Toshiko Oka, Masaru Kakio “Operating Theatre”
Yoshito Ohno “Tango”
Takao Kawaguchi “About Kazuo Ohno”
project OH!YAMA “Odorubaka”

BankART Studio NYK 3F Gallery

“Operating Theatre” / “About Kazuo Ohno” (Short ver.) / “Tango”
2.10 Tue19:30
2.11 Wed18:00

“About Kazuo Ohno” (Full ver.)
2.12 Thu19:30
2.13 Fri20:30

2.14 Sat16:00
2.15 Sun16:00

1 day ticket ¥3,000
2 days ticket¥5,000

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Running time: 90min

The Dance Archive Project 2015 deliberately sets out to further inter-connect the two spheres: dance archives and dance performance. We give the focus on Baku Ishii (1886-1962), Takaya Eguchi (1900-1977) and Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010) and have the great pleasure to present the confronting creations by Toshiko Oka, Masaru Kakio,
project OH!YAMA and Yoshito Ohno, based on these Japanese modern dance pioneers’pieces in the 1920 – 1930s as well as the Kazuo Ohno, an experimental journey to the greatest Butoh dancer by Takao Kawaguchi.


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. Once a year she creates a new work primarily based upon how her contemporaries confront modern life through their shared physicality. Her most recent works include Shiroi Yoru [White Nights] and Mayoi [Hesitation]. Her improvised performances often involve collaborations with musicians, visual artists and athletes. In 2014, she was awarded the Kobe Nagata Cultural Award.

Masaru Kakio

From 2004 to the present day, he has made guest appearances in Oka Toshiko’s dance group 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 Like my Father’s Self-Portrait, as well as in Sea Water which featured among others the director Yukichi Matsumoto, the Japanese-Vietnamese painter Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Masaru Kakio.

Yoshito Ohno

Born in Tokyo in 1938, Yoshito Ohno stage debut was in the role of the young boy in Kinjiki [Forbidden Colours] directed by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1959. Throughout the 1960s he was active in Butoh performances until he retired from performing in 1969. His stage comeback was in 1985 when he appeared alongside his father Kazuo Ohno in The Dead Sea; thereafter he continued to direct all of Ohno senior’s stage performances. In recent years he has collaborated with the Tanztheater Wuppertal dancers’ Julia Anne Stanzak and Eddie Martinez in The Promising Morning (2010), co-performed with Antony and the Johnsons in Antony & Ohnos (2010), as well creating a solo work Flowers and Birds (2013).

Takao Kawaguchi

As a dancer and performer, he was active in ATA DANCE and Dumb Type during ‘90s. His recent works include an on-going talking yourself performance series A Perfect Life (2008), and A Piece Inspired by the Text of Yameru Maihime, Tatsumi Hijikata’s Writing with Tomomi Tanabe (2012).

project OH!YAMA

Based in Gokokuji in Tokyo, the members of this all-female dance company, under the direction of Yuri Furuie, are all alumni of Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University. They were awarded the Jury Prize of Dance Collection R in Yokohama in 2009 and the Choreographer of the Future Prize in Toyota Choreography Awards in 2010.

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