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Shinonome Butoh “Quiet House”

  • Organization : Shinonome Butoh
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Dance


The troupe explored the meaning of “Quiet House” and “Home Town” in a Butoh piece performed in Laos, a country still suffering from the legacy of landmines, Thailand, where military rule persists, and Japan, a country seen as being unconnected to war. The tour provided the opportunity to share with audiences the tragic events actually happening around the world.

A room littered with rubble. Somebody buried in rubble who doesn’t make the slightest movement.
They regain their body as time rewinds.
People who treat life like a pebble. Struggle, give up. History repeats itself.
The story develops, going back and forth in time. I perform a ritual to mourn my body.

Artists/staff members
Yuko Kawamoto (direction/choreography/performance), Teerawat Ka-ge Mulvilai (choreography/performance/Thai), AJ phothisane (performance/Laotian)
Kamolpat Pimsarn (music)


Shinonome Butoh
Formed in 2000.
Its works searching for avant-garde expression that evolves with the times have received high acclaim overseas. Leader Yuko Kawamoto, who studied under Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata, has her own way of exploring the Hijikata style she inherited as a third generation disciple, working on projects to create and promote Butoh under the motto “exploring the possibilities and diversity of Butoh.” Kawamoto’s enlightened and high-level acting abilities have also led her to expand her field of activities outside of Butoh.


Maki Tojo
Shinonome Butoh
5-1-5-601, Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo


Institut Francais (Vientiane / Laos)
Bangkok Art and Culture Center (Bangkok / Thailand)
Tokyo Ryogoku Theater X (Sumida-ku, Tokyo)