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Film & Performance “Undercurrents”

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Undercurrent means a flow/current that does not appear on the surface.

Sixty years after its birth, the spirit of butoh has continued into the present although its outward form has changed, in a similar way to the invisible Edo city flowing under Tokyo (whose present-day city planning is based on the waterways of the Edo era).In this event, we look at three sets of artists who continue to reflect upon the physical body in their respective ways while being inspired by butoh: Teita Iwabuchi, Kakuya Ohashi and Dancers and Ikuyo Kuroda. Based on the different concepts of each of the three artists, this project comprises a dance performance/ film of dance centering on the changing landscape of Tokyo’s history, with a nod to the garden design principle of shakkei (‘borrowed scenery’).The three roughly 20-minute long films will be streamed on the Tokyo Festival website. The creative team for all three “Undercurrents” films includes Hibiki Miyazawa (Alloposidae)as video director and Saori Azuma as researcher. The team’s previous involvement in site-specific work not limited to theater performances ensures an approach that will connect the “site” of Tokyo with the “body” of the dancers.

Direction: Kaku Nagashima, Chika Kawai (Director, Festival/Tokyo)
Video direction: Hibiki Miyazawa (Alloposidae)
Research: Saori Azuma

Kakuya Ohashi and Dancers “Tune To A Dead Channel: Departure / Arrival”

Tune To A Dead Channel
Break through the hustle and bustle of the city and tune in to the available channel.

The intersection of people and things across Western Tokyo
The thread connecting cyberbrains
Bodies of soft iron that can become anything.

Kakuya Ohashi and Dancers, which last year in 2019 marked its 20th anniversary, is coming to the town of Hachioji, a manufacturing center that had a flourishing textile industry in ancient times and has had a flourishing steel industry in modern times. Taking inspiration from the sci-fi novel “Neuromancer,” said to have launched the cyberpunk genre, this “industrial landscape” work comprises two parts: “Departure” (free of charge) in which people view performances around town, map in hand; and “Arrival” (admission fee applicable)in which attendees observe a feast of machines and people in a working metal processing plant.

Kakuya Ohashi
Kakuya Ohashi, Yu Goto, Kenji Hirato, Yaeko Yokoyama, Yuka Takahashi, Hanako Atake, Nozomi Matsuo, Satomi Okuma, Rino Komoda, Haruka Tabana, Haruna Ueno, Ako Imai, Kotomi Imai, Kanako Sakai

Art/Music: Tomohito Wakui
Costumes: Ru (ROCCA WORKS)
Lighting: Kiyotoshi Endo (Light Ship)
Sound: Norimasa Ushikawa
Stage Direction: Keiko Haraguchi (Moribuden)
Graphic Design: Shun Ishizuka

Streaming schedule for Arrival
Monday, January 11 2021, 16:00
Shooting location: Morisaki Industry Daini Plant (Kitahachioji), around Hachioji Station, and other locations
Admission: Free *Reservation required.
Reservation period: Tuesday, December 22 2020 – Monday, January 11 2021, 17:00
Streaming period: Until Wednesday, January 13 2021, 17:30
How to reserve: Please fill out the reservation form below.

*After reservation accepted, you will receive a streaming link.
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential, and used only to send you information from the organizer about this event.

With the cooperation of: Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Hachioji City, Hachioji College Community & Culture Fureai Foundation, Caffs Co., Ltd., SAISON Foundation, others.

Film screening and web streaming

Teita Iwabuchi/Kakuya Ohashi and Dancers / Ikuyo Kuroda

*Details of screening and streaming schedules will be announced at a later date.


Fantastic Site – Special Performances at Tokyo Festival 2020
“Undercurrents” administration office c/o NPO Arts Network Japan
TEL:03-5961-5200 (Weekdays, 10:00 – 17:00)


Around Hachioji Station, Morisaki Industry Daini Plant and other locations in Tokyo
Morisaki Industry Daini Plant (Kitahachioji), around Hachioji Station, and other locations *Online streaming


Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Co-organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Tokyo Festival Executive Committee [Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture(Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]
Produced by
NPO Arts Network Japan