Yoshito Ohno’s “Flower and Bird” & Takao Kawaguchi’s “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”

Dance Archive Project 2017 in Sapporo

Dance Archive Project 2017 presents two contrasting pieces in Sapporo. Yoshito Ohno performs “Flower and Bird” as an active butoh dancer at his age of 79 years old since his appearance in the first-ever butoh performance “Forbidden Colour” in 1959. Takao Kawaguchi, who has never seen Kazuo Ohno’s butoh performance in person, performs “About Kazuo Ohno” which was created by researching the archival materials. When nobody really reaches the answer to the question, “What is butoh?,” this will be a rare opportunity to witness “butoh” from inside and outside.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017. 19:30-20:30 Yoshito Ohno “Flower and Bird”
Friday, October 27th, 2017. 19:00-21:00  Takao Kawaguchi “About Kazuo Ohno –Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”

Venue: Kotoni PATOS (Sapporo, Hokkaido)
Admission fee:
Early booking reduction: 3,000 yen (Need to book by Oct.10)
Adult: 3,500 yen in advance/ 4,000 yen at the door
Student: 2,500 yen in advance/ 3,000 yen at the door
Reduction for the member of Concarino: 3,000 yen (Booking needed)
2 days ticket: 6,000 yen

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

■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

Organized by NPO Dance Archive Network
Co-organized by NPO Concarino, Terminal Plaza KOTONI PATOS, Canta Co.Ltd
Cooperated by Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, CONTE-SAPPORO Dance Center, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Under the auspice of Sapporo City
Supported by Japan Arts Council

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.

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.



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