Yumiko Yoshioka was born in Tokyo. In 1974 she joined the women´s butoh company Ariadone directed by Carlotta Ikeda.
“Since 1981 Yumiko Yoshioka has been alternating between Japan and Europe and has been living in Germany since 1988, the year in which she founded with Minako Seki and Delta R´ai the group tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANSE GROTESQUE, which till its break-up in 1994 successfully toured Japan, Europe und North America. In 1995 arose the TEN PEN Chii art labor, led by Yoshioka, the visual artist Joachim Manger and the American musician Zam Johnson. Its works have included: ´N. YoiN´, ´DA-PPI´, ´iki – an interactive body dance machine´, and ´TEST LABORATORY Z.0005´. The company is at home in Schloss Bröllin in the Northeast of Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), where Yumiko Yoshioka is the artistic director of the butoh-related art project ´eX…it!´ and the curator of the festival ´Pro Existence´ (2004). ´furu zoom´ was premiered at the festival ´Über Schönheit/About Beauty´ in the House of World Cultures in Berlin (2005)”
One of the most extravagant projects so far has been ´Test Laboratory Z.0005´, enclosing four dancers in a threatening 2.50 m high metallic machine. Hares, set free in the surroundings, activate one or another light-installation, which in turn activates mechanisms for opening or sealing enclosures. The body is hermetically caught then free to move in two water basins. Likewise picturesque and metaphorical, though aesthetically plainer, are the works involving Yumiko Yoshioka as a soloist and with which she regularly tours with TEN PEN Chii, while continuing her didactic work and acting as the artistic director and curator of various projects at Schloss Bröllin”- Author: Constanze Klementz firstname.lastname@example.org (http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?3323)
I truly hope to be able to facilitate Daisuke Yoshimoto to come to Ireland to the Butoh Festival at some point. In the near future.
What is Butoh?
Daisuke:I don’t know,I will be seeking an answer to this question until I die. Death is our theme.
Daisuke Yoshimoto collaborated and co-created performances with Hisayo Iwaki, Yukihiko Sakai and Kazuo Ohno – he was a stage manager for La Argentina in 1977 and My Mother in 1981.
He performed and performs in many countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Ukraine, Hungary, Italy and the USA.
Daisuke Yoshimoto has extensively engaged and worked in Poland:
“He first time came to Poland as a stage manager with the group Ner-Kyōgen (Tokyo) to take part in an international festival of student theatres organized by Bogusław Litwiniec and Teatr Kalambur in Wrocław. In the 1990s he visited Poland several times with his pieces Eros and Thanatos (2004) and Ruined Body (2008), which he presented in Kraków, Lublin, Olsztyn, Poznań, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wrocław (at the invitation of the Grotowski Centre and the Grotowski Institute). In 1997 he was the artistic consultant of a Butoh festival conceived and held by the Grotowski Centre. In 2004 he collaborated with Teatr ZAR on Gospels of Childhood as a dancer in a piece called Lazarus. In 2010, together with Jacek Ostaszewski and the music group Osjan, he performed Ruined Body in the Grand Theatre and National Opera in Warsaw and at the Cross-Culture Festival to mark the 40th anniversary of Osjan.
Daisuke Yoshimoto’s Polish tour is organized by Stefania Gardecka” (http://www.grotowski-institute.art.pl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1384&lang=en).
A personal account
In 1999 I had the honour to meet and participate to an intensive workshop with Daisuke Yoshimoto; Daisuke was invited as part of a multidiscipline residence organised by Mr. Amato, hosted in Espace Theatre – a contemporary style theatre run by artists Beppe Bergamasco and Ulla Alasjarvi, in Torino, Italy.
Personally, it was a precious experience; taking the workshops and spending time with Daisuke and his collaborators allowed me to enter that step deeper into the practice. It was the first time to witness a Butoh performance.
During the workshop Daisuke brought the whole group to do an outdoor exercise. We run through the park to the pedestrian street to then slow walk. Everyone on the street stopped to look at us, everyone we passed by engaged in one way or the other.
We alternated slow walk to quick small steps. It was such a powerful moment.
The most simple elements contain such richness. Standing empty and simply gives the possibility to the story to pass through and manifest steady to the audience.