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Recording: 2017-08-16 , Tanz im August / HAU3 Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Takao Kawaguchi

About Kazuo Ohno: Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces

Tanz im August | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Production Details / Press Releases

How can something as fleeting as dance be archived and passed on? How can it be saved from oblivion? And how is it changed in this process of being passed on? Takao Kawaguchi – a fear- less performance artist, a shape-shifter of the body and the mind – literally copies the dances of an icon, focusing on video recordings of renowned butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, who helped to revolutionise dance and founded butoh in the wake of the Second World War. What emerges is a tense, exciting dialogue of two artists between presence and absence, contemporary trash and traditional wisdom.

A former member of the Japanese multimedia performance company Dumb Type from 1996 to 2008, Takao Kawaguchi has since been exploring the fertile field of live arts in the intersection of theater, dance, and visual arts, mainly through solo works and collaborating with other artists of various disciplines. In recent years he has created a few butoh-related works such as “The Sick Dance” (2012), based on the texts of Tatsumi Hijikata, and “About Kazuo Ohno” (2013) which has been nominated as a finalist for New York’s Bessie Award (Outstanding Revived Work) 2016/17. Also, Kawaguchi’s most recent and on-going project since 2015, “Touch of the Other”, which is based on and inspired by the American sociologist Laud Humphrey’s research on homosexual encounters in public toilets in the 60ies in the US, grasps the ethnography of queer sex in the past as well as in the present.

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Cast & Credits

Choreography: Kazuo Ohno, Tatsumi Hijikata
With: Takao Kawaguchi
Appearance in Video: Yoshito Ohno
Dramaturgy, Visuals & Sound Design: Naoto Iina
Costume Design: Noriko Kita
Lighting Design & Production Management: Toshio Mizohata

Archive materials courtesy of Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio and Dance Archive Network.
With the support of Japan Foundation.

Tanz im August 2017
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Isa Köhler
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Marie Schmieder
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistant Producer: Alina Sophie Lauer
Technical Director: Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Tempelhofer Ufer 10
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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