CRS invites you to a two-day Re(in)spiration Performance Workshop in Berlin with Berlin-based Butoh artist Yuko Kaseki, Japan-based performance artist Miho Tsujii, and Japan-based calligrapher Kanako Sehara on Nov 19 – 20, 2022 from 11 am – 5 pm each day. The workshop fee is 180 euros.
Workshop participants will have the option of also joining a public performance presentation on Nov 20 at 7 pm. Attendance to the performance as a viewer is by donation.
The workshop and performance will take place at
DOCK11, Saal 3
Kastanienallee 79, 10437 Berlin
The physical activity of inhaling and exhaling grounded in Japanese re(in)spirational practices is foundational to the “movement of life,” whose process evokes sound, movement, form and the ever-transformational waves, resonating with each other.
The blending of different Japanese arts, such as butoh, classical Noh, and calligraphy, contextualized in other cultures and personal experiences creates a unique form of expression.
This workshop begins with the breath, the process of becoming words, and the origins of the written word; then using the whole body, the breath gives rise to voice, to sounds, and to dancing in the revolution of the spirit of the word.
Time goes round and round
Dancing around and around
Forming the waves of wrinkles
Light and shades of wrinkle folds
Re(in)spiring cycles of life
Borders dissolve, ground shifts
Circulation of the universe
This workshop is supported by CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and hosted by Yuko Kaseki with ICAS (International Culture & Art Spot).
Kaseki, Tsujii, and Sehara with ICAS produced the KOTOHOGI SALON and KOTOHOGI SOUND HEAD supported by the PLUS project in Ibaraki City, Osaka, last August. This event is an evolution process of that project.
Announcement Calligraphy: Kanako Sehara
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADERS
is a Director, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performer, and teacher in Berlin. She has been created various projects with international musicians such as Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Antonis Anissegos, Emilio Gordoa, Audrey Chen, Axel Dörner, and others, visual artists such as Morvarid K, Chiharu Shiota, Nikhil Chopra, Arata Mori and others, dancer/performer such as Shinichi Iova Koga, Minako Seki, Christine Bonansea, Sherwood Chen, Valentin Tszin and others. Solo and ensemble performances, improvisations are performed around 30 countries. These creations are the accumulation of poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, performance, and live art. Her performance aims to reflect the outsider’s existence. Collaboration with the Disabled Theater Thikwa (Berlin) overturns the concept of her dance and has a great influence on subsequent activities. Her strong interest in breaking borders of physical expression leads to many collaborations with international mixed ability artists.
, a performance artist
, conceives, directs and performs solo and collaborative works. Her performance intersects poetic visuals, movement, vocalization, sound, multi-language, video and audience interactions. While her works are experimental, Miho is extensively trained in the Japanese traditional arts of Ikebana, Noh dance and vocals and underlying conceptual systems, which feed the technique/wisdom required to address her primary concern to regenerate life at the foot of destructions. Her works have been presented internationally at arts, theater, educational and public space, as well as with and within communities surviving catastrophic events, including Mies van Der Rohe Haus (Berlin), Brooklyn Museum (NY), La MaMa Experimental Theater (NY), New York University (Shanghai), CUNTethics & SQUATconstellation (online feminist intervention, Berlin) and O-Link House (tsunami surviving community, Japan).
She also teaches, workshops and lectures at universities, museums and communities around the world. Miho holds M.A. in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and is trained at Bigakko experimental art dojo in Tokyo. Miho was born in Japan, raised in Germany and is currentasly based in a former factory in Osaka, Japan. She is also a shamanic healer.
is a Japanese calligraphy and Tenkoku stone seal engraving artist. Her solo exhibitions, featuring “science characters,” “equality/non-equality,” “cunt” among others have been presented at venues including Issoan zen monastery (2020), Kyukyodo Gallery in Ginza (2017), and Kansai Airport Exhibition Hall (2012) in Japan. She has performed live painting for KOTOHOGI Sound Head (Osaka 2022), for 7 consecutive days inside the main window-display of Hankyu Department Store (Osaka 2014), in online performance series with Berlin-based CUNTethics and SQUATconstallation (2020), at Neu Chayamachi (Osaka, 2017) and Kiyomihara Shrine memorial for tsunami survivors (Osaka 2011). Her calligraphy has been merchandized as Kizakura sake brand in Kyoto (2016) and Seijo Ishii 90th anniversary Debazakura sake label (2017). Kanako teaches around the world and runs her own school of calligraphy & Tenkoku in Osaka, Japan. She is a zen monk in training and an artist living with nature.