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Butoh Marathon: Curated by CAVE and Presented by Japan Society October 27 (Saturday) from 2:00 – 10:00pm

To buy tickets for this Butoh Marathon contact the Society at www.japansociety.org; or their Box Office: (212) 752-3015 (Mon. - Fri. 10:00am - 4:45pm)

$15/ $12 Japan Society Members/ CAVE discount holders. Yohito Ohno Tickets: $35/ $30 Japan Society Members. Includes admission to Marathon and Birthday Party. Birthday Party: Free with ticket to any Butoh Parade Main Event.

As the culminating event of Kazuo Ohno 101 – a three week celebration of the 101st birthday of the legendary co-founder of the butoh movement – Japan Society presents a Butoh Marathon featuring U.S.-based artists whose artistic visions have been influenced by butoh. Headlining the evening is a haunting solo work, Emptiness (Kuu), by Yoshito Ohno, son of Kazuo Ohno. The evening culminates with a Birthday Party featuring improvised butoh performance and live music.

  • 4:30 - 6:30 pm: MARATHON PROGRAM – Jeff Janisheski & Yanira Castro, Moeno Wakamatsu, Haruko Nishimura, Koichi and Hiroko Tamano, Juan Merchan, Shinichi Iova Koga, and Ximena Garnica
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: YOSHITO OHNO – in his first NY show in 11 years!
  • 8:30 - 10:30 pm: BIRTHDAY PARTY for Kazuo Ohno with special guest performances by Yuko Kaseki, Daiji Meguro, Takuya Ishide with musician Tatsuya Nakatani

Marathon program of American Butoh Artists

YANIRA CASTRO (New York/Puerto Rico) is the director of Yanira Castro + Company. Although not a butoh dancer per se, her expressionistic and emotionally charged pieces share aspects of its aesthetic. The Village Voice described her off-kilter performers as “radiant mythic beasts, glamorous and terrifying…”

JEFF JANISHESKI has trained in butoh since 1989 – including three years with Kazuo Ohno – and Japanese noh theatre since 1992; he is also the co-founder of the New York Butoh Festival.

Charles Houghton

XIMENA GARNICA (New York/Colombia) has been the co-director of CAVE since 2003, and is the co-director/founder and curator of the New York Butoh Festival. In 2005, Garnica won the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship for young Hispanic directors in New York, putting her name at the vanguard of emerging directors there. Upon moving to New York City in 1998, she began self-training in butoh and physical theater. She continued her studies in butoh with prominent artists such as Akira Kasai, Ko Murobushi, Yukio Waguri and Yuko Kaseki, among many others.

Shige Moriya

SHINICHI IOVA KOGA, an actor and dancer, has performed internationally since 1988. Artistic Director of the butoh group inkBoat in San Francisco, his theatrical, multi-media pieces are heavily influenced by his training in film, butoh, Action Theater and Suzuki method.

Jonas Hidalgo

JUAN MERCHAN is an actor and dancer, performing in NYC for over 15 years. He has trained in Butoh with many masters and developed highly stylized original works. Merchan is also a Co-Founder and Co-Curator of the New York Butoh Festival.

Seiji Nakane

HARUKO NISHIMURA (San Francisco) Since co-founding Degenerate Art Ensemble (formerly The Young Composers Collective) in 1993, Nishimura has produced a consistent stream of original and adventurous works combining physical theater and butoh dance with live experimental music. Now she is the experimental vocalist for Degenerate Art Ensemble’s big band garage orchestra, with whom she has performed numerous Seattle shows and four European Tours over the past four years.

Steven Miller

KOICHI & HIROKO TAMANO are the directors of Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance Theatre, which they started in 1972. Former students of butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata, the Tamanos’ devotion to the mastery of dance is expressed through works that are at once beautiful, graceful, shocking and grotesque. Since 1979, Harupin-Ha has been based in San Francisco, and the Tamanos have been largely responsible for the spread of butoh throughout North America.

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MOENO WAKAMATSU is a Japanese-American dancer deeply trained in Cunningham technique, ballet and butoh. An emerging butoh choreographer of incredible subtlety and strength, her goal is “to suspend within the moment where inner desire meets outer phenomena.”

Richard Green

Yoshito Ohno (Solo work)

  • $35 ($30 for JS members) including Party admission


Improvisation Performance

  • Free with ticket to any Butoh Parade Event

Renowned experimental musician, Tatsuya Nakatani, will perform while special guests (Kaseki, Meguro and Ishide) celebrate the legacy of Kazuo Ohno through an improvisational dance in Japan Society lobby.

Courtesy of Artist