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Thousand Drops, Thousand Flowers, Atsushi Takenouchi w/ Hiroko Komiya (live...

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Butohsf and NOHspace proudly present,

"Thousand Drops, Thousand Flowers," Atsushi Takenouchi w/ Hiroko Komiya (live music) Butoh, choreography: Atsushi Takenouchi Live music : Hiroko Komiya (stone, water, metal bawls, percussion and voice)

Performance is on Thursday night June 29th 7pm (total 70 minutes)

Please join us for a very special evening and consider purchasing a higher ticket price to support this production. Many hands are involved to make this beautiful performance possible and we depend on audience support to make this happen. Thank you so much for your generosity and appreciation for Butoh!

More about this performance creation in Atsushi Takenouchi's words:

Thousand drops falling from the sky, Mother Earth, please, embrace these drops, give birth to thousand flowers. Countless drops fall form sky. I close my eyes, and take a deep breath... I feel my living body. I am deeply grateful for being alive now.

On 11th of March 2011, many people had suffered and lost their lives in Japan’s Tohoku region earthquake. At that time I was in Japan. The earthquake epicenter was not in Tohoku, but in Osaka- Kyoto region, I could have been in those people's place. When I felt this, a thought flashed in my heart: The people who suffered in the earthquake lived there suffering, facing the difficult situation instead of us. It might be that people who lost their lives, departed instead of us, breathing now. In the same time, if our lives were connected like the tree is connected, we would be wounding or loosing part of our body.

If it was like that, people, animals and plants are suffering and dying in wars and natural disasters around the world and keep on loosing their lives instead of us. At the same time, that could become pain in our bodies. As we would not be existing if our parents, grandparents and ancestor did not exist. If we went down the roots of our distant ancestors, we would be connected to the same one tree. We are alive, thanks to our ancestors and beings loosing their lives around the world. At the same time we keep on loosing parts of our bodies. We have forgotten, about being one tree.

That is why I want to dance, I want to remember the life that was a part of us and has been keeping us alive. And so, the tree that has overcome the pain gives birth to thousand flowers and I want to touch these flowers, even for a moment. Thousand drops fall from the sky, the countless drops give life to trees, they give flowers. Countless drops fall form sky/ heaven.
Atsushi TAKENOUCHI



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