This project aims to bring Tokyo’s cluster of performing arts movements back into the present day and connect them to the future. Focusing on the keyword “underground,” it will offer a diverse and unpredictable program that explores the historical times and spaces of the megalopolis, Tokyo. Focusing primarily on Butoh, a form of dance theater born in postwar Japan that has subsequently spread across the globe, this experimental performing arts festival will reproduce (in Tokyo’s contemporary underground spaces) the various forms of expression influenced by Butoh.
With the artistic assets and know-how of the Kazuo Ohno Archive at its core, the organization promotes efforts to build international networks and spread the word about the significance of a cross-cutting dance archive. Aiming to assist in promoting Butoh culture and pass it on to future generations, the Network gathers and preserves a range of materials and plans productions that make use of them.
It is also engaged in efforts to develop new archiving techniques based on 3D technology.