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Kazuo Ohno Festival 2012 is happening now.

With his 1960 performance Dance Experience, butoh's co-founder Tatsumi Hijikata embarked upon a series of innovative performances that was to astonish the Japanese dance world. This rich cultural heritage from the 60s is all the more relevant in these digital times as we continue to work in the vein of 'dance as physical experience.' From long experience we believe it possible to analytically observe the entire dance spectrum, while at the same time deepen our understanding of dance in the past - through the establishment of dance archives- while ensuring its prospects in the future - through better 'literacy'.

Dance is manifestly a physical expression of life: In so far as human beings are mortal, individual dances disappear with our demise. Nonetheless dance is a cultural heirloom that can be transmitted on both individual and generational levels. Our mortality need not entail its extinction but rather provides an impetus to pass on its seed to future generations. Seen from a cultural perspective, dance archives serve a vital structural role in collating as well as storing this shared tradition.

Dance has been omnipresent down through the ages; in all cultures and traditions throughout the continents. There are as many dance styles, as there are individuals. At times it has been prohibited in certain cultures, whereas in others it has been actively encouraged. Constantly transforming, dance has been a permanent feature in the history of mankind and an earmark of human evolution. In terms of improving dance literacy, we need to consider how to engage with dance-- in the broadest sense of the term- in the midst of our day-to-day lives.

Duration: Friday, September 7th until Sunday, October 7th, 2012 
Venues: BankART Studio NYK and Hanmar Head Studio in Shin Minatoku
Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)
**Note that the fees are different for "Node/The Old Man of the Desert ver.β" and "PARAPARA part2"

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Dance Archive
Dance Archives
Opening hours: Friday, September 7th until Sunday, October 7th, 2012. 11:30-19:00 Venue: BankART Studio NYK

For this exhibition, we have assembled a wide variety of items: audio-visual recordings in older formats; a wealth of abandoned documents relating to dance, not forgetting those materials that would have been deemed as rubbish if neglected. We are also actively searching out historical materials, documents and memorabilia that are in danger of being lost forever. During the festival, a conference on the challenges faced in establishing dance archives will take place along with a public research group on the theme of Tatsumi Hijikata's Last Words.

To date in Japan there has been scarcely any opportunity to either publish or exhibit archive documents given the dearth of organisational or strategical competence in collecting materials. We hope that the Kazuo Ohno Festival has gone some distance to fill this lacuna in dance history by its opening up of the Kazuo Ohno archives to the general public. We are currently collaborating with the Tatsumi Hijikata archives, as well as the Pina Bausch Foundation in Wuppertal with the ultimate objective of putting in place a comprehensive system of collating and archiving materials related to modern dance so as to safeguard its long-term interests.

Exhibit Kazuo Ohno, Tatsumi Hijikata, Baku Ishii, Choe Seung-hui, Tomiko Takai, Hideyuki Yano, Nobuo Ikemiya, Midori Ishii, Archive materials from Yokohama Dance Collection and others, photographs of Pina Baush, collection from Video Information Center and more.

Dance Literacy
Dance Literacy for the school education in search for the joy of dance

Every Tuesday in September-October period at BankART school
As of spring 2012 dance has become a compulsory subject in Japanese Junior High Schools. Given this welcome development in educational policy, BankART are organising workshops regarding the content and form of dance to be introduced into the curriculum. BankART proposes a series of courses by various interested parties in the field of dance pedagogy - dance researchers, sociologists, butoh practitioners- for this new era where dance is accessible to everybody. For details, please contact BankART School.

Lecturers: Kazuko Takahashi (Professor, Yokohama National University) "Awareness exercise," Eriko Hosokawa (Professor, Saitama University) "Duet: to feel each other freely," Toshiko Oka (Choreographer) "Dance to Aogebatotoshi," Maki Hirayama (Associate Professor) "Men and women in a dance class"

Dance Experience
Kazuo Ohno Festival 2012 at Hanmar Head Studio in Shin Minatoku

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Dance Experience

The first night performance at Hanmar Head Studio
Megumi Nakamura and Toshiko Oka
White Night

Movement emerges from my heart. I eager to dance what I feel for others with my own body. "White Night" is the night when I was born.

