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Kazuo Ohno Festival 2015
Dance in Daily Life

Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, Kazuo’s rehearsal studio, was built next to his house where he himself and his family lived. The fact that his space of living and dancing were next to each other should have deeply inspired Kazuo’s creation process. Kazuo often said “Daily life is your teacher.” It was not just a theory, but a practice for him. Since his first appearance in Europe in 1980, numerous workshop students from all over the world have come to the studio to practice Butoh while they stayed near the studio. They were often invited to his house next door to dine with his family. This has been the style of artist-in-residence at Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio with a wish to create new art from such a practice of living and dancing. In addition to dance performances and exhibition, this year’s Kazuo Ohno Festival starts artist-in-residence program. The process of creation will be open to the public and the fruits will be shown at the end of artists’ stay. We look forward to your company.

Saturday, 3rd ~ Sunday, 25th, October, 2015 at BankART Studio NYK


■Saturday, 3rd ~ Sunday, 25th, October, 2015. From 11:00 to 19:00. Admission free

Photographs and videos on activities of Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio will be shown. Since its establishment in 1961 in Yokohama, Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio has been the center of creation of numerous artists from all over the world including Kazuo Ohno himself, Yoshito Ohno and Tatumi Hijikata.
In tribute to Ko Murobushi, who suddenly passed away this year, his performance “quick silver” will be screened fully. “Quick silver” was premiered in Kazuo Ohno Festival 2005 at 3rd floor of BankART Studio NYK.

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Dance Performance

Yuval Pick
“loom”+ “YK15” (new piece)

“loom” is a duo piece like a conversation between Nico Muhly’s piano music and Yuval’s choreography. Repeated body movement with little help of hands and legs is woven into a space created by music. The movement is established based on breathing, which makes one to remember the natural rhythm we have in our body and primitive energy. “YK15” is the world premiere.

Saturday, October 3rd. 18:00

Sunday, October 4th. 14:00


※Duration: about 1 hour
※There will be an opening reception after the performance on October 3rd.
Admission Fee: ¥2,500 (in advance); ¥3,000 (on the day)


Choreography Yuval Pick

Dance Madoka Kobayashi, Julie Charbonnier

Music Nico Muhly


Choreography Yuval Pick

Dance Madoka Kobayashi, Julie Charbonnier, Jérémy Martinez, Alexander Standard

Yuval Pick
Born in 1970 in Israel, Pick was a member of the Bathsheba company since the 1990s, followed by a stint at the Lyon Opera Ballet, during which he collaborated with numerous prominent choreographers the likes of Ohad Naharin, Tero Saarin, and Russell Marifanto. He was appointed director of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape in 2011. He made his debut in Japan at Kazuo Ohno Festival 2013.

Yoshito Ohno
Flower and Bird – Butoh, a Way of Life

In 1959 Yoshito co-performed with Tatsumi Hijikata in “Forbidden Color”, the first Butoh performance ever. Since then Yoshito was very active in Hijikata’s pieces during 60s as well as appeared in Eikoh Hosoe’s experimental film “The Navel and the A-Bomb (1960)” with Hijikata. In 1977, Yoshito produced Kazuo Ohno’s masterpiece “Admiring La Argentina”, and directed all Kazuo’s performances after Hijikata passed away. This solo performance includes trilogy of Hijikata’s choreography for Yoshito as well as Yoshito’s version of “Divinariane”, the first scene of “Admiring La Argentina”, with same costume and music as Kazuo did. In the intermission, the full version of “The Navel and the A-Bomb (14 min.)” is screened. This piece tells you all the history of Yoshito’s dance, from the very beginning of Butoh until today.

Friday, October 16th. 19:30

Saturday, October 17th. 18:00


Sunday, October 18th. 14:00

※Duration: about 1 hour
Admission Fee:¥2,500 (in advance); ¥3,000 (on the day)

Yoshito Ohno
Born in Tokyo in 1938. Ohno appeared in Tatsumi Hijikata’s “Forbidden Colors” in 1959 in the role of a young man. He then attended the activities of House of Artaud and Ankoku Buto-ha. After some suspension since his solo recital in 1969, he co-performed with his father, Kazuo Ohno in “The Dead Sea” in 1985. Since 1986, Yoshito had directed all the pieces of Kazuo Ohno. The recent works include: “A Promising Morning (2010)”and “Time wind (2012).” He published “Food for the Soul” (Film Art-sha) and DVD “Flowerbird: Butoh, A way of life”(Canta Co.Ltd, 2015).

Artist-in-residence and Showing of work-in-progress

Japanese and foreign artists will share their process of creation during the festival and show their work-in-progress at the end of their stay. Viewing the process is free.

