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.