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

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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.)

  • Tatsumi HIJIKATA's "Dance Experience" (1960)
  • "Mr O's Book of The Dead" (1976)
  • "Admiring La Argentina" (1977 permiere)
  • "My Mother" (1981 premiere)
  • Kazuo Ohno's performance in Jerusalem (1983)
  • "Flowers-Birds-Wind-Moon" (1992)
  • "The Palace Soars through the Sky" (1993)
  • "Ogurihangan and Terute-hime" (1993)
  • "Requiem for the 20th Century" (1999)
  • Admiring La Argentina 1977
  • South America Tour 1986
  • Admiring La Argentina 1991
  • The Palace Soars Through the Sky 1993
  • Seoul Butoh Festival 1993
  • North American Tour 1993
  • Perfornace at Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris 1994
  • Kazuo Ohno's centenary 2006-2007
  • Gala performance to celebrate Kazuo Ohno's centenary "Hyakkaryoran" 2007
  • Kazuo Ohno's 1st modern dance recital (1949)
  • Kazuo Ohno's 4th modern dance recital (1953)
  • Kazuo Ohno's modern dance recital "The Old Man and Sea" (1959)
  • "Admiring La Argentina" (1977 premiere)
  • The 14th Nancy Festival (1980)
  • Kazuo Ohno's performance in Stockholm (1980)
  • "My Mother" (1981 premiere)
  • Kazuo Ohno's performances in South America (1986)
  • Helsinki Festival (1991)
  • "Bee" (1951)
  • "Rose-coloured Dance" (1965)
  • "The Old Man and Sea" (1959)
  • At the dressing room (1987)
  • "My Mother" (1986)
  • At the "Infinite Festival" (1978)
  • With Pina Bausch
  • "Admiring La Argentina" (1977)
  • "Water Lilies" at Amherst (1993)
  • Conversation with a critic Naruo Goda
  • "Kazuo Ohno's World" at the Keio University (1996)
  • "From Divinarianes" in Yokohama (1996)
  • Tour in North America (1993)
  • Tour in North America (1993)
  • "My Mother" in Kushiro (1996)
  • From the news clip (New York 1996)
  • "Ogurihangan Terute-hime" in Fujisawa (1993)
  • Kazuo Ohno's Dance Training and Pedagogical Methods at Soshin Girls' School, Yokohama/ Kazuko Takahashi, Yokohama National University
    (Click to view the PDF file)
  • "Admiring La Argentina" (date unknown)
  • "Admiring La Argentina" (date unknown)
  • "Admiring La Argentina" (date unknown)
  • "The Old Man and Sea" (1959)
  • "The Old Man and Sea" (1959)
  • "My Mother" (1981)
  • "My Mother" (1981)
  • "My Mother" (1986
  • "My Mother" (1987)
  • Tokyo Newspaper, Dec.3, 1949
  • Shinyukan Newpaper, Dec.9, 1949
  • The Sun Pictorial Daily, Jan. 25, 1957
  • The Sun Pictorial Daily, April 30, 1959
  • Le Monde, May 21, 1980
  • Quarterly magazine "Dance Work" vol.28, Dec.1980
  • Weekly magazine "Asahi graph" no.2984, Aug.1, 1980
  • The New York Times, Jul.31, 1981
  • Khair, Mar.11, 1983



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.

For applications and inquiries, please contact:info@dance-archive.net

Bank Account:
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
Address: 1-6-8 Oi, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0014
Account Number: 357-0044880 Swift Code: BOTKJPJT
Account Holder: Dance Archive Network

NPO Dance Archive Network
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