This workshop will allow you to share in the creative process of Takao Kawaguchi's performance About Kazuo Ohno.

We will try to imitate the butoh master's performances from video clips by closely observing the minuscule spaces that fold and unfold in time. Through the observation of Ohno's body movements - subtle, intentional and unintentional - shrugs of his shoulders, tilts of his head, flips of his hand as well as tiny shifts in his weight, we will attempt to transplant them onto our own bodies. From the postures and shapes of an 80-year old body into our own … if we can.

Participants are asked to bring their own video streaming devices (smart phone, tablet, PC, etc) as well as pen/pencil and paper for sketching the images from the video as a process of observation and copying.


Date: Thursday, 23 February 10am-1pm
Cost: $40 F | $25 DH member
Where: Dancehouse



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Takao Kawaguchi was a member of the Japanese multimedia performance company Dumb Type from 1996 to 2008, during which time he worked independently with sound and visual artists to produce video works such as: DiQueNoVes (Say You Don't See) in 2003, D.D.D.- How Many Times Will My Heart Beat Before It Stops? (2004), Good Luck (2008) and TABLEMIND (2011). 
Since 2008 Kawaguchi has been working on his solo, site-specific performance series called a perfect life until today. The most recent one, From Okinawa to Tokyo, was presented in February 2013 at the Ebisu Moving Image Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Photography Museum.

In recent years he has created Butoh-related works such as: The Ailing Dance Mistress – based on the texts of Tatsumi Hijikata (2012), and About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva"s Masterpieces (2013 and 2016). Kawaguchi has also participated in a number of collaboration projects including: True (2007) and Node – The Old Man of the Desert (2013) with Takayuki Fujimoto (Dumb Type) and Tsuyoshi Shirai; and Tri-K (2010) with Dick Wong (Hong Kong) and Koichi Imaizumi.

Kawaguchi was the director of the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival from 1996 to 1999; translated British experimental filmmaker Derek Jarman"s book Chroma into Japanese (2003); and starred in Edmund Yeo's short film Kingyo which was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2009.


Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Photo credit: Takuya Matsumi