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Japan. Landskab/Portræt

Sayoko Onishi


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"The sensitivity of the Japanese interpreter. Subtle features, chiseled muscles, a rounded interpretation, wrapped in the white cloud of Butoh, and the bewitched face, with a great charisma. The dancer searches the shadows, in an intimate work with a thousand facets, instinctual, sensual and esthetic."

Ermanno Romanelli

Danza e Danza – December 28th 2014

Sayoko Onishi is a Butoh Master. She was born in Hokkaido, Japan. Her dance and choreography are based on the practice of butoh. In this art, she mixes all her practices and melts in her dance elements of every culture she has met, with the desire to unite in her experiences the West and the East.
Since 1990, she has had a brilliant solo career as a professional dancer in Europe, working both as a choreographer and as a teacher. Sayoko Onishi is also a teacher of Tai Chi and Qi Qong, disciplines she studied at university in China.
Sayoko Onishi has mainly performed solo in renowned international theaters in all Europe (Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Roma, Palermo), in China and Japan and received more international awards. Since 2009, she has collaborated regularly with the French company Man'ok & Cie in Nancy (France) with the project MA2 (Move Art Two).


Kinya "ZULU" Tsuruyama



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Kinya "ZULU" Tsuruyama is a Butoh Master. He was born in Kanagawa, Japan. He learned theater play from Satoshi Miyagi from 1987. In 1989 he became a member of the famous Japanese butoh company, Dai-Rakuda-Kan, where he learned butoh from its' leader, Akaji Maro. As a member of the Dai-Rakuda-Kan he initiated a series of choreographies, entitled ”YAN-SHU”.

From 1995 Zulu lived in Berlin, where he was giving workshops and performed around Europe. Among others he appeared in Maurice Bejart's stage work entitled "Concorce" at Germany's National Theater, der ”Staatsoper”. Furthermore he starred in Peter Greenaway's film "The Pillow Book" from 1996.

In 1997 he went back to Japan to continue his project 'YAN-SHU'. With his group he performed in Peru, Cuba, Canada and Europe among other places. In 2005 and in 2007 his choreography works were nominated for ”Dora Award”, the Toronto's performing arts award.


From 2006 he started his activities as a poet and organizer of poetly reading and music improvisation, which has been shown regulary every month in different venues in Tokyo, Japan and also abroad