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Available until 15 August

BUTOH Sunakku—World Edition

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


Photo by Tatsuhiko Nakagawa


Photo by Tatsuhiko Nakagawa


Photo by Tatsuhiko Nakagawa

A live discussion in English about Eiko Otake’s performance A Body with Fukushima that was aired last week (and is still available on the On Demand page). This is the first episode of the “BUTOH Sunnaku—World Edition” series, where we will be discussing Butoh and the TRU performances from the viewer’s perspectives in a casual atmosphere, bringing the values of Tokyo Real Underground to an international audience.

Airing at 9:00 Japan time (20:00 on 30 April EST) in order to make it easier for our American viewers to take part live, we will be hearing from Japan-based native English speakers Mai Honda, the English translator for the TOKYO REAL UNDERGROUND festival, Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, the Director of Japanese Culture Promotion and Management, and Greg Dvorak, Professor of International Cultural Studies at Waseda University.

The chat will be open during this event, so come and get involved in the discussion!

Live talks from our “BUTOH Sunakku” in Ueno/Ikenohata.

Talk Guests

Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato

Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato received his Ph.D. in composition in 1998 from New York University with primary studies in Italian contemporary music. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Bunka-chō Japanese Government Artists Fellowship to pursue formal study of Japanese traditional musical instruments at Seiha Hōgaku-kai receiving his teaching license and professional name Gashō in 2003. He is founder and currently director of the Japanese Culture Program at Yokohama International School. Before this, Dr. Amato founded the YIS Japanese music program in 2003 and served as its director until 2011. Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music and culture on the international level, in 2017 Dr. Amato founded and currently serves as director of Japanese Culture Promotion and Management (JCPM), an NPO dedicated to supporting Japanese traditional arts and culture.

Greg Dvorak

Dr. Greg Dvorak is Professor of International Cultural Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo. His research and teaching focus is on Japanese and American postcolonial histories in Oceania, with an emphasis on transoceanic intersections of art, gender, and militarism in popular culture. He completed his MA at the University of Hawai'i (2002) and his PhD at the Australian National University (2008), with a concentration in Pacific Islands History. Founder of the grassroots art/academic network Project Sango, he serves as a co-curator for art from Northern Oceania in the upcoming 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Art, and has helped to advise other exhibitions. Among other publications, he is the author of the book Coral and Concrete: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll between Japan, America, and the Marshall Islands (University of Hawaii Press, 2018, paperback 2020).

Mai Honda

Full name: Natasha Mai Honda Burns. English translator for the TOKYO REAL UNDERGROUND festival. Born in London to British and Japanese parents. After studying ballet for 8 years she became mostly involved in theatre, and worked as an actor, producer and silhouette artist while living in England. She encountered Butoh while studying for her masters degree in International Performance Research at the University of Warwick and University of Arts in Belgrade, and moved to Japan in 2016 to study with Yoshito Ohno. She currently works for Dance Archive Network, and continues her Butoh practice with Mitsuyo Uesugi.

25 April 19:30 [UTC +9]~15 August
Eiko OtakeA Body with Fukushima