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Recording: 2023-05-28 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Yuko Kaseki, Megumi Eda



Production Details / Press Releases

Two dancers from ballet and Butoh meet; starting from their polarity and through their shared female experience, DIVINE is created.

Butoh dancer Yuko Kaseki and ballet-based Megumi Eda present their first collaborative dance work, DIVINE, inspired by tragic tales of two wronged and resilient women: ballet’s “Giselle” and the classic Kabuki ghost story “Oiwa.”

These two dancers, with their radically different approaches to movement, assume characters plagued with discomfort and instability in unfamiliar, distorted bodies. As these two figures from different worlds meet, they cross paths in sympathy with each other but are filled with confusion and feel the dissonance of their different realities. Their suffering and persistence echo the paths of Giselle and Oiwa and countless other women whose divine spirits have endured objectification, coercion, and violence in images and lives not of their own choosing or making.

Yuko Kaseki is a Director, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performer, and teacher in Berlin. She has performed and taught in over 30 countries. Those creations are the accumulation of poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, performance, and live art. Her performance aims to reflect the outsider’s existence. She has been searching for a way to penetrate the space between physical and spiritual expression. Collaboration with mixed-ability artists overturns the concept of her dance and has a great influence on subsequent activities. Her strong interest in breaking borders of physical expression.

Megumi Eda is a dancer and filmmaker. Her career started with the Hamburg Ballet when
she was 17, and over the next 15 years she went on to join the Dutch National Ballet and the
Rambert Dance Company where she worked with many choreographers. In 2004, she moved
to New York as a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance. She has also collaborated with
Yoshiko Chuma as a Performer/Filmmaker. Her current focus is on combining dance with film and video to create live online performance art. She moved to Berlin in 2019. “Please Cry,” co-produced by DOCK 11/ DOCKART, presented in Fall 2022, was her first solo performance in Berlin using this hybrid approach.


TFB Nr. 1768

Cast & Credits

Concept, Direction, Dance: Yuko Kaseki & Megumi Eda
Music composition: Reiko Yamada
Technical direction, lights: Daniel Miranda
Assistant, Opening Act: Shiroi Namikaze (Kaori Kohyama & Yuria Muraoka)
Supported by a commission from CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing), and special thanks to Theaterhaus Mitte and DOCKART.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



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)

Yuko Kaseki / Trailers and Video Documentations

Megumi Eda / Trailers and Video Documentations

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