An experimental arts festival held in the underground spaces of Tokyo

Explore the drastic changes in the histories of the city and the performing arts in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games through a variety of works inspired by Butoh, an art form which originated in post-war Japan, and presented in underground spaces.
Discover the unknown spaces of Tokyo 2021, in real life and online.

TOKYO REAL UNDERGROUND (TRU) is part of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special 13.

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Schedule

PERFORMANCES (available until 15 August)
TALKS
24 April 19:30 [UTC +9]
Eiko Otake Project—A Body in Places

Eiko OtakeA Body in Tokyo + A Body in Fukushima

Interview (~15 Aug)
Guests: Eiko Otake, Takao Kawaguchi
25 April 19:30 [UTC +9]
Eiko Otake Project—A Body in Places

Eiko OtakeA Body with Fukushima

Interview (~15 Aug)
Guests: Eiko Otake, Toshio Mizohata, Dai Matsuoka
1 May 9:00 JST [UTC +9] 20:00 EST [UTC -5]
BUTOH Sunakku—World Edition (~18:00 next day)

English Talk: About Eiko Otake’s A Body with Fukushima

Guests: Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, Greg Dovorak and Mai Honda
2 May 19:30 [UTC +9]
BUTOH Sunakku—TRU Exhibition (~18:00 next day)

Online Timeline: Butoh Incidents

Guests: Takao Norikoshi, Yo Ishihara, Toshio Mizohata, Naoto Iina Performance: Tenko Ima
8 May 19:30 [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Yuki KobayashiIce Cream Torch / Ceremony

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guest: Yuki Kobayashi Host: Takao Kawaguchi
9 May 19:30 [UTC +9]
BUTOH Sunakku—TRU Exhibition (~18:00 next day)

William Klein Exhibition: GINZA 1961—Starring: The City + Walking AR Experience: Dance Happening—Today

Guests: Yuri Mitsuda, Toshio Mizohata, Naoto Iina, Performance: Bishop Yamada
15 May 19:30 [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Takao KawaguchiMinotaur Disco

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guests: Daisuke Yoshimoto, Akihiro Suzuki, Takao Kawaguchi
16 May 20:30 JST [UTC +9] 19:30 BJT [UTC +8]
BUTOH Sunakku—World Edition (~18:00 next day)

Chinese Talk: Takao Kawaguchi’s Minotaur Disco

Guests: Zhang Ying, and others
22 May 19:30 [UTC +9]

Naoto Iina + Takao Kawaguchi + Mikiko Kawamura + Dai MatsuokaTHREE

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guests: Naoto Iina, Takao Kawaguchi, Mikiko Kawamura, Dai Matsuoka
23 May 22:00 [UTC +9]
Symposium (~15 Aug)

Online Symposium: Butoh Diaspora

Guests: Tadashi Endo, Oguri, Yuko Kaseki, Atsushi Takenouchi, Toshi Tanaka, Yumi Umiumare, Dai Matsuoka
28 May 19:30 JST [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

River LinIs this Gutai?

29 May 13:30 MSK [UTC +3] // 19:30 JST [UTC +9]
BUTOH Sunakku—World Edition (~18:00 next day)

Russian Talk: About naoto iina + Takao Kawaguchi + Mikiko Kawamura + Dai Matsuoka's THREE

Guests: Yulia Skogoreva, Olga Gerasim, Rodion TR
5 June 19:30 [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Pechika SatohThe Butterfly Dream

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guest: Pechika Satoh Host: Takao Kawaguchi
12 June 19:30 [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Kim Itoh + Tokyo Reiwa Underground Dancers—Paradise Underground

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guests: Kim Itoh, Dai Matsuoka, and others
13 June 19:30 [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Yasunori IkunishiThe Standing Sticks: May Only I Live Long

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guests: Yasunori Ikunishi, Kiyoshi Hashimoto, Manabu Tomita, Dai Matsuoka
19 June 19:30 [UTC +9]
Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Tomomi TanabeOWAN

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guest: Tomomi Tanabe Host: Takao Kawaguchi
27 June 19:30 [UTC +9]

Tako KawaguchiAbout Kazuo Ohno

BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow (~18:00 next day)
Guests: Takao Kawaguchi, Vivienne Sato
3 July 19:30 [UTC +9]
BUTOH Sunakku—TRU Exhibition (~15 Aug)

Butoh: New Archive Exhibition

Guests: Ryudai Takano, Naoto Iina, Toshio Mizohata Performance: Saga Kobayashi

(~15 Aug) Available on demand from the day of release until 15 August.

(~18:00 next day) Available from the time of release until 18:00 JST [UTC +9] the next day.

Live talks from our “BUTOH Sunakku” in Ueno/Ikenohata. The “BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow” series will be streamed live directly after the performance ends.

*All times are approximate.

*Please note that this lineup and the times are subject to change.

Organisers:


Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

Planning and Production:


Dance Archive Network