Artists in residence: Dates which is open to public

Kumotaro Mukai Oct.4~Oct.25 (Except Oct.8&9)

Yumi Tateishi Oct.5〜Oct.25 (Except Oct.8〜Oct.12 & Oct.17〜Oct.19)

ANTIBODIES Collective  10.6〜10.12

Alesandra Seutin Oct.3〜Oct.25

Julie Iarisoa Oct.3〜Oct.25


It is an accelerated world where efficiency is virtue
We are busy coming and going in a closed network at the speed of light
Now, a dugong is floating on the horizon of phenomena
I can see its gene flickering like a fading candle
It is like ourselves who lost amongst data without anchor
A stage is an anti-accelerator of time
There we break the “cage” as refugees through our primal action
Toward “Now”, a sincere moment that a life drifting on a limit
A curfew is already out of reach

Monday (holiday), October 12th. 15:00 & 19:30.

Admission Fee: ¥2,000 (in advance); ¥2,500 (on the day)

ANTIBODIES is established in 2015 by Yoko Higashino and Toshio Kajiwara as a collective of specialists with the idea of developing new interdisciplinary models for dynamic collaboration. It is an evolved form of “Dance Company Baby-Q” a genre-bending dance theatre group established in 2000.

Serial performances by participants of artist-in-residence program

Kumotaro Mukai “Butoh? in Progress”

Yumi Tateishi “1960”

Alesandra Seutin (Zimbabwe)

Julie Iarisoa (Madagascar)

Friday, October 23rd. 19:30

Saturday, October 24th. 18:00

Sunday, October 25th. 14:00

Admission Fee: ¥2,000 (in advance); ¥2,500 (on the day)

Kumotaro Mukai
“Butoh? in Progress”

What is Butoh? We can say that Butoh was avant-garde at a time. What do we know about Butoh? I suppose we don’t know about it very well. This is a challenge to show the audience various aspects of Butoh with words, images and my body and explain it in a certain way of Japanese huckster. The creation process is open to public, and my “Butoh?” will be updated daily through the conversation with audience.

Kumotaro Mukai
In 1994 Mukai joined Dairakudakan and trained under Akaji Maro. Two years after his leaving the company in 2012, Mukai established “Deux Shrine.” He keeps asking himself what dance is and what will be a new expression on stage while he always treasures “amusement”. His lightness is unlikely to be butoh while he approaches to the darkness of human mind to reveal that one is basically free thorough his unprecedented direction which is a legacy of his mentor. He is also a senior fellow of The Saison Foundation.

Yumi Tateishi

I was inspired by Judson Dance Theater movement in 1960s, especially its center figure, Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown. From what they said or did, I have drawn my interests:
Do not show off passion or sexual appeal. Make a dance from the basic daily movement such as to sit, walk, or lie down. Only a body can keep being the real. I take my farewell of my dance in the past.

Yumi Tateishi
Tateishi started Jazz Dance when she was a little girl thanks to her mother who used to be a member of Takarazuka Revue. In 2010 she went to Berlin to study dance. From 2012 to 2014, she participated in Ervi Siren’s “KITE” as Contemporary Dance Residence Exchange and Co-production Program between Japan and Finland. In 2013 Tateishi started solo dance and her project “1960” launched in 2015. She now is searching for her original dance beyond genre.

Julie Iarisoa (Madagascar)

Iarisoa is from Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar where she started to learn dance when she was 8 years old and later joined the company Rary in 2003. She perceives the subtle blend of contemporary dance and inspired by the Malagasy traditions and the Malagasy popular culture. Informal meetings with street dancers in Madagascar also become regular appointments for Julie. In 2004 Julie established her own contemporary dance company "Anjorombala," which has performed in Africa and Europe. She also runs a dance studio which receives artist-in-residence.

Alesandra Seutin (Zimbabwe)

London-based Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, the capital city in Zimbabwe and was raised in Brussels. She studied dance at Laban Center & Middlesex University in London. Her movement language reflects her cultural roots and is a hybrid of Contemporary, African and Urban dance styles. In 2007 she established Vocab Dance Company and performed at London’s Sadler’s Wells, The Place Theatre, Paris’ Theatre Louis Aragon and so on. The later works include ”Where is Home?”(2015).



Admission Fee A dance performance: ¥2,500 (in advance); ¥3,000 (on the day)
A Showing of Work-in-progress: ¥2,000 (in advance); ¥2,500 (on the day)

Students and senior citizens over 60 are eligible for \500 reduction with identification cards.

Reservation and Queries

Please reserve by e-mail specifying the name and the date/time of performance, your name, your phone number and the number of tickets you want to purchase. We take reservations by telephone and fax as well.

BankART1929 ohnofes@bankart1929.com

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


【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.

Organizers: Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, BankART1929
In collaboration with:   Yokohama Culture and Tourism Bureau
Soutien:  L’Institut Français, dans le cadre de son partenariat avec le Grand Lyon, et l’Institut Français du Japon
Supported by:  L’ Ecole des Sables (Senegal)