Date: Friday, September 7th. 19:30

Choreographed and performed by Megumi Nakamura and Toshiko Oka

Music: Kazuo Imai (Guitar)

Venue: Hanmar Head Studio in Shin Minatoku

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

The second night performance at Hanmar Head Studio
Dance Exchange Project "Pyjamas vol.1"

This is the exchange project to find a common language between different bodies. Dance Sanga by Megumi Nakamura dance a piece choreographed by Toshiko Oka from Ensemble Sonne and vice versa.

Dates: Saturday, September 8th. 16:00 ; Sunday, September 9th. 16:00

Directed and choreographed by Megumi Nakamura and Toshiko Oka

Performers: Dance Sanga, Ensemble Sonne, and more

Venue: Hanmer Head Studio in Shin Minatoku

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Megumi Nakamura
After been active in Jiri Kylian's NDT, Nakamura established Dance Snaga in 2007. Her interest is in searching for the role and the possibilities of dance to the humanity and making them real.

Toshiko Oka
After the graduation from Folkwang University of the Arts, Oka established Ensemble Sonne Contemporary Dance Company based in Kobe. She presents her pieces yearly and casts questions on existence by means of the body, the common element of human.

From Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Helena Pikon and Azusa Seyama

Tanztheater Wuppertal is quite active dancing Pina Bausch's pieces touring all over the world after her sudden death. Among them, Helena Pikon and Azusa Seyama come to Yokohama to share their special piece inspired by their feelings for Pina and their own path from the past to the future. This will be a chance to grasp Pina Baush's spirit and witness different faces of two dancers outside of the company. There will be a post-performance talk.

Date: Saturday, September 8th. 18:00 ; Sunday, September 9th. 18:00

Choreographed and performed by Helena Pikon and Azusa Seyama

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Helena Pikon
In 1975 Pikon co-worked to establish Jacques Patarozzi's dance company, La Main, with Dana Sapiro, Malou Airaudo and Dominique Mercy in France. In 1977 she perticipated in Pina Baush's "Renate Emigrates" in Wuppertal. She has been a regular member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since 1981.

Azusa Seyama
Seyama began to practice classical ballet under Noriko Seyama when she was 4 years old. After she studied under Hideko Ishizawa at Kunitachi Ballet Studio, Seyama studied at North Carolina School of the Art. She was active in Ballet Austin in Texas and also in Mexico and Cuba. After studied in Folkwang University of the Arts, she has been a regular member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since 2000.

Hard-core Contemporary Dance & Alternative Rock
Kakuya Ohashi & Dancers and Kukan-gendai
Whispers/ A Cliff

Kakuya Ohashi & Dancers, who reveals the darkness in the ordinary, and Kukan-gendai, who sets free unique music pieces, will perform "Whispers," premiered in August of 2011, and a new piece "A Cliff" and take you to the beyond.

Dates: Saturday, September 15th. 16:00 ; Sunday, September 16th. 15:00

Music: Kukan-gendai(Junya Noguchi, Keisuke Koyano and Hideaki Yamada)
Performers: Natsuko Furutachi, Naoko Maeda, Akino Miyano, Nagako Tomaru, Maho Danjo and Yuu Gotoh
Choreographer: Kakuya Ohashi
Sound Designer: Norimasa Ushikawa

There will be a post-performance talk with Yoshio Ohtani and Kei Hirakura on 15th, and with Atsushi Sasaki on 16th.

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Digital technology meets Butoh
Takayuki Fujimoto
Node/ The Old Man of the Desert ver.β

In this piece we will think about the relationship among data, information and knowledge. While data and information are easily copied, knowledge requires a certain training as it is gained by experiencing the same data in different ways. So it is difficult to hand down one's knowledge to others. I want an audience to experience this structure by means of watching.

