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12 June 19:30 [UTC +9] ~15 August

Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Kim Itoh + Tokyo Reiwa Underground Dancers
Paradise Underground

伊藤キム

撮影:木村雅章

伊藤キム

撮影:木村雅章

伊藤キム

撮影:木村雅章

Performers:

AYUMI,

Makiko Izu,

Sho Ito,

Minasu Kai,

KEKE,

Ken Shinohara,

Shew Suzuki,

JUNKO,

Wakana Nemoto,

MAHA,

Seina Yoshida,

Kim Itoh /

Music performance:

Kazutoki Umezu

Popular contemporary dancer Kim Itoh holds a secret party in this dream-like performance. An explosively energetic 49 minutes, this piece is full of highlights with humorous, showy, underground imagery that is typically Itoh.

Artist’s Statement

In underground Tokyo, mysterious bodies, voices and sounds gather, giving a beautiful appearance to the soft, raw writhing of clumps of flesh in an extraordinary ritual, which finally becomes an ephemeral afterimage ascending to the heavens. An absurd performance of 11 frenzied dancers, co-starring Kim Itoh and Kazutoki Umezu.

Kim Itoh

Takao Kawaguchi Selection: Un Certain Regard

Butoh, which began in Japan in the 1960s, has influenced many artists across borders and genres. For this series, performer Takao Kawaguchi—known for his bold foray into the world of Butoh with About Kazuo Ohno—has commissioned artists who have been inspired by the experimental spirit of this dance form. A program of rich performances that transcend the boundaries of dance/theatre/music/film and art, this series aims to explore what “Butoh” is and what it may become.
This program is filmed at the Former Hakubutsukan Dobutsuen Station, a historic underground station built in the 1930s by Keisei Electric Railway that was designated an “architectural structure of historic value” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
In cooperation with Keisei Electric Railway




Trailer

Artist

Kim Itoh

Director of the physical theatre company GERO. Studied under Butoh dancer Anzu Furukawa. Formed a dance company "Kim Itoh + The Glorious Future" in 1995. He has received numerous awards, including the 1996 Bagnolet International Choreography award and the 1st Shuji Terayama award at the Asahi Performing Arts Awards in 2002. In 2005 he went backpacking on a 6 month trip around the world. In 2015, he began his new company GERO. In 2018 he presented his first solo piece in 16 years, Yameru Maihime. He also holds workshops for children and the general public. Kanack Hall resident artist.




Credit

Performance/Composition/Choreography/Direction


Kim Itoh



Assistant Directors


Mikiko Izu, MAHA


Performers


AYUMI, Sho Ito, Minasu Kai, KEKE, Ken Shinohara, Shew Suzuki, JUNKO, Wakana Nemoto, MAHA, Seina Yoshida, Kim Itoh



Music Performance


Kazutoki Umezu (AS, Cl, Bcl)


In cooperation with


u-shi (Yoko Tada)

Film Production


NPO LAND FES



Stage Management


Takashi Kawachi


Lighting Design


Noriyuki Mori (balance,inc.DESIGN)


Sound


Noriaki Coda


Photography


Tatsuhiko Nakagawa, Tzvasa Wada



In cooperation with


balance,inc.DESIGN

A BUTOH Sunakku—Aftershow talk will be streamed live
directly after the performance on the first day.

Kim Itoh x Dai Matsuoka x others