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“About Kazuo Ohno- Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces”: Takao Kawaguchi
Saturday, September 24, 7pm
Second Ward Foundation, 71 North Third Street
Tickets $25 ($22 Members) Buy tickets here
"It suddenly popped into my head, I want to become Kazuo Ohno." - Takao Kawaguchi
In this stunning work of artistic homage, Takao Kawaguchi re-creates the iconic work of Kazuo Ohno, the founding father of butoh, a form of contemporary dance characterized by extreme images created in response to the horrors of the second world war. As Kawaguchi performs on stage, Ohno merges, surfaces, and recedes with each scene, resulting in a powerful duet between Kawaguchi and an illusory image of Kazuo Ohno. The result is a completely new work of art, where the copy becomes the original. Kawaguchi’s powerful evening-length performance celebrates the 110th anniversary of Ohno’s birth—he passed away in 2010 at the age of 103.
Takao Kawaguchi will give a free public talk on the work of Kazuo Ohno on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7pm at the Inn at Hudson (317 Allen St, Hudson, NY 12534). The event will be followed by a reception with the artist. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested.
If you wish to learn more about this performance, please visit Kawaguchi's website where you can find his illuminating artist's statement and a wealth of other information.