Workshop with Yukio Waguri
Yukio Waguri (born Tokyo, 1952) was the disciple and main male dancer of Hijikata Tatsumi. He performed in a number of Hijikata’s works such as 27 Nights for Four Seasons (1972) and A Silent House (1973), as well as many Hakutobo performances (1974-78), and has performed worldwide since 1990. His dance is characterized by many nuances of style – from the rigid to the flexible, the sharp to the delicate, the beautiful to the grotesque. It often explores a transformation through different subjects and suggests new possible ways of working in dance. Waguri works with the unique lineage of Hijikata’s butoh-fu to draw out physical images through a particular attention to language. His release of the Butoh Kaden CD in 1998 provided an opportunity for the re-evaluation of the Hijikata method. As well as various performance activities, including collaborations with artists from diverse genres, Waguri holds workshops widely in association with research organizations and universities, both locally and overseas.
Workshop with SU-EN
SU-EN is a Swedish dancer, artist, choreographer and performance artist. She is the artistic director of SU-EN Butoh Company, founded in Tokyo in 1992, under the supervision of Tomoe Shizune & Hakutobo. SU-EN trained with Tomoe Shizune & Hakutobo from 1988 to 1994. Since 1994 SU-EN Butoh Company is based in Sweden and performs internationally. Its' studio and workspace is in an old village school in the middle of the forest in Haglund Skola, 30 minutes from Uppsala.
The butoh method of SU-EN is strongly influenced by nature, and by the struggle and friction of living in the middle of a forest. Her work has been described as Cruel Beauty. Through teaching apprentices on a long-term basis a new generation of butoh dancers are brought up in the SU-EN Butoh Company.
SU-EN has produced books, art videos, art projects, exhibitions and more. One form is not enough, so she is constantly looking for new ways to give birth to art.
Since 2006, SU-EN has been the curator for Friction International Performance Art Festival which is organized by Uppsala Art Museum and SU-EN Butoh Company. Friction takes place every two years in the city of Uppsala. Since 2013, she has also been the curator for K.R.O.P.P platform for contemporary dance in Uppsala Consert Hall.
SU-EN has recieved many scholarships and awards for her work, among them Uchimura award and CORA feministic art prize in 2011 and Uppsala city medal of honour in 2012. From 2013-2023 she is granted a ten year working scholarship from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.