Clear-Eyed Spirits–– William Klein, Yoshito Ohno, and Anohni

A series of music, dance and experimental performances
Dance Archive Project–– Tokyo 2017

Dance Archive Project has set out to transmit contemporary dance culture to future generations through a series of experiments and conversation with audiences about the mission and potential of dance archives.

Dates: Friday 15 December thru Saturday 23 December, 2017
Venue: Warehouse TERRADA G1-5F (2-6-10. Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo)
Opening hours: During weekdays 13:00 -21:00
On Saturdays & Sundays 11:00-21:00
*On 15 Decemeber, it will open from 15:00

Admission Fee:
■Friday, 15 December: 15:00 - 21:00 Free admission both for the exhibition and the performance
■Saturday, 16 December: 11:00-21:00 Free admission for the exhibition and the performances
※On 15 and 16 December, admission for the exhibition and the performances will be free. We greatly appreciate any donation you may be able to make to help us continue our activities.

■From Sunday, December 17 thru Saturday 23 : Exhibition only: 1500¥
■From Sunday, December 17 thru Saturday 20: Exhibition & a performance: 3000¥
■Thursday, December 21 and Friday, 22 Exhibition & a performance: 5000¥
*In case of exceeding seating capacity, admission may be limited.
*During performances some of the exhibition area will be inaccessible to the public.
*Parental Advice:
While admission is free for both exhibitions and performances for those under thirteen years-of-age, they are not allowed to use the virtual-reality devices.
We would also ask parents or guardians to refrain from bringing preschool children to the exhibitions and performances.

Organized by NPO Dance Archive Network
Co-organized by Canta Co.Ltd
With the cooperation of the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, K’s Design Lab, Matilde Inc., Yokohama Hikari Boxing Gym, Ray Corporation, Fig Lab
Supported by BNP Paribas / BNP Paribas Foundation

<Exhibition> Dance Archives and their Future

*Virtual-reality devices are not suitable for children under thirteen-years of age.

Digital 3D in Motion featuring Yoshito Ohno - Developments in archiving dance movements

With head-mounted displays, 3D archival footage of Yoshito Ohno’s movements will be presented as virtual reality. In Ohno’s words,
“I want my dance of prayer to be brought to those children terrified by the war.”

VR creation by Satoru Higa (backspacetokyo)
Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute and K’s Design Lab (patent pending) partook in the technical development.

TOKYO1961 Archive: Movie & VR and William Klein - Experimenting with fresh ways of looking at photographs

When the legendary photographer William Klein came to Japan in 1961, he took photos of Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazuo Ohno, and Yoshito Ohno performing on the streets of Ginza and Shimbashi. Some 600 unpublished photos from this collaboration will be exhibited for the first time in the form of movie and VR.
Movie creation: Masakazu Saito.
VR creation: Takuto Usami (backspacetokyo)

Art works in the archives - Photographs, arts and movies from dance archival materials

Works by Koichi Watanabe, Atsushi Suwa, Tim Walker and others, as well as stage set for Yoshito Ohno’s solo performance The Solitary Claw in 1969 will be exhibited.

<Live Performance> Receive and Create.

Yoshito Ohno Solo Performance: Excerpts from Flower and Bird - Butoh is something that penetrates one’s entire life

◇Friday,15 December. 19:30. Free admission *No need to book.
*There will be an opening party after the performance. Drinks will be at your own cost.
◇Saturday, 16 December. 18:00. Free admission *No need to book.

Yoshito Ohno will perform sections of three pieces choreographed by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1985, and his version of Kazuo Ohno’s “Divine” and “Death and Birth” from Kazuo Ohno’s Admiring La Argentina. Eikoh Hosoe’s experimental film Navel and A-bomb (1960) featuring Hijikata and Yoshito Ohno will be screened during the intermission.

Crab Dancers’ Parade: Work-in-Progress by Takao Kawaguchi, Johanna Constantine and guests - Experiments to imprint digital data onto the body

◇Saturday, 16 December. 13:00. Free admission on December 16 only. *No need to book.
Guests: Professional boxers from Yokohama Hikari Boxing Gym and Toshiko Oka
◇Sunday, 17 December 13:00
Guests: Professional boxers from Yokohama Hikari Boxing Gym, Dai Matsuoka (Sankaijuku), and Toshiko Oka
◇Monday, 18 December. 19:30
Guests: Sokerissa! and Noriko Sunayama
◇Tuesday, 19 December. 19:30
Guests: Tsuyoshi Shirai, Dai Matsuoka (Sankaijuku), and Mitsuyo Uesugi
◇Wednesday, 20 December. 19:30
Guests: Tsuyoshi Shirai, Dai Matsuoka (Sankaijuku), and Mitsuyo Uesugi

Sculpting themselves, performers experiment with imprinting digital data onto their bodies by extracting “formless form” from the some 600 unpublished photographs of Butoh dancers on the Tokyo streets taken by William Klein in 1961. Music by Johanna Constantine.

