Contemporary Dance: “About Kazuo Ohno” by Takao Kawaguchi
An ode to an avant-garde Japanese dance legend, performed with the entire body and soul.
“About Kazuo Ohno” was derived from referencing dance archives and continues to leave its unique footprints in the dance scene as it garners attention from around the world. Kawaguchi analyzed video footage of Kazuo Ohno’s “Admiring La Argentina” (1977), “My Mother” (1981) and “The Dead Sea” (1985) and copied them perfectly, including the detailed movements of the dancers, to someone in the audience clearing their throat, and even the operation glitches with the video recording. On the other hand, with “The Portrait of Mr. O” (1969), an avant-garde film by Ohno, Kawaguchi boldly adds his own interpretation to create a whole new stage performance. His powerful style raises the questions “What does original mean?” and “What is choreography?”, and has enthralled audiences throughout the world regardless of their familiarity with Kazuo Ohno.
The 2016 performance in New York was nominated as a finalist for the Bessie Award.
October 2 – 5, 2018
・Venue： Théâtre de la Ville – Espace Cardin
The Japan Foundation, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris
Festival d’Automne à Paris
Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno
・Appearance in video by: