Available until 15 August

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow

About Minotaur Disco  with
Daisuke Yoshimoto x Naoyuki Sakai x
Akihiro Suzuki x Takao Kawaguchi x Chie Sumiyoshi

photo by Rokka Ando

photo by Rokka Ando

photo by Rokka Ando

Aftershow talks with the artists are streamed live in Japanese on the same day their performance goes online. Artists are invited to talk about the concepts behind their work, their creation process, and their relationship with Butoh. Some of these talks, labelled “Kazuko Night”, will be hosted by artistic director Takao Kawaguchi playing the role of a Japanese snack bar “mama”.
*Please do not attend these recordings in person.

Live talks from our “BUTOH Sunakku” in Ueno/Ikenohata.


Photo by Hiroh Kikai

Daisuke Yoshimoto

Majored in performing arts at Nihon University College of Art. Began performing as a Butoh dancer in 1981 after working on Kazuo Ohno’s Admiring La Argentina and My Mother as stage manager. He founded the Butoh Company Tenku-Yoran in 2007 and continues his work energetically both in Japan and abroad. He has a particularly deep relationship with the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław, Poland, and has created opportunities for Butoh to spread its influence there.

Naoyuki Sakai

Born in 1991. Dancer and filmmaker. Completed graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts. A “Dance Well” instructor for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Appeared in many performances in both Japan and overseas as part of Un Yamada Co. from 2012 to 2019. His Butoh inspiration has been inherited through Un Yamada and Teita Iwabuchi. Since 2020 he has been based in Kasukabe City, planning events and creating dance videos. He continues to work both on stage and in films, and has appeared in live music performances with RADWINPS, and in music videos with Hakushi Hasegawa and Salyu, among others.

Akihiro Suzuki

Began producing 8mm films towards the end of the 1980s. He develops unique pieces that focus on the underground and sexuality, working in film direction, production and distribution for film festivals and screenings. In 2020 he established an underground film site called “Art Saloon”, with the aim of streaming and archiving underground films. Major works he has directed include Looking for Angel (1999) and Luna Child (2009). He also planned the film festival Underground Archives (2001), among others.
Art Saloon: https://art-saloon.site/

Takao Kawaguchi

Joined the performance group Dumb Type in 1996. Began a solo career in 2000, exploring the boundaries of performance across theatre, dance, video and art. In 2008 he began a solo performance series called a perfect life, which was presented at the 5th Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions in 2013. In recent years, he has been working on performances that are related to Butoh, including The Sick Dancer (with Tomomi Tanabe, 2012) and About Kazuo Ohno (2013). The latter was nominated for an NYC Bessie Award, and was shown at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2018.


MP Risaku Suzuki

Chie Sumiyoshi

Art producer and writer, born in Tokyo. Majored in Aesthetics and Science of Arts at Keio University. She has ben working as an art journalist since the 1990s. Previously the director of art space & bar TRAUMARIS, she now organises contemporary art and performing art events in various places. On the jury for Yokohama Dance Collection’s Competition II 2011–2016. She established Dance Hoikuen!! in 2016, and has been the director of Japanese and English bilingual culture review site Real Tokyo since 2018.

15 May 19:30 [UTC +9]~15 August
Takao KawaguchiMinotaur Disco