Dates: Sunday, September 16th. 18:00 ; Monday, September 17th. 16:00

Direction and lighting: Takayuki Fujimoto
Choreography: Tsuyoshi Shirai
Performers: Daisuke Yoshimoto, Tsuyoshi Shirai, Kazuma Glen Motomura and Yuko Hirai
Music: Yasutaka Henmi

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 1F

Admission Fee: ¥2,000 (advance); ¥2,500 (door)

Takayuki Fujimoto/Independent Director and Lighting Designer.
Member of Dumb Type from 1987 as lighting and technical management director. In recent years, he has branched out, often working in collaboration with overseas artists. With the help of LED lights and a digital database, he focuses on synchrony of the solidity of the human body, to create an integrated stage design.

Some Readings of Yameru Maihime(The Sick Prima Donna) by Tatsumi Hijikata vol.1
Yukio Waguri, Jocelyne Montpetit, Hanabusadayu Toyotake and Seitomo Tsurusawa
Yameru Maihime (The Sick Prima Donna)

Yameru Maihime(The Sick Prima Donn) written by Tatsumi Hijikata has inspired various artists of all genres by its mysterious power of the words since it was published serially in a Shingeki magazine in 1977. We present Yameru Maihime in 3 forms; dance, butoh and Gidayu.

Date: Saturday, September 22nd. 19:30

La Danseuse Malade
Choreographed and performed by Jocelyne Montpetit
Translated by Kuniichi Uno

Yameru Maihime
Choreographed by Yukio Waguri
  Performers: Yukio Waguri, Hikaru Inagawa and Ryo Inagawa

Narrate Yameru Maihime by means of Gidayu music
Composed and played by Hanabusadayu Toyotake(Gidayu narrator) and Seitomo Tsurusawa (Shamisen)

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Yukio Waguri
Born in 1952. Waguri studied Butoh under Tatsumi Hijikata at Asbestos-kan. He focuses on passing down and developing Hijikata's method and issued DVD-ROM "Butoh-Kaden." His master pieces include; A bone on the ground(2000), A spiritual journey(2003), Body Labyrinth(2010) and more.

Jocelyne Montpetit
Montpetit trained herself under European masters Jerzy Grotowski in Poland and Étienne Decroux in France. In 1980s, she came to Japan to study under Min Tanaka, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. In 1986 she established Jocelyne Montpetit Danse in Montreal. Recent pieces include: Faune(2008) and Nuit Nacht Notte(2009).

Hanabusadayu Toyotake (Gidayu Narrator)
Born in 1947. Wakadayu Toyotake X, one of living national treasures of Japan, was his grandfather. In 1967 Toyotake became an apprentice under Harukodayu Takemoto Ⅲ. Later he became an apprentice under Koshijidayu Takemoto Ⅳ, who is also a living national treasure of Japan. Toyotake was rewarded National Theater's Honorable Mention Award in 1971, Bunraku Association Award in 1978 and National Theater's Award of Excellence in Bunraku in 2003.

Seitomo Tsurusawa (Shamisen)
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1947. Tsurusawa became an apprentice under Dohachi Turusawa Ⅱ in 1971 and took his mentor's first name. Next year he appeared in National Theater for the first time. In 1982 he became an apprentice under Seiji Tsurusawa. He was awarded Bunraku Association Award in 1979 and Bunraku Association Honorable Mention Award in 1987.

This is Asia at BankART
Asia Tri

Three Asian nights by three companies; Bimo Dance Theater from Jogjakarta, all women's Tembi Dance Company and Undergrand Theater Shanghai Noodle Factory from Fukuoka, Japan.

