A dancer who profoundly involves the audience and whose experience intimately follows butoh history, Sayoko Onishi trained with great masters such as Yoshito Ohno, Yamada Ipei, Hironobu Oikawa. She is a soloist who also has danced with major European Dance companies and received prestigious prizes, notably in Japan and Germany. She founded the International Academy of Butoh in Palermo, together with master Yoshito Ohno.
On Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at The Capstone Theatre she presents two award-winning Dance works, Animal Science and Primavera Siciliana (Sicilian Spring).
In Animal Science a scientist disfigures the life of animals in order to create a new form for them. Their rage turns against him and eventually they melt together becoming a unique energy in the universe. This performance won the first prize in the International Solo Contemporary Dance Contest in Augusburg in Germany, 1996.
In Primavera Siciliana (Sicilian Spring) Onishi explores the idea of how the present is dominated by its past and how this subsequently this alters one’s thoughts. Given this inner power the old personalities in one start to relive while dancing. But then all these personalities scatter while dancing, not knowing anymore which of them leads the dance. In this piece the dance is characterised by the use of a two -faced mask that symbolises the various personalities. Primavera Siciliana won the first prize in Die Platze Contemporary Dance Festival in Tokyo, 2006.
Further information: Capstone Theatre