Born in Japan after World War II, Butoh is now taking the world by storm.
This form of dance theater shows every sign of enjoying tremendous popularity with audiences overseas.
Yuko Kawamoto studied Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata’s techniques with Yukio Waguri, who had been a personal pupil of Hijikata himself. In recent years, she has actively promoted the spread of Butoh through activities in Europe and Asia, developing a global outlook and a profound shared awareness of issues faced in the countries of those regions.
Inspired by the topic of the past, present, and future of the atomic bomb, this work was created as a piece that would both raise global awareness and evoke empathy through the innovative spirit of Butoh. It was premiered in Tokyo with a view to a future overseas tour. Now, at last, it will be performed to audiences overseas.
Shinonomebutoh was formed in 2000 by Yukio Waguri and a number of female dancers, led by Yuko Kawamoto from his company Kozensha.
Active both within Japan and overseas, this unit maintains a firm belief in constant progress and taking advantage of opportunities for transformation, like the ever-changing colors of the sky at dawn.
CLUB ZAK, Gdansk, Poland
Teatr 8 Dnia, Poznan, Poland
Espace Culturel Bertin Poirée, Paris, France