Event Details


Time: October 27, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Anthology Film Archives
Street: 32 Second Ave. at 2nd St.
Website or Map: http://www.anthologyfilmarchi…
Event Type: film
Organized By: Anthology Film Archives
Latest Activity: Oct 21, 2014

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Event Description

Coinciding with the birthday of legendary dancer, choreographer, and Butoh founder, Kazuo Ohno, who was born on October 27, 1906, and died in 2010 at the age of 103, we present these special screenings of Virginie Marchand’s KAZUO OHNO TRILOGY. Made by filmmaker and dancer Marchand over the course of three years, it captures Ohno’s 99th and 100th birthdays, and documents the dances on which Marchand and Ohno collaborated before his death.

“You made a beautiful trilogy, a beautiful piece of cinema, a beautiful tribute to Kazuo! […] A document, a poem, a tribute, a song, a very personal song that is also universal. A song by one poet to another, by one who is in the prime of youth, to another who is full of age and life and who is moving towards a dissolve into earth itself, old and eternal.” –Jonas Mekas
“I was struck by the intensity and the beauty of the dance scenes – very powerful and moving. I was moved by the film in a way I didn’t expect to be. […] The care, reverence and love around Kazuo Ohno.” –Martin Scorsese

Individual film descriptions by Virginie Marchand.

2005, 53 min, digital
99th birthday of Kazuo Ohno, founder of Butoh dance. The cameramen are Jonas Mekas and Zoltan Hauville. The editing was done with footage of three evenings of dances of Kazuo and myself. The title comes from a song by Serge Gainsbourg.
2007, 35 min, digital
Kazuo Ohno’s 100th birthday. Footage of our dance in Kazuo Ohno’s room in Yokohama, Japan, combined with special images in different parts of India. The film ends with a speech of the Zen Master Dolano in Pune, India.
2008, 47 min, digital
When he was young, Kazuo Ohno wanted to create a dance in memory of his ancestors, thanking bears for providing them clothes and food. This film begins in the Himalayas in winter and spring with sadhu Bombaya, continuing in Japan, where Kazuo and I dance with a bear’s claw to bring a story to life. The film ends in NYC, with a Butoh dance show as a tribute to Kazuo and the Bear from the Himalayas.
Total running time: ca. 140 min.
About Anthology Film Archives:  Founded in 1970, Anthology's mission is to preserve, exhibit, and promote public and scholarly understanding of independent, classic, and avant-garde cinema. Anthology screens more than 1,000 film and video programs per year, publishes books and catalogs annually, and has preserved more than 900 films to date.

Tickets: $10 general; $8 for students, seniors, & children (12 & under); $6 AFA members


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