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

Takao KawaguchiAbout Kazuo Ohno

Photo by Takuya Matsumi

Photo by naoto iina

Photo by Takuya Matsumi

After touring 38 cities worldwide since it first premiered in 2013 and being nominated for a Bessie award, Takao Kawaguchi’s About Kazuo Ohno (AKO) returns to Tokyo eight years later. This version of AKO, which is both a faithful reproduction and a bold reinterpretation of the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno created by “totally copying” his movements, has been directed specially for film.


Takao Kawaguchi

Joined the performance group Dumb Type in 1996. Began a solo career in 2000, exploring the boundaries of performance across theatre, dance, video and art. In 2008 he began a solo performance series called a perfect life, which was presented at the 5th Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions in 2013. In recent years, he has been working on performances that are related to Butoh, including The Sick Dancer (with Tomomi Tanabe, 2012) and About Kazuo Ohno (2013). The latter was nominated for an NYC Bessie Award, and was shown at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2018.

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

Takao Kawaguchi x others