Photograph by Keita Ikeda
maginary Solutions is a new collaboration between the Tokyo-based Butoh dancer and martial artist Takahiro Tomatsu, and the acclaimed London-based experimental music ensemble ARCO, led by composer/performer Neil Luck.
The title of the event is a reference to commonalities in the exploratory, expressionist, and speculative natures of both Butoh and contemporary experimental music. This public, live event will foreground the practice of Butoh as both a Japanese art form as well as a catalyst for international, cross-cultural collaboration – a model for a productive, positive vision of exchange and intercultural understanding.
Neil and Takahiro met in 2012 at the Tokyo Wondersite’s ‘Tokyo Experimental Festival’ (where they were both prize winners), and have performed together occasionally as a duo in both London and Tokyo. This current project marks the first large-scale collaboration between the artists, alongside 4 musicians from Neil's ensemble ARCO. It also represents a unique coming together of avant-garde cultures and disciplines that are rarely produced and presented with such rigour in London and the UK.
The event will take place on 15 November 2019 from 7pm.
Earlier that afternoon, a free ‘open rehearsal’ will be held.
Please check the venue website for further details as they are updated.
Takahiro Tomatsu is an acclaimed Butoh dancer and marital artist based in Tokyo, Japan.
His performances range from solo dance works to complex and immersive performance installations as well as to long-term collaborations with leading avant-garde musicians. Notable highlights include winning the grand prize at the Tokyo Experimental Festival (2010) and performing as a part of a project with major international artist Takashi Murakami. He has frequently collaborated with major musicians and groups, including projects with the Ensemble Modern Academy and a long-term dance-music duo partnership with legendary free-jazz pianist Yosuke Yamashita.
ARCO is a London-based experimental music-theatre ensemble, led by acclaimed composer Neil Luck. Neil and ARCO have established themselves over the last 10 years as a significant force within the national and international experimental music scene. Recent appearances include MATA Festival NYC, Aarhus European Capital of Culture, BBC Proms, Tokyo Experimental Festival, Tate Modern and BBC Radio 3.