We are happy to invite you to Contemporary Butoh Meetings again, and this second meeting we host a special guest - one of the best Butoh dancers in Japan -
Her dance is called by both the spectators and critics the female incorporation of Kazuo Ohno's style... Being one of the closest students of Ohno and also working with him very closely as an assistant for 12 years, Mitsuyo Uesigi transmits the essence of Butoh of Ohno's lineage.
At the meeting she will speak about her artist's path, Butoh, Kazuo Ohno.. There will be also some rare videos shown.
"The more I get older the more I realize how much mysterious is Kazuo Ohno and his world, his Universe. It is not really something to talk about in words. But more something I search... we have to search and find.
He didn't imagine that his dance could be accepted and so acclaimed by the world and when it started to happen and he became famous - that was when I met him, so I was very glad to be there in that moment and to share his joy. He was really happy that the people loved his dance, and this joy is something still living in me, and I carry it in my dance.
For Ohno, to dance was not just dance by the body. But dancing with other " tasha" - other beings, not just himself, but also people that are gone, dead, and not only people but also animals, plants, etc...
In my dance I meet him, I meet the whole Universe."
You can see the performance of Mitsuyo Uesugi, premiere in Berlin, on the 8th and 9th of October in Ackerstadt Palast:
The Butoh workshop led by Mitsuyo Uesugi takes place on the 15th and 16th of October in Tatwerk studio:
Mitsuyo Uesugi (b. 1950, Japan).
Since childhood Uesugi studied classical ballet, later she moved to Tokyo to dance in the Tani Momoko ballet company. In 1973 she met Kazuo Ohno and worked as his assistant till 1985. Her solo Butoh career started in 1975.
At the end of 80s Uesugi was a member of the contemporary dance company “Studio DM” in France and returned to Japan in 1990.
Over the last decade she created several secret Butoh ritual pieces “Madame Melancholia”/“Mademoiselle Melancholia”/“Baby Melancholia-Dream of six nights”, which were awarded by the Japanese Dance Critics Society in 2009.
In 2015 she presented her solo “A Story Of Lady” in Munster/Germany and Zagreb/Croatia in the frames of Kazuo Ohno Festival.
Currently Mitsuyo Uesugi works as a lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University/ Department of Art Studies and teaches her own method of Butoh improvisation.
Mitsuyo Uesugi: Meeting with Kazuo Ohno.
Contemporary Butoh Meetings Vol. 2
WHEN: 14 October, 19:30.
WHERE: Mediathek Mime Centrum.
Mariannenplatz 2 /Kunstquartier Bethanien/, 10997 Berlin
Ground floor, take the corridor to the left.
ENTRANCE: 3-5 euro sliding scale.
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