Dance Archive Project 2017 in Kobe & Kochi
Yoshito Ohno’s “Flower and Bird,” Toshiko Oka’s “The Operation Theater” & Takao Kawaguchi’s “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”

Dance Archive Project 2017 in Kobe & KochiYoshito Ohno’s “Flower and Bird,” Toshiko Oka’s “The Operation Theater” & Takao Kawaguchi’s “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”

Dance Archive Project 2017 presents three pieces from its projects whose intention is to create new dance performances from archival materials. As a living archive of butoh, Yoshito Ohno shows his history as a butoh dancer in his solo piece “Flower and Bird.” Toshiko Oka recreates “The Operation Theater” from only one photograph left, which depicts “The Operation Theater” performed by Takaya Eguchi and Misako Miya in 1933. Takao Kawaguchi copied Kazuo Ohno’s movement precisely to create his peace “About Kazuo Ohno.”

■Takao Kawaguchi “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”
Conceptualized, directed and performed by Takao Kawaguchi
Original choreography: Tatsumi Hjijikata and Kazuo Ohno
Dramaturg, Sound and Visual: Naoto Iina/ Lighting Design: Toshio Mizohata/ Costume: Noriko Kitamura

■Toshiko Oka & Masaru Kakio “The Operation Theater”
Choreographed by Toshiko Oka/ Performed by Toshiko Oka & Masaru Kakio. Drum: Yoshito Ohno
Set design: Yoichiro Yoshikawa/ Sound: Noriaki Koda/ Ligthing Design: Toshio Mizohata

■Yoshito Ohno “Flower and Bird”
Performed by Yoshito Ohno
Film inserted: “Navel and A-Bomb” directed by Eikoh Hosoe
Costume: Etsuko Ohno, Keiko Kanemitsu/ Sound: Noriaki Koda /Lighting Design: Toshio Mizohata

In Kobe

Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017
Venue: Kobe Art Village Center
A program: 14:30~16:30 Takao Kawaguchi “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”
B program: 17:30~19:00 Toshiko Oka “The Operation Theater” & Yoshito Ohno “Flower and Bird”
Admission fee:
Adult: 3,000 yen each / All performance ticket (A & B) 5,500 yen
Student: 2,500 yen each / All performance ticket (A & B) 4,500 yen

Organized by NPO Dance Archive Network
Co-organized by Kobe Cultural Foundation, Canta Co.Ltd
Cooperated by Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, Ensemble Sonne
Supported by Japan Arts Council

<Related Program>
●Yoshito Ohno’s performance & lecture
Date: Sunday, November 19th, 2017. 14:00~
Venue: Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Admission free with an admission ticket to the museum
Related website: http://www.ytmoca.jp/event/2017/11/performance-ohno.html
Organized by Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Co-planned by NPO Dance Archive Network
Cooperated by Ensemble Sonne

●Yoichiro Yoshikawa’s Exhibition “Walking Man”
Date: Thursday, November 9th-Wednesday, November 15th, 2017. (Closed on 13th)
Venue: KOBE STUDIO Y3 (3-19-8 Yamamotodori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo)
・Yoichiro Yoshikawa’s talk on 9th
・The rehearsals of “The Operation Theater” is open to public during the exhibition.
For the detail, visit Ensemble Sonne’s website:
https://ensemblesonne-news.jimdo.com/

Reservation
■Kobe Art Village Center (KAVC)
TEL 078-512-5500  E-Mail stage@kavc.or.jp
For the booking, please let KAVC know the below:
Subject: DAP2017 ticket booking
Information to send: your name, telephone number, the type and number of tickets (A, B, or both A&B/ Adult or Student)
Related link: https://www.kavc.or.jp/events/1345/ (only in Japanese)

■NPO Dance Archive Network
Tel: 03-3450-6507  E-mail: info@dance-archive.net

In Kochi

Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Venue: The Museum of Art, Kochi
A program: 14:30~16:30 Takao Kawaguchi “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”
B program: 17:30~19:00 Toshiko Oka “The Operation Theater” & Yoshito Ohno “Flower and Bird”
Admission fee (Booking starts on Nov.1st)
Adult: 3,000 yen each / All performance ticket (A & B) 5,500 yen
Student: 2,500 yen each / All performance ticket (A & B) 4,500 yen
*Due to Yoshito Ohno's health situation, the Kochi's B program has been cancelled.
  For the refunding, please call to the Museum of Art, Kochi.


Organized by NPO Dance Archive Network
Co-organized by The Museum of Art - Kochi, Canta Co.Ltd
Cooperated by Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, Ensemble Sonne
Supported by Japan Arts Council
Under the auspice of NHK-Kochi, The Kochi Shimbun, RKC-Kochi, KUTV-Kochi, FM Kochi, Kochi SUNSUN TV, Kochi Cable Broadcast and Kochi City FM
Co-sponsored event of 67th Kochi Art Festival

<Related Program>
●Screening of Kazuo Ohno’s films
“Kazuo Ohno” directed by Daniel Shmid in 1995, Kazuo Ohno’s last solo performance “Flower” and other films will be screened.

