A Piece directed by Wolfgang A. Piontek with Yumiko Yoshioka and Minako Seki.
TWO is the story of two butoh dancers who met in 1987 randomly in Berlin. Few years later they started what it would be the first German-Japanese Butoh group “Tatoeba – Théâtre Danse Grotesque”. In the mid 90’s the group dissolved and the artists went their own way to develope their own artistic paths.
After more than 20 years Wolfgang A. Piontek is bringing the dancers back together. He initiated and directed the project aiming to evoke very personal memories, as well as a reflection on the encounter of two cultures, the Japanese and the European. Furthermore, in a society, which is increasingly aging, a piece about the life and experience of two dancers in advanced age (55 and 63 years) becomes very exciting and appealing. It is the chance to incorporate qualities and themes into their dance and movement related to experience and maturity. It is not about higher, further, faster, but the greatest possible presence and intensity and the rediscovery of slowness in dealing with existential themes.
Idea / Artistic Direction: Wolfgang A. Piontek, Yumiko Yoshioka, Minako Seki
Dramaturgy / Production management: Elena Polzer, Peter Piontek
Stage: Wolfgang A. Piontek
Videos: Volker Schreiner
Costume Design: Sabine Mech
Light Design: Wolfgang Denker
Grafik Design: Ralf Mohr
Photo: Thilo Nass
A cooperation wiht : LOT Braunschweig
PREMIERE: November 2, 2017
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November 3/4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (Eis Fabrik Theater in Hannover)
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The duet TWO follows the traces of the historical development of the Butoh dance in Germany.
In 1974 Yoshioka joined the japanese butoh group Ariadone and in 1978 she traveled with the group to the first European Butoh performance called “Le Dernier Eden”, in Paris. Ten years later, she came back independently to Europe and, together with Minako Seki and delta RA’i, founded the first German-Japanese butoh group Tatoeba – Théâtre Danse Grotesque – in Berlin. Some years later the members of the group split, but both, Yumiko Yoshioka and Minako Seki, continued their project and developed their own, very individual performance aesthetics, that can be identified with the neo and post-butoh practice.
The new piece “Tea for Two” is originated from the initiative of the theater director Wolfgang Piontek from the Eis Fabrik Theater in Hannover, who wanted to connect the two dancers again. His idea was to bring them into a conversation and put the individual developments of so many years of butoh dance practice in contrast.In their creative research, they will work on ideas like body memory, transformation or aging.Furthermore, they want to analyze their personal relationship, their attachment to their cultural origin and the experience as long career dancers.On this process, they will re-enact old pieces such as “June hitoe”, “All Moonshine” or “Tea for Three”, that they were playing 20 years ago within Tatobea group.