Available until 15 August

BUTOH Sunakku—TRU Exhibition

Butoh: New Archive Talk


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

A Butoh dancer from Japan is invited to perform a “Butoh Exhibition Dance”

Guest speakers

Ryudai Takano

Photographer. Born in 1963. In 2006 he won the Kimura Ihei Award for photography with IN MY ROOM, a collection that visualises the indistinct divisions between men and women, and homo and heterosexuals. With works such as How to Contact a Man, which explores the same themes in a pornographic format, and Kasubaba, which explores urban spaces particular to Japan, he continues to explore unorthodox themes through his photographs. His solo exhibition Daily Photographs 1999-2021 will be held at the National Museum of Art in Osaka this year, from 29 June to 23 September.

naoto iina

Videographer, director, dramaturg, visual scenographer and producer. Iina is the founder of Dance and Media Japan and International Dance Film Festival. He is also an Associate professor at Tokyo Zokei University and lecturer at Za Koenji Theatre Academy. Recently he has been working on cross-genre works with video, dance and text. He is in charge of direction, composition, filming and editing of the online Butoh program "Re-Butoooh" (NPO Dance Archive Network).

Photo by Zheng Yuanbo

Toshio Mizohata

Joined the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio in 1983, and became involved as a lighting technician for Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno’s performances both in Japan and abroad. He has produced events organised by the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, including Hyakkaryouran (2007) and Antony and the Ohnos (2010). Since 1990, he has been maintaining the Kazuo Ohno archives, and published many books, videos etc. including Kazuo Ohno’s Workshop Words. In 2004 he joined BankART 1929, and organised the Kazuo Ohno Festival. He established the non-profit organisation Dance Archive Network in 2016, which organises “Dance Archive Project” events, of performances inspired by archive materials.

Photo by Tomoko Kosugi

Saga Kobayashi

Born in Mie Prefecture in 1946. She was a part of Tatsumi Hijikata’s Hangi Daitokan from 1969 to 1975, and performed as one of the leads in all Hijikata’s works including Twenty-Seven Nights for the Four Seasons at Art Theatre Shinjuku Bunka and Shizukana Ie (Parts 1 & 2) at the Seibu Theater. She later formed Suisei Club (Comet Club). In 1983 she participated in the Japan Festival at the invitation of Tatsumi Hijikata, and toured six European countries. She began the Butoh AURA series in 1995, exploring the unconscious. In 1998 she formed Kobayashi Saga + NOSURI.

TRU Exhibition

Butoh: New Archive Exhibition