Yoshito Ohno, outstanding artist and heir of the philosophy and methodology of butoh dance founders, will visit Poland in November as part of the project Japońscy mistrzowie butoh ? prezentacje[Japanese butoh masters ? presentations]. Yoshito Ohno will perform in Warsaw, Cracow and Poznań, presenting his solo piece Flower and Bird. Butoh ? Way of Life (Warsaw: 5 November, Cracow: 12 November, Poznań: 14 November). Accompanying events include an exhibition of photographs, and workshops with Yoshito Ohno (Warsaw: 7-8 November, Cracow: 10 November), as well as the meeting with the artist (8 November, 6:00 pm, Museum of Asia and the Pacific in Warsaw). The project is organized under the honorary patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Poland.
The project will begin on Wednesday, 4 November (8:30 pm) at the Studio Gallery with the opening of the exhibition Butoh at its source, which features artistic photographs, including archival pictures taken by exquisite Japanese photographers such as Eikoh Hosoe, Nobuyoshi Araki and Naoya Ikegami, as well as excerpts from statements by butoh masters and videos of performances. The exhibition will close on 25 November.
The following night (5 November, 6:30 pm), the Studio Theatre will host Yoshito Ohno in a solo piece Flower and Bird. Butoh ? way of life choreographed by Tatsumi Hijikata. The piece is comprised of several scenes-images accompanied by atmospheric music; it also features the presentation of a 1960 video by Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe. The audience will not only witness the effect of many years? organic work and seek influence of butoh artists, but also undergo a profound emotional experience thanks to Yoshito Ohno?s specific aesthetic and uniquely expressive motion.
Organised under the honorary patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Poland.
The cycle Japońscy mistrzowie butoh ? prezentacje [Japanese butoh masters ? presentations] is a unique opportunity for those looking for intriguing phenomena in culture and art. In this case, the one in question is butoh, a counter-cultural dance form founded in the 1950s in the post-war Japan, at a time when traditional values crumbled and social problems exacerbated. This new type of stage movement, unclassified until today, was born as a result of a resistance to the traditional theatre and dance forms and the newly imported Western trends. Established by Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-1985) and Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010!), two divergent personalities who used inspiring or provocative methods to inspire their students to reach complete unity of their bodies, minds, and souls, butoh?s specific aesthetic, combined with the lack of linear narration and its minimalist yet strongly expressive form makes it a unique experience. When the then 74-year-old Kazuo Ohno went on a worldwide tour in 1980, performing at the festivals in Nancy, London, Paris, and Strasbourg, he introduced the Western world to the new genre which won over the audiences and inspired such artists as Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor or Pina Bausch. The particular character of butoh works to its advantage, as the genre has aged very well, avoiding petrification within its own confines and transcending any boundaries thanks to the inventive powers of its masters. Yoshito Ohno, son of Kazuo Ohno, has inspired several generations of artists. He has just concluded his tour of Brazil, where he performed solo with Anthony and the Johnsons.
November ? calendar of events
– 4 November, 8:30 Studio Gallery ? opening of the exhibition Butoh u źródeł [Butoh at its source]. The exhibition will be on display till 25 November.
– 5 November, 6:30 pm, Studio Theatre, Yoshito Ohno?s four-sequence performance Flower and Bird. Butoh ? the Way of Life, choreographed by master Hijikata.
– 7 – 8 November, 10 am, Studio Gallery, butoh workshops with Yoshito Ohno.
The workshops are an open event intended for everyone interested in this method of working with the body: actors, performers, dancers, as well as those with no prior dancing experience. Participants will seek inspiration within themselves and their external surroundings. Everyone will work individually, at their own pace and supervised by the master, to learn more about the body-mind-space relationship and the way to dance butoh ? their micro- and macrocosm.
Detailed information about the workshops and applications at www.fundacjapompka.org.pl and taniecpolska.pl (soon).
– 8 November, 6 pm, meeting with Yoshito Ohno, Museum of Asia and the Pacific ? continuation of last year?s discussion Butoh ? way of life. (Is it indeed) a Japanese dance?
Cracow ? Museum of Japanese Art and Technology Manggha
– 10 November ? 5 pm butoh workshops with Yoshito Ohno
– 12 November, 7 pm ? Flower and bird. Butoh ? way of life
Poznań ? Studio Słodownia + 3, Old Brewery/Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk
– 14 November, 7 pm ? Flower and Bird. Butoh ? way of life
Butoh has been at the heart of our foundation?s activity for years. Last year, thanks to the generous support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance, we published a book ?Świat butoh Kazuo Ohno? [Kazuo Ohno?s world of butoh], and our present project ?Japońscy mistrzowie butoh? [The Japanese masters of butoh] includes visits from source artists, i.e. those worked with the founders of the genre. In July, we held workshops with Yukio Waguri, Tatsumi Hijikata?s lead actor; at present, we are hosting 77-year-old Yoshito Ohno, the heir of their philosophy. Yoshito Ohno returns to Poland after 21 years, 5 years since the death of his father, with whom he appeared in ?Nenufary? [Water Lilies] at the 1st edition of the International Meeting of Live Arts ?Crossroads?, says Anita Zdrojewska, president of the Pompka Foundation and organizer of the events.
Organiser: Pompka Foundation
Partners: Japan Foundation, Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, Fundacja im. Takashimy, Galeria Studio, Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha, Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku, Teatr Studio,
Media patrons: Japonia-online, Torii, taniecPOLSKA.pl
More information at: www.fundacjapompka.org.pl and on the websites of event partners
Contact: Agnieszka Sałkowska email@example.com, 22 849 17 71, 849 35 18