Anohni and Yoshito Ohno Clear-Eyed Spirits - A Collaboration with Anohni, a lifelong aficionado of Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December. 19:30 ※Sold out
Anohni’s and Yoshito’s second encounter in Tokyo since Antony and the Ohnos in 2010.

“Kazuo Ohno gave me the greatest gift: the revelation of a divine child inside me. There was hope for me if I could nurture this child to life, if I could hold her, if I could protect her.” (Anohni)

William Klein

Born in New York in 1928, William Klein studied literature at the Sorbonne, and oil-painting under Fernand Léger. He started photography in 1953 and visited Japan to shoot Tokyo in 1961. This led the publication of the photo book Tokyo in 1964. A significant innovator, he has explored fresh approaches, spanning exhibitions of vintage prints, large-scale blow-ups, to collaboration with painting.

Yoshito Ohno

Born in Tokyo in 1938, Yoshito Ohno performed the role of the young boy in Tatsumi Hijikata’s Kinjiki [Forbidden Colours] in 1959. Throughout the 1960s he was active in butoh performances until he quit the stage in 1969 soon after his first solo recital. In 1985, he made his stage comeback as he appeared alongside Kazuo Ohno in The Dead Sea; thereafter he was to direct all of Kazuo's stage performances. Among his legendary collaborations are: The Promising Morning (2010) with the Tanztheater Wuppertal dancers’ Julia Anne Stanzak and Eddie Martinez and Antony and the Ohnos (2010) with Antony and the Johnsons. He premiered his solo Flower and Bird in 2013, and later performed it in Europe (2014), Brazil (2015), and China (2016). Author of Kazuo Ohno - Food for the Soul and Butoh: A Way of Life. A new publication Portrait of Ono Yoshito by Inuhiko Yomota has just been released this year.


Born in England and living in NYC, Anohni first gained international prominence upon winning the UK’s Mercury prize in 2005 for her album I Am a Bird Now with her band Antony and the Johnsons. Anohni's unique voice led to performances with symphony orchestras around the world, collaborations with artists including Lou Reed, Charles Atlas, Marina Abramovic, and Bjork, and exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bielefeld and Hammer Museum. In 2016 Anohni was nominated for an Oscar for her contribution to the song “Manta Ray,” an address to the world’s dying coral reefs. Her latest album Hopelessness was a collaboration with Hudson Mohawke and OPN, and uses dance music to explore themes of ecocide, drone warfare, and global virulence. All of Anohni's creative practices draw tremendous inspiration from the work of the Ohno family, and it is her great honor to sing beside Yoshito Ohno.

Takao Kawaguchi

Takao Kawaguchi joined the Japanese multimedia performance group Dumb Type in 1996, and started to present solo works as of 2000. His works are “neither dance nor theater. They are nothing other than performances,” (Tatsuro Ishii, dance critic). Such works include DiQueNoVes (Say You Don’t See) (2003) and D.D.D.-How Many Times Will My Heart Beat Before It Stops? (2004-2007). His Butoh-related pieces include The Ailing Dance Mistress – based on texts by Tatsumi Hijikata (2012) and About Kazuo Ohno (2013). About Kazuo Ohno has been repeatedly performed and well received worldwide and was nominated for outstanding revived work at the 2017 Bessie Awards’.

Johanna Constantine

Johanna Constantine is a New York-based performance artist, choreographer, DJ, and feminist activist. She has collaborated with a wide range of interdisciplinary artists including Anohni, composer William Basinski, designer Manuel Albarran, and author Terrence Sellars. She is the subject of a number of short films by video artist Charles Atlas, and appeared with him in a live installation at the Tate Modern in 2013.

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Warehouse TERRADA G1-5F
2-6-10 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0002
5-minute walk from the south or central exits of Tennozu Isle station on Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport line
4-minute walk from exit B of Tennozu Isle station on Rinkai line
(The area map. The building of no.6 is your destination! →)