With 22 surreal, shape-shifting dancers, other-worldly costumes and body-paint, and a spectacular set, Dairakudakan exemplifies the transformative power of butoh through its imaginative blend of theatre and dance. Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect was choreographed by artistic director, Akaji Maro, an accomplished film actor who has appeared in 77 films including Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill:Vol I. Maro worked with butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata prior to forming Dairakudan in 1972. Mushi ho Hoshi – Space Insect is Maro’s response to a message from space:
For over seven million years, since your birth, we have kept on trying to establish contact with you,
But until this day, you were not able to understand our signals.
And this, despite your having the capacity to do so.
Finally, we have decided to abandon you.
We have already started communicating with other organisms on Earth.
They excel in the understanding of our signals, in their execution.
From now on, your existence will be of no concern to us.
You’re in danger!
Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect
(Premiere date: 26 June 2014, Venue: Setagaya Public Theater, Tokyo Japan
Choreography and direction: Akaji Maro
Music: Keisuke Doi, Jeff Mills
Costumes: Kyoko Domoto
Lighting designer: Noriyuki Mori
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