The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance

at Antonin Artaud Performance Centre

Brunel University, London




The World from within and without

(in memoriam Kazuo Ohno)

Yumi Sagara and Biyo Kikuchi (Maison Artaud, Tokyo) performing at Artaud Performance Centre, West London

April 4-5, 2011



A two-day conference & performance laboratory

Artaud Performance Centre

This symposium and performance laboratory initiates a series of annually held research events at Brunel University's Antonin Artaud Performance Centre, bringing together an invited group of international theatre and dance artists, musicians, digital artists, art theorists and researchers engaged in creative practices that reflect on major innovative performance traditions of the past century and their impact on current performance knowledge and physical (or physical-digital) techniques.

The first instalment of the ARTAUD FORUM is dedicated to the memory of Kazuo Ohno and the complex convergences/ differences between Japanese and Western performative methods. The symposium and workshop are composed of dialogue and performance practice, intermixed with film screenings, a live performance and a photographic exhibition

Participants observers are welcome to enrol for a fee of £ 60 (£ 45 concession) which includes catering.

The "Workshop Words," as the late Kazuo Ohno called reflections on his practice, are published online on our ArtaudForum website and links to performance films/documents are below insided the program.

Workshop Words

The keynote speakers provide important stimulus to the conference from various perspectives, informing & challenging our thinking onthe conference theme.



Biyo Kikuchi (Choreographer/dancer, Kazuo Ohno Studios/Maison Artaud, Tokyo)

Olu Taiwo (Choreographer; lecturer in performing arts, University of Winchester)

Edward Scheer (Assoc. Professor in Theatre/Performance Studies, University of New South Wales & President PSi, Performance Studies international, Sidney)

Steve Dixon (Professor of Digital Arts and Performance, Brunel University)

Katsura Isobe (Choreographer/dancer, London)

Katarzyna Pastuszak (artistic director of Amareya Theatre & curator of the Gdansk Dance Festival / Club ZAK, Gdansk, Poland).

Sebastian Prantl (Director, Tanzatelier Wien, Austria)

Damien Serban (Filmmaker, Paris)

Peter Sempel (Filmmaker, Hamburg)

Karolina Bieszczad-Roley (Researcher/photographer, Oslo)

Michèle Danjoux (Designer, Principal Lecturer, Fashion, De Montfort University)

Gordana Novakovic (Artist-in-Residence, Computer Science Department, University College London, Tesla Art and Science Group)

Ksenia Yakunicheva (Researcher in design and performance, St Petersburg)

Soenke Zehle (director XMLab, Academy of Arts Saarbrücken)


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"I'm Here"

(Katsura Isobe, with Manabu Shimada)

"Cell Dislocation"

(Biyo Kikuchi)


Physical Workshop

Biyo Kikuchi (day 1) and Olu Taiwo (day 2)


Film Screening [UK Premiere]

Peter Sempel, "Just Visiting this Planet" (1991)


Video Installation


(Yann Bertrand & Damien Serban)


Exhibition of photography

"Invisible butoh"

Karolina Bieszczad-Roley (Oslo)


Coordinated by Johannes Birringer (Professor of Drama and Performance Technologies, School of Arts) with Hironobu Oikawa (director, Maison Artaud, Tokyo)


Monday, April 4

10:00 Registration / Coffee (Artaud Performance Centre)

11:oo Keynote: Steve Dixon on the theatre and its doubles

12:00 Welcome address, Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University

Roundtable 1 (with presentations by Johannes Birringer, Katarzyna Pastuszak & Olu Taiwo)

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 16:30 Physical Lab (Biyo Kikuchi)

17:00 Roundtable 2 : Reflections on "Artaud System"

18:30 Reception / dinner buffet Artaud Performance Centre

19:30 Opening: Video installation & Photography Exhibition

20:30 Performance "I'm here" Katsura Isobe with Manabu Shimada

21:oo "Just Visiting this Planet" UK Film Premiere (Peter Sempel)

Tuesday, April 5

10:00 Keynote: Edward Scheer: Body without Organs: Artaud and butoh

11:00 "Cell Dislocation" Live Performance (Biyo Kikuchi)

11:30 Roundtable 3

(with presentations by Michèle Danjoux, Ksenia Yakunicheva, Gordana Novakovic, Karolina Bieszczad-Roley, Soenke Zehle and Damien Serban)

13:30 Lunch break

14:30 Physical Lab (Biyo Kikuchi, Olu Taiwo, Katsura Isobe, Johannes Birringer)

17:00 Roundtable 4

18:00 Concluding Remarks


We look forward to see you at the lab!

We are proud to present the UK premiere of 'Just Visiting this Planet,' Peter Sempel's masterful poetic film tribute to the late Kazuo Ohno, first released in 1991 and shown all over the world, including Int. Filmfestival Berlin, Filmfestival Sao Paulo, Anthology Film Archives New York, Fantasia Filmfestival Madrid, Cinemateque Tel Aviv, Festival Int. Nouveau Cinema Montreal, Hall Walls Buffalo, Rockefeller Music Hall Oslo, Festival Int. du Film d'Art Paris, Int. Filmfestival Helsinki, Museo Nacionale Brasilia, Festival Monumental Lisboa, Int. Tanzfilmtage Dresden, Ex+Pop Berlin, etc.


Premiere Screening in London

April 5, 18:oo

Daiwa Foundation JAPAN House 13-14 Cornwall Terrace London NW1 4QP

Tickets are free if you call and make reservation

Peter Sempel grew up in the Australian outback, studied at Hamburg University: physical education + literature, loves to visit opera and punk concerts on same day, is a fanatic of culture, loves performance of the sun, and doubts that the sun is round. He started MusicFilms in 1981, Most of his films are supported by Filmfoerderung/Culture-department of City Hamburg,and distributed by Pandora,SilverCine; his screenings have often been supported by Goethe-Institute, and since 2003 the films are shown on German art-tv: ZDF/3sat and ARTE. He also presents photo exhibitions and videoshows in galleries, museums & cinemas.


For registration and film tickets contact: or call Janette West at 01895 267823



Accommodation at special rates available at:

Lancaster Conference Suite

Brunel University

Kingston Lane

Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH

Tel: 01895 268001_Fax: 01895 269696 email: ''


This event is programmed by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance and supported by the Brunel University Graduate School, Goethe-Institut London, and DAIWA Foundation Japan House.




(c) 2011 The Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance, Johannes Birringer (acting director)