanese contemporary dancers, Ohno created a new dance form commonly referred to as Butoh, before going on to produce a series of outstanding performances that have been inscribed in the 20th century’s dance history. Nowadays, the original Japanese dance phenomenon of Butoh has attained international acclaim and continues to exercise significant influence on contemporary art forms worldwide. The Kazuo Ohno Archives, which was established to preserve the wealth of material accumulated by Ohno over his lifetime, has continually promoted activities such as book / DVD publishing, multi-media exhibitions, programming dance festival in Japan and overseas, while also taking the initiative to inform the world of the importance of dance archives.
In the Europe and North America, dance archives are generally housed in universities and public cultural facilities; in Japan, however, there are relatively few campuses with a dance department, and moreover hardly any cultural facilities that focus on disseminating historical materials related to contemporary dance. Given that by its very nature dance is a performative act, the work itself is ephemeral and will not continue to exist after the performance; what does remain, however, are the various materials related to its creation, ranging from the initial sketches to the finalized program. Usually, these primary source materials are largely in the possession and preserved by individual dancers, dance companies, as well as those connected to dance circles. The overriding problems facing such “private archives” are their management structures’ vulnerability and the difficulties in procuring sufficient funds to ensure proper maintenance of the archived materials. A management structure capable of preserving and disseminating valuable materials to future generations is thus essential; in some exceptional cases the archive material will eventually disappear. This predicament evidently poses an existential threat to ensuring a permanent transmission of dance culture.
As well as assuming responsibility for the activities of the Kazuo Ohno Archives, DAN also embraces the function of creating a new dance archive system that will grapple with prevailing issues such as permanency and proper maintenance. The dance archive of the future should be an agency that actively contributes to transmitting and renewing dance culture. DAN is thus an archive facility that will expand the concept underpinning existing archives as a reference and store room for historical source materials, while acting as a business entity for research, creation, and performance.
The Dance Archive Network is a not-for profit organization that engages in the following activities:
· Collection, preservation, publication, and dissemination of important primary source materials related to the history of Butoh and Western Dance in Japan.
· Content planning production availing of archive materials (performances, exhibitions, publications, etc.)
· Development and dissemination of databases with the objective of gathering archive materials
· Development and dissemination of advanced archiving methods (Virtual Reality etc.)
· Establishing an international network of archives
· Business initiatives to use archive materials for cultural facilities, educational institutions, etc.
Based on fundamental principles, the Dance Archive Network embraces the ideal of establishing a new form of dance archive built around a just and equitable management structure.
We would appreciate any support that you might be able to give us.
NPO Dance Archive Network
Director: Toshio Mizohata
DAN has collected some 25,000 items related to Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno: flyers, programs, photographs, videos, films, memos and so forth. We will expand our collection by supplementing it with materials from the worlds of butoh as well as its source, namely, modern dance. Once the archival data has been digitalized, we will commence uploading it.
(*The below is just a glimpse.)
Yoshito Ohno 1938 - 2020
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Yoshito Ohno, who departed this world at 6:06 pm on 8 January 2020, at the age of eighty-one.
His stage career spanned more than six decades, with his debut in 1959 when he appeared at his father Kazuo Ohno's side in the modern dance work The Old Man and the Sea, and one month later, with Tatsumi Hijikata in Forbidden Colours.
The Ohno family along with staff members at the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio and the Kazuo Ohno Archives are filled with a deep sense of gratitude for all your kindness and support over the years.
Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio / Dance Archive Network
Butoh is a Japanese art form that transformed the 20th century dance scene. This online program will be introducing the intrigue that butoh inspires in a fun, bite-size manner with a diverse mix of video. The 30 minute program will be released intermittently starting June 2020.
Dance Archive Network has published the new book "Something Called Butoh" as a report on Butoh surveys from 2017-2019.
Dance Archive Network edited the new book as a catalogue for the exhibition on Kazuo Ohno held at Wakayama Art Museum in Tokyo in 2018.
Guided by Noh actor Kanji Shimizu, we will trace the pass of three legendary artists, Hironobu Oikawa, Mamako Yoneyama and Yoshito Ohno, who have been active as artists since 1950s when Butoh was not yet called as Butoh. Answers may lay in those Butoh-Zero years which we will witness through various media including videos, live performances and talks in this “Event.”
What does the documented body convey? Observing the link between video and performing arts, as seen through the lens of recorded images, with exhibition, workshop and discussion.
Please support us in our efforts. Proper future administration of the Dance Archive Network will be ensured by contributions and donations from the public. For those who agree with our objectives and activities, please support us through your donations.
A minimum donation is three thousand yen, and multiples thereof.
DAN will issue a receipt indicating the amount of the donation. As of yet, DAN is not an accredited NPO so it cannot, to date, offer any tax incentives. DAN, however, aims to become an certified NPO in the near future, so we would greatly appreciate your continued support in helping us.
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