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Picture: Takuya Matsumi

Picture: Dajana Lothert

Picture: Dajana Lothert

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Picture: Takuya Matsumi

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Picture: Takuya Matsumi

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Takao Kawaguchi

About Kazuo Ohno

Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces

How can something as fleeting as dance be archived and passed on? How can it be saved from oblivion? And how is it changed in this process of being passed on? Takao Kawaguchi – a fearless performance artist, a shape-shifter of the body and the mind – literally copies the dances of an icon, focusing on video recordings of renowned butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, who helped to revolutionise dance and founded butoh in the wake of the Second World War. What emerges is a tense, exciting dialogue of two artists between presence and absence, contemporary trash and traditional wisdom.

At the festival

August 2017
Choreography Kazuo Ohno, Tatsumi Hijikata
With Takao Kawaguchi
Appearance in Video Yoshito Ohno
Dramaturgy, Visuals & Sound Design Naoto Iina
Costume Design Noriko Kita
Lighting Design & Production Management Toshio Mizohata
Duration 110 Min

Archive materials courtesy of Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio and Dance Archive Network.

With the support of Japan Foundation.