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Yoshito Ohno

1938 July Born in Meguro, Tokyo on 15th. His father Kazuo Ohno was enlisted.
1939   Along with his mother, elder brother and grandmother evacuated to Hakodate.
1940   Along with his mother, brother and grandparents relocated to Katsuura, Chiba prefecture.
1945   Due to deterioration evacuated to Odate Shakanai in Akita prefecture. Enrolled in elementary school. Returned to Katsuura after war ended.
1946   Kazuo demobilized and family relocated to Yokohama.
1950   Graduated from Yokohama Municipal Futatsuya Elementary School. Entered Kanto Gakuin Junior High School where he joined soccer team.
1951   Begin practicing dance with Kazuo Ohno.
1956   Graduated from Kanto Gakuin High School. Enrolled at Bunka Gakuin's Literature faculty.
1959 April


Appeared in the role of a young man in Kazuo Ohno’s The Old Man and the Sea at Dai-ichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo.
Co-performs with Tatsumi Hijikata in the role of the young man in Kinjiki at the 6th annual presentation of the All Japan Arts Dance Association.
Appeared in a revised version of Kinjiki at the 650 Experience: September 5 at 6 o’clock: Six Avant-garde artists.
1960 July

Tatsumi Hijikata DANCE EXPERIENCE. Appeared in The Navel and the A-Bomb, a film written and directed by Eikoh Hosoe.
Participated in Saint Marquis at the 2nd 650 EXPERIENCE Six Avant-garde artists.
1961 March

Participated in the opening recital of the Japan Mime Studio, presided over by Hironobu Oikawa, who was then Yoshito’s classical ballet and pantomime teacher.
Photographed by William Klein in Shimbashi, Tokyo along with Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata.
Appeared in Tatsumi Hijikata DANCE EXPERIENCE.

Alongside Hijikata and his dancers participated in the show team “Dancing Gorgui” at Tokyo and Yokohama nightclubs.
Married Etsuko Seta.
1963 November Appeared in Masseur, A Story that supports Passion at Tatsumi Hijikata DANCE EXPERIENCE.
1965 November Participated in Hijikata's Ankoku Buyo-ha Performance, A Rose Colored Dance: A la Maison de M. Civeçawa.
1966 March

Co-performed with Kazuo Ohno in Room at the 1st Maison d’Artaud at the Sōgetsu Hall, Tokyo.
Appeared in Instructional Illustrations for the Study of Divine Favour in Sexual Love: Tomato, the final performance of Hijikata's Ankoku Buto-ha.
1967 April Appeared at the 2nd Maison d’Artaud performance Gessler-Tell Group Theory.
1969 November Solo Performance: Yoshito Ohno DANCE EXPERIENCE at the Small Auditorium at the Kosei Nenkin Hall, Shinjuku. He subsequently stopped performing in public and began managing a drug store in Yokohama, and subsequently worked as personal assistant for Jiro Osaragi’s wife.
1975 March Coach for the physical training of the cast of Der Räuber Hotzenplotz, directed by Tanie Kitabayashi at the Seibu Gekijo, Tokyo.
1977 November Première of Kazuo Ohno’s Admiring la Argentina for which he acted as soundman and production director.
1980 August Joined Kazuo Ohno on his lecture demonstration to Quebec. Thereafter Yoshito will constantly accompany him on his overseas engagements.
1983 February-March Kazuo Ohno performance tour of Italy and Israel where they visited the Dead Sea.
1985 February Made comeback co-performing with Kazuo Ohno in The Dead Sea at the Butoh Festival 85 at Ginza Marion Asahi Hall, Tokyo. Performed overseas in Rimini, Cologne, Geneva and New York.
1986 January Tatsumi Hijikata dies. Performed extensively overseas with Kazuo Ohno; Adelaide, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires as well as in North America and Europe.
1987 June Directed and co-performed with Kazuo Ohno in the world première of Water Lilies in Stuttgart.
1989 March Performance at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Rome in collaboration with the musician Kazumichi Fujiwara and the artist Hidetoshi Nagasawa.
1990 May Directed and co-performed with Kazuo Ohno in Flowers-Birds-Wind-Moon commissioned by the city of Cremona and created in-situ.
1993 April The Palace Soars through the Sky with Kazuo Ohno and guests at the Red Brick Warehouse in Yokohama.
1994 April Directs and co-performs Water Lilies as the first segment of the Kazuo Ohno Retrospective at the Teatro Fonte, Yokohama.
1995 March Choreographs dance scenes in Hal Hartley's film Flirt.
1997 June His mother Chie Ohno dies at the age of 90.
1998 August Based on Masakatsu Gunji's script, première of The Last Portrait of Dorian Gray at Theatre Cai, Tokyo.
1999 September Publication of Tamashi no Kate by Film Art Sha, Tokyo later translated and published by the Wesleyan University Press under the English title Kazuo Ohno’s World: from without & within.
2000 June Co-performed Flower of the Universe with Kazuo Ohno at Teatro Fonte Yokohama.
2001 October Participated in the Tokyo International Arts Festival. Directed Flower Kazuo Ohno's final solo performance at Shinjuku Park Tower Hall.
2003 September Eye with Akira Kasai at the Japan-Brazil Butoh Festival, Sao Paolo, Ribeirão-Preto. Open-air performance with Kazuo Ohno Dancing at the Site of Reversible Destiny, Gifu.
2004 March