Shanghai Noodle Factory
Raxamentempura part 3
Written and directed by Kaito Shina and choreographed by Mitsuyo Uesugi
Friday, September 21st. 19:30

Shanghai Noodle Factory, Tembi Dance Company and Bimo Dance Theater
Saturday, September 22nd. 16:00

Shanghai Noodle Factory, Tembi Dance Company, Bimo Dance Theater, PIXunit and Kazco
Sunday, September 23rd. 16:00

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 1F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Shanghai Noodle Factory
Shanghai Noodle Factory was established by Kaito Shina in 1977 based in Fukuoka. The name is after the noodle factory that Shina's grandfather runs in Shanghai. Recently Shina's performance pieces are based on the poems by Tadaaki Koga and the dynamism of Ariake Sea.

Tembi Dance Company
Tembi Dance Company, established in 2008 at TEMBI Studio in Jogjakarta, is all young female dance company. Using a technique of Javanese dance, their works deals with a contemporary situation.

Bimo Dance Theater
Bimo Dance Theater is one of the famous Indonesian dance companies founded by Bimo Wiwohatomo, who studied under the great dance master Bagon.

Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio presents
Yoshito Ohno and Lucie Gregoire
Time Wind

Yoshito Ohno and Lucie Grgoire performed 3 pieces together in Quebec. This will be the Japan premier of their duet and solos.

Dates: Thursday, September 27th. 19:30 ; Friday, September 28th. 19:30

Directed, choreographed and performed by Yoshito Ohno and Lucie Gregoire
Sound operation: Noriaki Koda
Costume: Etsuko Ohno

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Yoshito Ohno
Born in Tokyo in 1938. Ohno appeared in Hijikata's Forbidden Colors in 1959 in the role of a young man. He attended the activities of Artaud-kan and Ankoku Buto-ha. After some suspension, he co-performed with his father, Kazuo Ohno in the Dead Sea in 1985. Since 1986, Yoshito had directed all the pieces by Kazuo Ohno. In 1998 he performed "The last portrait of Dorian Gray" based on Gunji Masakatsu's posthumous work. Recent works include: Eye in 2009, A Promising Morning in 2010.

Lucie Gregoire
Gregoire attended Nouvelle Ere Group in 1970s. In 1986, she established her own company and lived in New York, France and Japan for the next decade. She has produced more than 30 dance pieces as a solo dancer, a dancer in a group or a choreographer. She presents her pieces regularly in Agora Theatre in Montreal. Yoshito Ohno and Lucie Gregoire have been co-performed Eye(2004), Flower(2009) and In Between(2011).

A Reading of Anma(The Masseurs) by Tatumi Hijikata
Akira Kasai
Toward Anma

Kasai Akira took a first step toward Butoh when Hijikata Tatumi dashed for unseen Butoh with Experience and Avant-garde in both hands. Kasai challenges the initial state of Butoh.

Date: Saturday, September 29th. 19:30
Directed, choreographed and performed by Akira Kasai

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

There will be a post-performance talk with Kunio Iwaya.

Akira Kasai
Born in Mie prefecture. After studied modern dance and classical ballet, Kasai encountered Kazuo Ohno and Butoh. He appeared in Hijikata's Rose Colored Dance(1965), Metaphtsics(1966) and others. He also performed solo pieces like Crucified Maria(1966). Kasai established Tenshikan in 1971. He moved to Germany in 1979 and studied Eurythmy. His works presented all over the world include Pollen Revolution(2001), Transparent Labyrinth(2006) and Blood is a special juice(2011).

Kunio Iwaya
Born in Tokyo in 1943. Iwaya is a professor emeritus of Meiji Gakuin University specializing in French literature. He has published many monographs, expositions and translations on 20th century surrealism. The variety of his interests from art and culture to journey, gardens and vegetation makes him active also as a critic and an essayist. Iwaya knew Shuzo Takiguchi and Tatsuhiko Shibusawa in person and actually saw Anma on stage.

