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Saison Artist in Residence

Choy Ka Fai


Residency Period: from 18 July to 20 August 2017

[Research Outline]

Research Theme

: Unbearable Darkness - The Legacy and Relevance of Butoh inside and outside Japan

Brief Description of the Research


Choy Ka Fai aimed to investigate the legacy of Butoh, inquiring on the relevance and potentiality of Butoh today, with a theme of Tatsumi Hijikata, Tohoku and Shamanism. During his residency, he visited Osorezan Taisai Festival in Aomori to interview and film, and he visited at Hjikata Tasumi Archive, Keio University to interview. In addition, he worked with a choreographer and dancer, Pijin Neji for a trial of new piece’s ideas.

18 July 2017 Arrives in Japan
19 July to 19 August 2017

Visits Osorezan Taisai Festival in Aomori

Visits Hjikata Tatsumi Archive, Keio University

Works with Pijin Neji

Interviews artists and arts managers in Tokyo

4 August 2017 Public talk at Morishita Studio
20 August 2017 Finishes residency
[Public Talk]
Date :

4 August 2017

Time :


Place :

Studio B, Morishita Studio

Title :  “Unbearable Darkness Research”

Choy Ka Fai shared the documentary sketches of his research on Unbearable Darkness undertaken in Japan and Europe, and he explained 3 main research topics: The Search for Hijikata Spirit, The Wind that Cuts the Body and The International Butoh Evangelists.

[Profile]Choy Ka Fai
Born in Singapore
Choy Ka Fai received a master degree in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art, London.
His major projects, such as “Soft Machine” and “Notion: Dance Fiction”, have been presented at major international festivals, including Singapore Arts Festival (2012), ImPuls Tanz Festival Vienna Austria (2015) and Tanz im August, Berlin Germany (2013, 2015). In Japan, he showed his projects at Kyoto Experiment, TPAM in Yokohama, Festival/Tokyo and Museum Contemporary Art Tokyo.


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