Eye–A Spring Night–38 Years Later as part of the Yoshito Ohno - Akira Kasai DANCE EXPERIENCE at the Tokyo International Art Festival.
Inauguration of annual Kazuo Ohno Festival Yokohama. Performs An Important Person at the BankART 1929 Hall.
2005 December Solo performance Isshin for the Kazuo Ohno Festival at Teatro Fonte, Yokohama.
2006 April Fleur de printemps, lune d'automne, collaboration with the Korean dancer Kim Maeja at the Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris.
Appeared in film Yokohama Mary directed by Takayuki Nakamura.
2007 January


Director of the Kazuo Ohno Centennial Gala performance Hyakkaryouran at the Kanagawa Prefectural Seishonen Centre.
Snow-Moon-Flower at Bologna’s Teatro di Vita as part of Cent'anni di Danza/ Omaggio a Kazuo Ohno.
Kuu solo performance at the Japan Society, New York to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Society’s founding and in honor of Kazuo Ohno’s 101st birthday.
2008 March
Kuu, at the Kazuo Ohno Exhibition, Sao Paolo Tokyogaqui.
Flower with Lucie Grégoire at the Canada Dance Festival.
Kuu, Jakarta.
2009 October Kinjiki Work in Progress, Kazuo Ohno Dance Festival.
2010 February

Antony and the Ohnos––Tamashi no Kate joint performance with Antony and the Johnsons, Sōgetsu Hall, Tokyo.
Kazuo Ohno dies at the age of 103.
A Promising Morning with two dancers from Pina Bausch’s Wuppertal Tanztheater, Julie Anne Stanzak and Eddie Martinez, Kazuo Ohno Dance Festival.
2011 May Kuu, Singapore Arts Festival.
2012 August Invited to Antony’s Meltdown Festival to perform in Antony and the Ohnos at the South Bank Centre, London.
2013 March
Time-wind. Brazilian performance and workshop tour.
Première of Flower and Bird; A Letter to my Future Self, Kazuo Ohno Dance Festival.
2014 March Flower and Bird; A Letter to my Future Self, Munich, Bologna, Barcelona.
2015 April

Flower and Bird; Inside and Outside, Hiyoshi Keio University Freshmen Inaugural
Antony and the Ohnos, Sao Paolo; workshop and performance at the Yuba Community Farm, Brazil to celebrate their 80th anniversary.
Flowerbird DVD and illustrated booklet published by Canta Co.Ltd. Containing historic contemporary and archive footage illuminating Yoshito Ohno's fifty-six year career.