Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno

Takao Kawaguchi: About Kazuo Ohno

Maria Baoli

Those who have patience for slow, luminous, meticulous movement will revel in this weekend's celebration of butoh. Recalling the gender-inclusive co-founder of the form on the occasion of his 110th birthday, Takao Kawaguchi brings "About Kazuo Ohno — Reliving the Butoh Diva's Masterpieces" to town, reconstructing Ohno's legendary works Admiring La Argentina (1977) and My Mother (1981) from archival recordings and producing a sort of imaginary duet between himself and Ohno. Sharing the evening is Big Dance Theater's interpretation of Resplendent Shimmering Topaz Waterfall, developed by Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson from the notes of butoh's other co-founder, Tatsumi Hijikata, and performed by Lazar and Tymberly Canale. Also, on Sunday, the Japan Society screens three films about Ohno, including Chiaki Nagano's Portrait of Mr. O, one of the inspirations for Kawaguchi's stage performance.

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