Odissi, a classical eastern Indian dance
Rahul Acharya and Eiko Shinohara
MOKSHA liberation

Odissi is a classical eastern Indian dance to dedicate to the god from ancient time. It is said to be "living divine sculpture." A young androgynous odissi dancer, Rahul Acharya will dance strongly and gracefully. MOKSHA is the piece to be danced at the end of the stage. It is a dance of wish to be released from all sufferings in this world and to have spiritual peace.

Dates: Saturday, September 29th. 16:00 ; Sunday, September 30th. 16:00

Choreographed and performed by Rahul Acharya and Eiko Shinohara

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 1F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance) ; ¥3,000 (door)

Rahul Acharya
Rahul started studying Odissi dance at the age of 4 under Guru Shri Durga Charan Ranbir who was a disciple of the late guru Deba Prasad Das. He dances strongly and gracefully with his breathtaking chowk technique and subtle expression. He is active all over the world and was awarded Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Award as the first male winner in 2008.

Research Project
PARAPARA as the community dance; part 2

PARAPARA, which survived under the shining mirror ball after the burst of the economic bubble, are danced to anime songs at costume play parties nowadays. Eventhough eurobeat has been replaced by cosplays and anime songs, PARAPARA still seems to have its life as one of the dance forms. Following the research project part 1 in 2010, we will have a cosplay dance party along with a performance and a talk session. Welcome cosplayers!

Date: Sunday, September 30th.
Cosplay Dance Party 13:00-21:00

Atsunori Kawamura DanPa DanPa DanPa @ Yokohama
Directed and choreographed by Atsunori Kawamura
Performers: Shoshokigata+neu!
After the performance there will be a round-table discussion among: Mitsugu Matsumoto(DJ), Toru Oshima (Part-time lecturer at Tamagawa University) and Essai Ushijima (Cosplay critic)

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: Cosplayers ¥1,500 ; Without Cosplay ¥2,000

Solo dance & video installation
Akemi Takeya
Small pieces about SOS (Solo Version)

I will try to narrate 31 stories of SOS with words and body images inspired the word "SOS." Besides the solo performance, I will exhibit a documentary video to describe the creating process. This video installation will be open until the performance starts. It is free to see only this installation.

Dates: Friday, October 5th. 19:30 ; Saturday, October 6th, 16:00;Sunday, Octorber 7th, 17:00

Created, designed, directed, choreographed and performed by Akemi Takeya
Visual design and direction: Road Izumiyama
Visulal design:トーマス・ワーゲンソンマラー
Procuced by: Imeka

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 1F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance) ¥3,000 (door)

Akemi Takeya
Takeya is a choreographer and a performer living in Vienna. She collaborates with many artists other than dancers like Granular Synthesis (modell 5), Tom Cora, Christian Fennesz, Tetsuo Furudate and more. Since Takeya presented a solo piece Feeler in 2009 in Tokyo, she creates and presents her works every year in Japan.

Some Readings of Yameru Maihime(The Sick Prima Donna) by Tatsumi Hijikata vol.2
Tomomi Tanabe and Takao Kawaguchi
Two solos inspired by the text of Yameru Maihime(The Sick Prima Donna)

From the labyrinthine Yameru Maihime by Tatsumi Hijikata, I pick up the word "Tatami (mat)." This word leads me to the other sentences and made me dance about a sheet of Tatami mat. The premier of this piece was performed in May of 2012 in Whenever Wherever Festival.

Dates: Friday, October 5th. 21:00 ; Saturday, October 6th. 18:00

Choreographed and performed by Tomomi Tanabe and Takao Kawaguchi
Costume: Kyoko Kitamura

Venue: BankART Studio NYK 3F

Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)

Tomomi Tanabe
Tanabe started to dance while she was a university student. She studied under Kunishi Kamiryo and Masahide Omori. Tanabe presented Epsilon in 1985 and appeared in Butoh Newcomer Series at Terpsichore in 1987. Since 1989 she has participated in Dance Hakushu. Tanabe presents Goldfish bowl series every year since 1997. She is also active as a midwife.

