The first performance in the "Butoh Today" line-up sees Sankai Juku take the stage and create a unique, sophisticated, beautiful and meditative world. Not only is AMAGATSU Ushio directing and choreographing this piece, but he is also designing the space and costumes. He regards Butoh as part of the "dialogue with gravity", presenting works that touch on those universal aspects of human nature: birth and death. He has also created his unique vocabulary based on body language and shared his works in 700 cities and 45 countries around the world. He is highly regarded for the universality and artistic strength of his works.
"MEGURI-Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land" is his latest work, that premiered worldwide in March 2015. To date, it has been performed in seven cities and five countries, namely France, Brazil, Australia, Singapore and Japan, and performances are scheduled for nine more cities in France, Switzerland and Slovenia in 2017.
"MEGURI" uses the Chinese character "meguru - to turn"
As it is a pictographic character representing the circulating of water and everything that rotates,
it is also used for movement and circulation that follows a certain order;
the vicissitudes of time, the cycle of the seasons, changes in the environment, etc.
The walls used on stage feature a deformed fossil of Palaeozoic sea lily.
Directed, Choreographed, and Designed AMAGATSU Ushio 1
Music KAKO Takashi, YAS-KAZ, YOSHIKAWA Yoichiro
SEMIMARU, IWASHITA Toru, TAKEUCHI Sho,
ICHIHARA Akihito, MATSUOKA Dai,
ISHII Norihito, MOMOKI Shunsuke
World Premiered at Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center in March 2015
Co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (Paris, France), Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center (Fukuoka, Japan), Esplanade - Theatre on the Bay (Singapore) and Sankai Juku (Tokyo, Japan)