International Dance Film Festival 2018-2019 “Lingering Bodies”

Tokyo Zokei University Film & Moving Image + Dance and Media Japan + NPO Dance Archive Network

The International Dance Film Festival has been organised by Dance Media Japan since 2003, to showcase dance on film and video. In 2019, a screening will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of March at Tokyo’s Spiral Hall, in collaboration with Tokyo Zokei University's Film & Moving Image course.

Tokyo Zokei University has recently established Japan's first ever “video dance” course. One of only a few such courses in the world, the art college’s Film Department will specialise in dance and the body, thus expanding the sphere of film and dance.

For the 2019 International Dance Film Festival, there will be video exhibitions, workshops, and a round table discussion on how to document images at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1, in collaboration with the Tokyo Zokei University Film & Moving Image, Dance and Media Japan and the NPO Dance Archive Network.

Dates & Time :
Thursday 31 January -- Sunday 17 February 2019
Venue :
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 -2F Space A

Admission free for all events

Organized by Tokyo Zokei University Film & Moving Image, Dance and Media Japan and NPO Dance Archive Network
Co-organized by Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 (Yokohama Arts Foundation)
Cooperated by Canta Co.Ltd., Yokohama Dance Collection, TPAM Fringe


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About Kazuo Ohno · Interviews of his daily life · A Documentary fiction (2018)

Dates : Thursday 31 January -- Sunday 17 February 2019 Mon.–Fri : 17:00 - 21:00, Sat.+Sun.+Public holidays : 11:00 - 19:00 Sun. 17 Feb. closed on 17:00

An attempt to visualize the backgrounds touched upon in interviews with people who knew Kazuo Ohno personally, using archival footage. A reflection on how to create a dance film with archival sources, using words taken from recorded interviews.

Director, photographer and editor : Naoto Iina
Featuring Yoshito Ohno, Etsuko Ohno, Emiko Mitobe and Kaeko Iwamura
Interviews with Mikako Ohno, Isao Amano, Akiko Nakajima, Emiko Mitobe, Kaeko Iwamura and Mamako Yoneyama
Interviewer : Toshio Mizohata
With cooperation of Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, Canta Co.,Ltd. and Dance and Media Japan


The International Dance Film Festival Touring Workshops were held in Tokyo, Okayama, Matsuyama and Sendai and were well received throughout Japan. Now it will be given in Yokohama, free of charge. Don’t miss it.

■■Workshop #1■■

Naoto Iina and Yuko Hirai “Video Workshop for Body and Landscape”
Recording on video, framing a shot. Filming the body and landscape with care and precision.

Saturday 2 February. 13:00 - 18:00
Naoto Iina

Sunday 3 February. 13:00 - 18:00
Naoto Iina and Yuko Hirai
*The workshop will focus on the same content on both days.

Capacity : 15 people per day. Reservation required. Free of charge.

How much time do you spend observing people and the landscape? How long do you stand while filming? How carefully do you examine photographs and images you’ve taken? How long do you look at yourself in the mirror, how often do you look in detail at another's face? By being aware of our physicality while holding a camera, this workshop focuses on the relationship between the body and its surroundings, and also explores how to film the human body in an urban landscape. We will explore what it means to film and be filmed, while being conscious of the body and its presence in space. We will also devote some time to editing footage using premiere pro software.

This workshop is designed for :
· Anyone; age and skill are irrelevant
· Students interested in images and filmmaking;
· Teachers and instructors interested in introducing video education into their classes;
· Those interested in dance and performing arts as well as images;
· Those who want to create a dance video work.

Shooting and editing equipment will be provided for everyone to use.
Please also feel free to bring your own equipment.

■Naoto Iina

Video artist / Director / Producer. Founder of Dance and Media Japan, organiser of the International Dance Film Festival, commissioned for numerous projects abroad focussing on media technology and dance. In collaboration with the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, he is involved in the system construction of the Kazuo Ohno Video Archives and the photography and editing process for Interview About Modern Dance. He also lectures at the Tokyo Zokei University, and is a part-time lecturer at Kyoto Seika University and Koenji Theater Creation Academy, as well as a board member for the NPO Dance Archive Network.

■Yuko Hirai

Dancer / Choreographer. Having studied classical ballet at a young age, she now participates as a dancer and choreographer in collaborative projects. She performed her creation Sarumuko –The Face of Strangers in Okayama, Kyoto, and Tokyo (for the 8th Ebisu Video Festival Performance, 2016) and Ghosting - the Locus Garden at JCDN Let’s Dance Vol.6 in Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Matsuyama and Fukuoka. In 2016, she received the 17th Fukutake Culture Encouragement Award.

