April 25, 2018

Following Yumiko’s acclaimed solo “Before the Dawn”, this is the second part of her trilogy “From 1 to 100”.100 Light Years of Solitudeis inspired by Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” to explore a state of solitude Yumiko dances the life of a unique creature, born on a planet 100 light years away from ours. Imagining that this creature is the only one of its species on that planet, it enjoys unfolding its life until it realizes its destiny… to exist in solitude.

Yumiko says, “In my childhood, I was always fascinated by the imaginary creatures and monsters of fairy tales. Butoh, a dance of metamorphosis, helps me to explore this imaginary world, and make something invisible visible.”

Direction/Choreography/Dance: Yumiko Yoshioka

Co-direction: Miguel Camarero

Costume: Pablo Alarcon

Light design/Technical direction: Spiros Paterakis

Music composition: Tomas Tello/ Zam Johnson.


Support for this performance

Support from this performance comes from Butoh Chicago and Sara Zalek.

Yumiko Yoshioka

In the early seventies and eighties, Yumiko Yoshioka was a member of the first Japanese women’s Butoh dance company, ARIADONE. In 1978, she performed with Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in ” Le Dernier Eden ” (in Paris), a first Butoh performance at theater outside of Japan. From 1988 to 1996, she was an active member of German – Japanese dance theater company ” tatoeba
 GROTESQUE ” with Minako Seki and delta RA’i. In 1995, Yumiko founded the art-formation group ” TEN
 ” with visual artist JoaXhim Manger (Germany) and music composer, Zam Johnson (USA)..

Yumiko researches the interactivity between dance, space and visual art, exploring new zones in body works and performing arts. Besides international tours throughout Asia, Europe, Oceania and North/South America, she is an art director of ” eX…it ! ” (Dance and Butoh Exchange Research Project, since 1995 – present) along with delta RA’ i, in which more than 100 artists and dance students from all over the world join. Yumiko also collaborates with other company in Italy, Austria and Greece as a choreographer/dancer as well.