Date: Friday, November 3rd-Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Venue: The Museum of Art, Kochi
Admission free
Organized by The Museum of Art, Kochi in cooperation with NPO Dance Archive Network
The detail will be informed at the museum’s website:
http://kochi-bunkazaidan.or.jp/~museum/

●Toshiko Oka’s workshop
Toshiko Oka, who studied at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, will lead you to explore the possibilities of body expression.

Date: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017. 19:00-21:00
Venue: The Museum of Art, Kochi
Workshop fee: free. Capacity: up to 20 people
Booking & inquiry: The Museum of Art, Kochi. TEL 088-866-8000 (9 am-5 pm)
※When booking, please inform about your dance experience.

Reservation
■The Museum of Art, Kochi.
・Its museum shop 088-866-7653(9am~5pm)
・Koshin Play guide TEL 088-825-4335(Weekday 9:30am~5:30pm、Saturday 9:30am~0:30pm)
・Kochi Daimaru Play guide TEL 088-825-2191
・Lawson ticket Dance Archive Project 【L code 62722】TEL 0570-084-006 http://l-tike.com/

■NPO Dance Archive Network
Tel: 03-3450-6507 E-mail: info@dance-archive.net
For the booking, please let us know the below:
Information to send: your name, telephone number, the type and number of tickets (A, B, or both A&B/ Adult or Student)

Profiles
<Takao Kawaguchi>
While joining the Japanese multimedia performance company Dumb Type from 1996 to 2008, Kawaguchi started his solo performance in 2000. His recent pieces include: “DiQueNoVes (Say You Don't See)” (2003), “D.D.D.- How Many Times Will My Heart Beat Before It Stops?” (2004), “Good Luck” (2008) and “TABLEMIND” (2011). He also worked on Butoh-related pieces such as: “The Ailing Dance Mistress– based on the texts of Tatsumi Hijikata” (2012), and “About Kazuo Ohno” (2013). He is active in various filed, such as being the director of the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival from 1996 to 1999.

<Toshiko Oka>
A native of Kobe, Oka graduated from the Dance Department at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. She currently directs the dance group Ensemble Sonne. Each year she presents a new work primarily based upon how her contemporaries confront modern life through their shared physicality. Her recent works includes “White Night,” “Mayoi/ Unsettled Mind” and “The current Flying Classroom.” Her improvised performances often involve collaborations with musicians, visual artists and athletes. In 2014 she was awarded Kobe Nagata Culture Award.

<Masaru Kakio>
From 2004 to the present day, he has made guest appearances in Oka Toshiko’s Ensemble Sonne. Between 2006 and 2009, he was active with contact Gonzo, an improvisational performance group based in Osaka. In 2014, he performed in Nora Chippomura’s “Like my Father's Self-Portrait,” as well as in “Sea Water” in collaboration with the director Yukichi Matsumoto and the Japanese-Vietnamese painter Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba.

<Yoichiro Yoshikawa>
Born in Kagoshima in 1955, he was brought up in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki and Yokohama, Kanagawa. Graduated from the Sculpture department of Tama Art University. From 1996 to 2002, he was a lecturer at B-zemi schooling system. A lecturer at the Sculpture department of Musashino Art University from 2001 through 2007 and of Tama Art University since 2007. His exhibition includes; “Small room of Ura Nai” (at Rojitohito, Tokyo, 2016), “I introduce Kusamakura no.1” (at Le Deco, Tokyo, 2013) and “Under a puddle” (at Plaza Gallery, Tokyo, 2012).

<Yoshito Ohno>
Born in Tokyo in 1938, Yoshito Ohno co-performed with Tatsumi Hijikata in “Forbidden Colours” in 1959. Throughout the 1960s he was active in butoh performances and stopped appearing on stage in 1969. His comeback was in 1985 when he co-performed “The Dead Sea” with Kazuo Ohno; thereafter he continued to direct all of Kazuo’s stage performances. His collaborative pieces include “The Promising Morning” (2010) with Julia Anne Stanzak and Eddie Martinez of the Tanztheater Wuppertal and “Antony and the Ohnos” (2010) with Antony and the Johnsons. His solo work “Flower and Bird” has been performed in Japan, Europe, Brazil, China since its premiere in 2013. Author of “Kazuo Ohno: Food for the Soul” (Film Art Sha, 1999) and “Butoh: A Way of Life” (Canta Co.Ltd, 2015). A new book “Portrait of Ono Yoshito” written by Inuhiko Yomota is published this September.

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