Saturday 30 August 2014
Ko Murobushi is one of the best known and acclaimed Butoh artists in the world.He studied with Hijikata in 1968.Then he joined to establish “Dairakudakan.”
In 1974 he created the Butoh-magazine Hageshii Kisetsu (Violent Season) and founded a female Butoh-Company Ariadone and a only-male Butoh-group: Sebi. With a co-production of these two groups he brought the Butoh to Europe and contributes to the recognition of Butoh in Europe: Le DernierEden - Porte de l’au - delá succeeded in Paris in 1978.
His solo productions and group production have been invited by numerous international dance festivals. In 2003, he settled his unit Ko & Edge Co. and this unit presented titled Experimental Body which is searching “Edge” in a physical way.
Ko's latest solo performances are called “Krypt” and ”Ritournelle”, his latest duo perfromance with Bartabas with the title Le Centaure et l'animal. Those lead him to world tours.
His choreographies as well as his solo performances continue to establish Ko Murobushi as one of the highest reputed representatives of Butoh, and every moment Ko challenges to reach new possibility of Butoh.
He launched his career as a visual artist in the late ’80s, and in 1998 began presenting sound performances at art exhibitions all over the world. Ito made use of fluorescent lighting (which is also an element of his art installations) in the creation of an original musical device called the optron. He continues to refine the instrument while approaching sound and music from a contemporary-art-based perspective. In addition to his solo exhibition and performance projects, Ito is active in a number of musical units, from rock to jazz band, sound performers and dancers.