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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program


Rosentanz − Critique of Pure Sexualization

2023.8.26 (SAT) – 8.27 (SUN)

Dance Main Hall
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    『バラ色ダンス 純粋性愛批判』序章(2022) © bozzo

Conjuring up the butoh and dance of tomorrow out of queer aesthetics and a 1960s early butoh classic

Takao Kawaguchi has won international acclaim for his pursuit of novel frontiers in performance. This new work is developed out of both his recent, intensively researched butoh pieces and his previous engagement with issues of identity and gender. Based on Rose-Colored Dance, one of butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata’s major 1960s works, and drawing on the sensibility of “camp” that reached its apogee in European and North American gay culture in the 1960s and 1970s, Rosentanz − Critique of Pure Sexualization is neither a nostalgic look back at history nor a veneration, but a critically assessment from a contemporary perspective that opens up fresh new possibilities for twenty-first-century dance.


2023.8.26 (SAT) – 8.27 (SUN)

Venue : Main Hall


Takao Kawaguchi

© Hiroki Obara

Takao Kawaguchi

Takao Kawaguchi joined the performance group Dumb Type in 1996 and launched his practice as a solo artist in 2000, pursuing the possibilities of a broad performance style that straddles theatre, dance, moving image, and visual art. He began his highly personal performance series a perfect life in 2009, and performed an iteration of it at the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2013. Kawaguchi’s recent work includes the butoh performance works The Sick Dancer (with Tomomi Tanabe, 2012) and About Kazuo Ohno (2013). The latter was nominated for a Bessie Award in New York and subsequently staged at Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, in 2018.

Film Program

Sunday August 27 2023 (12:00 p.m.)
Venue:North Hall
Admission 500 yen
*Free for those who have a ticket for this performance.
*Please pay the fee at the venue on the day of the performance. No advance reservation is required.

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Ticket Prices

Unreserved seating ¥3,500 / 25 and Under: ¥2,000 / 18 and Under: ¥1,000 *No admission permitted for pre-school children.


2023.6.10 (SAT)

Tickets on Sale

2023.6.17 (SAT)

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