Atsushi Takenouchi


Atsushi Takenouchi joined Butoh dance company "Hoppo-Butoh-ha" in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company "Takazashiki"(1984) was worked on by Butoh-founder Tatsumi Hijikata.  He has been working on his own Jinen Butoh since 1986 and created solos "Tanagokoro", "Ginkan", "Itteki" as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times and his impressions of the moment, formulated from the people around him, and the environment.

He toured Japan between 1996 and 1999. He also studied a spirit of the universe under Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno.

In 1999 he toured Jinen Butoh "Sun & Moon" and led Butoh workshops in Europe and Asia for six months. Since autumn 2002 he has been mainly based in Europe for one year arts fellowship funded by a Japanese government. And he has been working on Butoh dance collaboration project with dancers and actors in France, Poland and other countries. 2005 July, he presents his solo performance "Stone" at Theatre Golovine in Avignon and choreograph a Butoh procession with twenty dancers through Avignon city in the festival. In 2006, he choreographed and presented “Butoh Byou” group Butoh performance in Paris. He also performs his butoh piece “KI ZA MU” ( Osaka/2005, London/2005, Poland/2005, Canada/2006, Venice/2006 ), inspired by his collaboration work experience with various artists; musician, sculptor, painter, costume designer, architect.