Monday we launch the first annual ARTAUD FORUM here at Brunel University in London, with a series of performance/film/music events that are mixed into physical workshops, round tables and addresses on Artaud, theatre and contemporary japanese and western dance in overlapping art and cultural contexts... it promises to be an intimate and exciting event; we are saddened that it is overshadowed by the tsunami catastrophe in Japan.
I hope to welcome some of you at this event, and if you wish to partake in, and support, the transcultural research initiative, you can also join us online on dance tech TVlive (
our artaud website will very soon also present information about the participants, the discussions, workshops and artworks.
“Just Visiting this Planet” (tribute to Kazuo Ohno)
Tuesday April 5, 18:oo
Daiwa Foundation JAPAN House
13-14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP
Free, call for reservation
This film is also shown Monday night at Artaud Forum, 21:oo.
For free ticket reservation, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01895 267823 http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sa/artsub/drama/artaudforum1
Brunel University’s School of Arts, in cooperation with Goethe-Institut London and DAIWA Foundation Japan House, is proud to present the UK premiere of “Just Visiting this Planet,” Peter Sempel’s masterful poetic film tribute to the late Kazuo Ohno, one of the founders and masters of Japanese butoh dance.
The film was first released in 1991 and shown all over the world, including Int. Filmfestival Berlin, Filmfestival São Paulo, Anthology Film Archives New York, Fantasia Filmfestival Madrid, Cinematèque Tel Aviv, Festival Int. Nouveau Cinema Montréal, Hall Walls Buffalo, Rockefeller Music Hall Oslo, Festival Int. du Film d’Art Paris, Int. Filmfestival Helsinki, Museo Nacionale Brasilia, Festival Monumental Lisboa, Int. Tanzfilmtage Dresden, Ex+Pop Berlin, etc. Mr Sempel is based in Hamburg, Germany.
with Manabu Shimada (music)
Monday April 4, 20.30
Artaud Performance Centre
West London UK8 3PH
Call for reservation (01895 267823)
I’M HERE is a collaborative work by Katsura Isobe, dance artist, and Manabu Shimada, sound artist. Both of them have grown up in Japan and now live in London. Having been living in UK for many years, a flight for twelve hours may take their physical body back in Japan but their mind takes three days to catch up the body. I'M HERE explores and expresses a gap between one's actual physical existence and one's imagined existence in mind. The body and the mind can exist in different spaces.
Katsura Isobe is an independent dance artist who holds a BA Dance and Dance Education at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan, and an MA Scenography [Dance] at Laban Centre London. Her current interest is one's physical and psychological states in a particular environment. Her practice involves improvisation and collaboration with artists in another art disciplines. Her collaboration experience includes DAP Lab with Johannes
Birringer and Michele Danjoux (interactive design/physical theatre), Carol Brown (site-specific performance, interactive installation), Caroline Collinge (costume design), Clod Ensemble (interdisciplinary theatre), Thomas Kampe (Feldenkrais® Method and improvisation), Ute Kanngiesser (cello), Stephanie Schober (contemporary dance), Paul Verity Smith (sensor interaction), Fulvio Rubesa (Photography), and Jairo Zaldua and Nicola Green (printmaking).
Manabu Shimada is a sonic artist based on Tokyo/London. He designs sound art and minimal music influenced by natural phenomenon as audio-visual environment
Tuesday April 5
11:oo AA Studio 001
“Cell Dislocation” (Biyo Kikuchi)
Biyo Kikuchi is a dancer/choreographer who studied Butoh with Yoshito and Kazuo Ohno. Additionally, she learned many forms of expression with the body, exploring gesture, action, movement and body expression in varying spaces, contexts and situations. Solo works include: “Pan-barabara”,“New Moon”, “End of the Day”, “Form for the future”. She has organized her own group and produces her work, as well as collaborating with Kim Itoh, Natsu Nakajima, Kazuo and Yoshito Ohono. At Min Tanaka’s Dance Hakushu Festival she performed solo dance showcase for three years. She also collaborates with artists and musicians on improvisational performance, working with communities and holding workshops of body work and improvisation.
Monday April l 4, opening
19:30 Artaud Performance Centre 003
Karolina is a researcher and a photographer with a primary interest in performance photography. She did her MA in Theatre Studies in Poland and PhD in Performance Studies in London. She started photographing Japanese Butoh dance in 2001 and she has continued to follow footsteps of various performance artists around the world ever since. Her independent photography projects take performances out of theatre buildings and place them in new and challenging surroundings, such as National Gallery in London, Westminster underground station in London or Shipyard in Gdansk where Solidarity was born.
Karolina perceives photographing as an interpersonal communication mediated by a camera, a close collaboration between a photographer and a photographed subject. The experience of photographing is for her equally important as the images obtained, which creates a unique approach to photography.
Damien Serban & Yann Bertrand (France)
Monday April 4, 19.30
Artaud Performance Centre 101
West London UK8 3PH
Call for reservation (01895 267823)
The film Chrysalide (2005) transcribes, through three chapters, different states of the Japanese dance, Butô. Mixing 3D animation and film, the work contrasts this carnal, visceral dance with the coldness of 3D and its architectures and polygons. In between organic and digital textures. This film is also part of an installation conceived in parallel with Michel Lauricella's sculptures and drawings as well as Dorothea Nold's photographs.
Co-directed by Damien Serban and Yann Bertrand; music by : Benjamin Holst; animation by : Hicham Bouhennana. With : Jean-Louis Le Cabellec
Damien Serban lives in Paris, France; he graduated, with honors, from the Applied Arts Superior Institute in Paris 2003; he directed during his studies three short films. Epines and Le Cosmos dans une Assiette de Pâtes, (with Yann Bertrand) and Chut.... With his first independent project, Chrysalide (2005. with Yann Bertrand), he began to focus on 3D imagery that shows the polygons and architectures usually hidden, as well as the errors created by a software pushed to its limits. This film on butoh is distributed by Autour de Minuit, and was shown at numerous international festivals and exhibitions both as a three part film and as a video installation. From 2006 to 2007 Damien directed abstract films focusing on morphing and compression errors, searching the border between what humans can't grasp and what is no longer controlled by the computer.
These events are part of
ARTAUD FORUM 1:
The World from within and without
(in memoriam of Kazuo Ohno)
Monday and Tuesday, 4-5 April 2011
Artaud Performance Centre, Brunel University, West London, UK http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/artaudforum.html
This performance laboratory initiates a series of annually held events at Brunel University’s Artaud Performance Centre: Bringing together an invited group of international theatre and dance artists, filmmakers, photographers, art theorists and researchers engaged in creative practices that reflect on major innovative performance traditions of the past century and their impact on current performance knowledge and physical / physical-digital) techniques. The first instalment of the ARTAUD FORUM is dedicated to the memory of Kazuo Ohno and the complex convergences/differences between Japanese and Western performative methods.
Co-ordinated by Johannes
Birringer (artistic director, DAP-Lab),
with Hironobu Oikawa (director, Maison Artaud, Tokyo)
This event is programmed by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance and supported by the Brunel University Graduate School, the Goethe-Institut London, and DAIWA Foundation