Following its recent successful appearances in Turkey and a month-long tour of Polish-Japanese project Kantor_Tropes: COLLAGE, the Gdańsk-based Amareya Theatre returns to Japan to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the death of Tatsumi Hijikata, creator of the butoh dance.
The celebration of the 30th anniversary of the brilliant Japanese butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata includes a range of international events organized by the Hijikata Archive Tatsumi (Keio University, Tokyo), Portfolio Butoh research organization, and the Tokyo-based Shinonome Butoh company (Yuko Kawamoto).
As part of the celebrations, Katarzyna Pastuszak will perform in Sasara Mo Sara (??????) choreographed and directed by Yoko Kawamoto (Shinonome Butoh Company). The premiere presentations will take place on 2-4 September 2016 at the Arts Council Tokyo (d-SOKO Room). Katarzyna Pastuszak will also hold a three-day dance workshop at Studio Piace in Tokyo.
On 9-12 September, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Joanna Duda and Aleksandra Śliwińska will be featured in the opening of the Kamaitachi Museum in Ugomachi, T?hoku region. On 11 September, as part of the opening ceremony, the Tricity-based artists Joanna Duda and Katarzyna Pastuszak will present Izume, a piece prepared especially for the occasion. The Kamaitachi Museum is devoted to the oeuvre of Tatsumi Hijikata, whose home region of T?hoku was the cradle of butoh.
During their stay in Japan, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Joanna Duda, Aleksandra Śliwińska and Yuko Kawamoto will visit the cities stricken with the 2011 tsunami (Sendai and Fukushima). The artists will collect materials for the Polish-Japanese artistic project Perforacje: Pamięć wody [Perforations: Water memory], co-financed by the City of Gdańsk, which will premiere on 22-23 October 2016 at Centrum WL4 in Gdańsk.
Date: 23 August-16 September 2016
Venue: Art Centre, Keio University, Tokyo / Tokyo Arts Council – d-SOKO Hall, Tokyo / Ekoda Storehouse, Tokyo / Kamaitachi Museum in Ugomachi (Ugomachi) / cities of Sendai i Fukushima
29 August – 1 September 2016 ? rehearsals for Sasara Mo Sara (??????) featuring Katarzyny Pastuszak, choreographed by Yuko Kawamoto (Shinonome Butoh Tokyo).
2-4 September 2016 ? 3 premiere presentations of Sasara Mo Sara (??????) at the Tokyo Arts Council (d-SOKO)
6-8 August 2016 ? 3-day dance workshop by Katarzyna Pastuszak, Studio Piace (Tokyo)
9-11 September 2016 ? presentation of Izume (Katarzyna Pastuszak ? dance, Joanna Duda ? live music) at the opening of the Kamaitachi Museum in Ugomachi (T?hoku region)
12-15 September 2016 ? Katarzyna Pastuszak, Aleksandra Śliwińska, Yuko Kawamoto and Joanna Duda?s visit to north Japan (the site of the 2011 tsunami), collection of materials for the Polish-Japanese artistic project Perforacje: Pamięć wody [Perforations: Water memory], co-financed by the City of Gdańsk, which will premiere on 22-23 October 2016 at Centrum WL4 in Gdańsk
Katarzyna Pastuszak and Joanna Duda?s visit to Japan is supported by the City of Gdańsk as part of the ?Mobility Fund? Cultural Scholarship, Mr. Takashi Morishita, Director of the Tatsumi HIjikata Archive, Keio University, Tokyo; organized in collaboration with Yuko Kawamoto of Shinonome Butoh Company (Tokyo).
More on the performance presented at theTokyo Arts Council, d-SOKO auditorium, as part of the 30th anniversary of Hijikata Tatsumi?s death:
Sasara Mo Sara (??????) is a production by Shinonome Butoh, directed and choreographed by Yuko Kawamoto and featuring Katarzyna Pastuszak and Japanese artists. The premiere performances will be presented on 2-4 September at the Tokyo arts Council (d-SOKO) as part of the 30th anniversary of the death of the brilliant Japanes butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata. The piece is a continuation of the collaboration between Katarzyna Pastuszak, Yuko Kawamoto and Daisuke Tsekuda, whose previous projects include the 2015 Polish-Japanese piece Kantor_Tropes COLLAGE, directed by Katarzyna Pastuszak.
The phrase ?sasara mo sara? typically figures in the dialect of the Hiroshima region and signifies an ?unbridled chaos?. Seventy years ago the ?Little boy? atom bomb swept 90% of the city of Hiroshima, devastating what had constituted it. Moreover, a single flash of the nuclear blast changed the way people conceive of their own, destructive potential. The main axis of Sasara Mo Sara (??????) is formed by the issues of the past, present, and future of nuclear weapons. A butoh performance, in which artists strive to express sorrow, hatred, anxiety and anger, Sasara Mo Sara not only focuses on the aftermath of the atomic bomb but also scrutinize other unbridled and absurd phenomena and instances of destruction, which never cease to occur throughout the world.
Sasara Mo Sara (??????) ? Shinonome Butoh Company
Directed and choreographed by: Yuko Kawamoto
Dancers: Yuko Kawamoto, Makiko Takamatsu, Katarzyna Pastuszak, Gouki Watabe
Music: Chie Nakajima
Stage design: Kazuyuki Takahashi
Lighting design: Nobuo Tanaka, Megumi
Costumes: Daisuke Tsukuda
Stage manager: Kazunori Kishimoto
Production: Shinonome Butoh, Naoyuki Aikawa
Financial support: Arts and Culture Promotion Fund Tokyo
Collaboration: Hijikata Archive
Duration: 50 minutes
Katarzyna Pastuszak and Joanna Duda?s visit to Japan is supported by the City of Gdańsk as part of the ?Mobility Fund?Cultural Scholarship.