a lecture performance by Choy Ka Fai
Choy Ka Fai investigates the the heritage of Butoh, inquiring on the relevance and potentiality. Since the spread of Butoh to Europe in the 1978, Butoh has expanded into various forms of cultural assimilations, spiritual cultivation and performative exorcism.
The lecture will trace the research process and the making of Unbearable Darkness - a paranormal dance experience by Choy Ka Fai. The performance speculates on the possible afterlives of its founder — Tatsumi Hijikata, interviewing and inviting his spirit to collaborate for a new dance creation.
Ka Fai proposed the idea of a post-human choreography and questions what is humanly impossible and ghostly possible? How does the digital, the virtual, the immaterial or non-human expressions push us to rethink and expand the notion of choreography? What are what are the technological potentials of dancing with the spirit of the Butoh master?
Present Futures Berlin is funded by
the Senate Department for Culture, Berlin