Takao Kanawaguchi
Kawaguchi is one of the founders of a dance company "ATA DANCE." Since 1996 he joined Dumb Type and also has presented solo pieces. Especially he collaborates with those artists who are active both in music and art since 2003. Kawaguchi participates in the project "true" with Takayuki Fujimoto from Dumb Type and Tsuyoshi Shirai from AbsT. He works on a performance series "a perfect life" which deals with talking about oneself.

Yokohama Dance Neighbourhood 2012

Availing of Yokohama's outdoor spaces, the Dance Neighbourhood project presents a series of performances in which spectators can stroll from venue to venue with a map in hand. The exact locations will be determined on the day, and performances will go ahead even with light rain.

Date: Sunday, October 7th. 13:00
Please register at BankART Studio NYK by 12:45 at the latest.

Performers: Mamako Yoneyama, Yuki Aoki, New Comer H, Toshiko Oka, Project Ohyama, Jiro Aoki, Takuro Suzuki and more.

Venue: Six different venues around BankART Studio NYK. The route between venues will be determined on the day.

Admission fee: ¥2,500 (advance); ¥3,000 (door)



Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (advance) ; ¥3,000 (door)
Note that "Node/The Old Man of the Desert ver.β" charges ¥2,000 for advance purchase and ¥2,500 on-the-day, and "PARAPARA part2" charges ¥1,500 for cosplayers and ¥2,000 for non-cosplayers.

Ticket Reductions:
Students and Senior Citizens over 60 are eligible for ¥500 reduction with identification cards.

Kazuo Ohno Festival Pass: ¥10,000 Allows one to attend all performances (one day of each performances). Note that only the name-bearer on the pass will be able to use it.

One Day Pass: ¥4,000.  Allows one to attend two performances which happen in the same day. Only the name-bearer on the pass will be able to use it.

Reservation and Queries

BankART1929:  ohnofes@bankart1929.com

WEB form  Just Here

TEL 045-663-2812 FAX 045-663-2813

Please reserve by webform specifying the event and the date you want to attend, your name, your phone number and the number of thickets you want to purchase. We take the reservations also by telephone and fax.

BankART1929 Official Site: http://www.bankart1929.com/

Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio Official Site: http://www.kazuoohnodancestudio.com/

Address and Access

【BankART Studio NYK】
3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Tel 045-663-2812
Get off at Bashamichi station on the Yokohama Minato-mirai line. From exit 6 (Akairenga Soko exit,) it is about a 4-minute walk.

*BankART Studio NYK is run by NPO BankART1929 by agreement with Yokohama-city.

【Hanmer Head Studio in Shin Minato-ku】
Shinko 2-5, Chuo-ku, Yokohama TEL 045-225-8212

Get off at Bashamichi station on the Yokohama Minato-mirai line. From exit 6 (Akairenga Soko exit,) it is about a 10-minute walk toward the direction of the Bankokubashi Bridge and the World Porter's complex.

*Hanmer Head Studio is run by NPO BankART1929 and Shinko Pier Meeting entrusted by Yokohama Culture and Tourism Bureau.

[Please pay attention:]
*Shinko Pier is basically a restricted area. Please keep to the determined route.
*There is no parking lot. Please use public transportations.

Organisers : Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, BankART1929
Co-organiser : Yokohama Arts Festival Committee
Financial assistance The Agency for Cultural Affairs under the auspices of the 2012 Outstanding Artistic Projects Scheme, Austrian Ministry of Education,Art and Culture,Department of Culture of City of Vienna,Austrian Cultural Forum TOKYO
Project Co-ordination : NPO Butoh Sozo Shigen ; Asia Tri ; Imeka
Special thanks to : Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Keio University Arts Centre, Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC), Impuls Tanz and JCDN
Supported by : Office of Quebec, Japan


Festival sponsored as part of Dance Dance Dance Festival, 2012

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