First performed in April 2001 at Theatre Tram in Tokyo and going on to be staged repeatedly in cities worldwide, Akira Kasai’s representative work “Pollen Revolution” is getting a trial rerun by his son Mitsutake Kasai. “Pollen Revolution” is now a work of great maturity due to Akira Kasai having a hand in the direction and choreography of every staging.
By handing down a rounded work to the next-generation interpreter-performer and artist in this way, the aim is to create succession in Japanese performing arts and also aid their development. The repertory of works in the Japanese contemporary dance world remains small, and the hope is that this staging will become a model.
After meeting Kazuo Ohno in 1963 and Tatsumi Hijikata the following year, Akira Kasai began his career as a butoh dancer. He performed many solo dances, mainly in Japan, and in 1971 set up his own studio Tenshikan, which went on to produce many butoh dancers like Setsuko Yamada and Kota Yamazaki. In 1979 he went to Germany to study at the Eurythmy School in Stuttgart, and after returning to Japan gave various Eurythmy dance performances. He returned to butoh dance in 1994 with “Saraphita”. Aside from his solo performances, he has choreographed for exemplary figures of Japanese contemporary dance such as butoh dancers Kuniko Kisanuki, Kim Ito, Naoko Shirakawa and Ikuyo Kuroda, as well as globally-renowned ballet dancer Farukh Ruzimatov. He is active in performances overseas in places like North and South America, Europe, and South Korea. Kasai pursues his own unique creative endeavors as both a butoh dancer and a choreographer without being constricted by a particular genre like butoh, modern dance, contemporary dance or Eurythmy.
3-27-9, Nishimoto-cho Kokubunji-city Tokyo 185-0023
Theatre Tram（Setagaya City, Tokyo）