■■Workshop #2■■

Takao Kawaguchi Body Sculpture Workshop About Kazuo Ohno
Taking the impression of a body left in film and reflecting the image onto one's own.

Sunday 10 February.
11:00 - 14:00 Workshop
14:00 – 15:30 Screening Kazuo Ohno’s Admiring La Argentina (performed in 1977)

Monday 11 February.
11:00 - 14:00 Workshop
14:00 – 15:30 Screening Kazuo Ohno’s Admiring La Argentina (performed in 1977)
*The workshop will focus on same contents on both days.

Capacity : 20 people each time. Reservation required. Free of charge.

About Kazuo Ohno is Takao Kawaguchi’s creation for stage based upon a reworking of the Butoh master Kazuo Ohno’s dance. He interprets Ohno’s dance by watching archival images, using a “copying” technique to replicate them on stage.
In this workshop, Kawaguchi will share his insights with participants about the methods he used in his creative process.
Participants will examine excerpts from Ohno’s videos and seek to “rework” that dance / movement. No matter how small the movements, we create a series of spaces around the body and its surroundings, either consciously or unconsciously. These details will be observed in the archived footage - every stumble and lurch - and sculpted to create a new bodily "form".

Given the process involves observing the recorded images, participants should bring devices that can re-play video (laptop computer, tablet, smart phone etc.). 

Screening : Kazuo Ohno's Video Admiring La Argentina

(70 minutes Video Information Center / Repository: Keio University Art Center Archives) The original recording of Kazuo Ohno’s performance Admiring La Argentina in 1977. Directed by Tatsumi Hijikata, this masterpiece fused Hijikata’s aesthetic concepts with Ohno’s dance techniques. These priceless images were recorded during Ohno’ solo recital when he was already 71. The master tape was discovered in recent years and screened in a newly digitized version.

■Takao Kawaguchi

In 1996, he joined the performance group Dumb Type, and started making solo performances in 2000. About Kazuo Ohno premiered in 2013, received accolades worldwide and was nominated for the Bessie Awards. He was the director of the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (1996-99); translator of the British experimental film director Derek German’s Chroma (2003); appeared in the short film Kingyo directed by Edmond Yang, officially selected for the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

Round Table Discussion

Image, body, and education :

Teaching the body using images · Teaching images using the body

Tuesday 12 February : 18:00 – 21:00
Capacity : 20 people Reservation required and free of charge.
This discussion is open to everyone, especially leaders and faculty members in the fields of video and dance. We would like to make it a forum to exchange information and insights on education.

How are video and performance courses integrated into the university curriculum? A step into film studies for experienced dancers, and an approach to the body using film for non-experienced dancers. Artists who have been holding video and body classes at the university will present the work being done in their lessons and explore possibilities for future collaborations between film and physical education.

Panelists :
Takao Kawaguchi (Joshibi University of Art and Design)
Osamu Jareo (Rikkyo University)
Naoto Iina (Tokyo Zokei University, Kyoto Seika University)
Nao Yoshigai (Tokyo Zokei University)
Noriko Sunayama (Kobe Yamate College /2001 – 2013, Joshibi University of Art and Design)


Reservations are required for the following events

Video Workshop : Sat. 2 and Sun. 3 February
Body Sculpture Workshop : Sun. 10 and Mon. 11 February
Round Table Discussion : Tues. 12 February

Please email with:
Workshop date(s), your name, email address and phone number, along with a short personal bio.


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International Dance Film Festival Facebook : Dance Film Festival Japan

Access to the venue

Access : Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1
1-1-1 Shinko Naka-ku, Yokohama.
Get off at Bashamichi or Nippon Odori station on the Yokohama Minato-mirai Line. It is a 6-minute walk from either station.

Coming soon

International Dance Film Festival 2019 in Tokyo
Dates : Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March
Venue : Spiral Hall in Aoyama, Tokyo

Special screenings :
• Daniel Schmid+Kazuo Ohno - 3 works - Kazuo Ohno / Unused Footage of Daniel Schmid & Renato Berta / Written Face
• Ryudai Takano’s film premiere, followed by a talk
• International Dance Film selections 2019 + International Student Video Dance Creations

Presented by Tokyo Zokei University Film & Moving Image + Dance and Media Japan
Touring events co-presenters : NPO Dance Box (Kobe), yummydance (Matsuyama), R40 (Okayama) and Karadatomedia (Sendai)
International Student Video Dance Creations commentators : Naoto Iina, Takao Kawaguchi, Taro Yasuno and Nao Yoshigai
International Dance Film 2019 selections curator : Naoto Iina
Cooperation : Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, NPO Dance Archive Network
Production management : Canta Co.,Ltd
WEB Design : Tokyo Zokei University Media Design Course + Dance and Media Japan