Butoh dancer Tukasa Kamidate and vocalist/pianist Aya Ogawa are visiting Poland in April during her short European tour. They will play live event in colaboration with Shepherds of Cats, Vj Pietrushka, Mariae Smiarowska, Filip Zawada and saxophonist Matylda Gerber. The Butoh performance will be accompanied by live improvised music and visuals.
Pianist, educator and artist Aya Ogawa lives in Hakodate, Hokkaido. She has played the piano since 1968, has been involved in theatre since 1970 and while working as an educationalist has continued to write songs, organize poetry readings and publish original picture books. These experiences inform her improvisations, which include work with Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Brotzmann, Deku Ogawa and Butoh dancers Hal Tanaka and Tukasa Kamidate.
Tukasa Kamidate is a Butoh dancer from the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, Hokkaido. Between 2010 and 2013, she studied and performed with Kayo Mikami at Torifune Butoh-Sha school. From 2014, after returning to Hokkaido, she is studing with Hal Tanaka, a leading performer of Hoppo Butoh, or northern school of Butoh. She has collaborated with the acclaimed dancer Yuko Yuki and regularly performs solo.
Mariae Smiarowska is an international actor, singer, performer, nomad, collector of experiences, songs, and feelings. She came to Wroclaw to train with Song of the Goat Theatre. Before that, her theatrical and artistic path led her via Krakow, Montréal, Paris, Madrid, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. She is currently based in Wroclaw where she leads workshops connecting body and voice. Here, she also collaborates as an actor and singer with various artistic collectives including the Jubilo Foundation and IP Group, as well as working on her own performance projects.
Matylda Gerber is an up and coming composer and saxophone player from Wroclaw, Poland. She is a regular to the jazz scene in her hometown as well as London, where she participated in projects such as London Improvisers Orchestra, Skronk and Exploratorio. Matylda also spearheads two musical projects in London, which focus on mixing compositions with free-jazz improvisations. In 2015, Matylda played at the esteemed Jazztopad Festival in her native city after which she was featured in the music portal All About Jazz. Establishing her career with the band Kolega Doriana, the group released an album in 2015 to positive reviews from The Free Jazz Collective as well as Redbull Tour de Polonia.
Maciej Piątek aka Vj Pietrushka
Maciej Piątek – Vj Pietrushka / aka Maciej Piatek / is a video artist and filmmaker based in the UK. His work reflects a pure and authentic pursuit of visual experimentations. His video projections function sometimes not only as visual narratives but also as autonomous light beamers. Use of various video techniques such as found footage, collage films & VJing, has helped him to create an original mood & atmosphere around his live sets. His work has been screened & exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as Arnolfini in Bristol, Babylon Cinema in Berlin, The Vienna Künstlerhaus and The Embros Theatre in Athens. Vj Pietrushka shared the stage with artists such as Isnaj Dui and Ben Nigel Potts performing fully improvised live vj sessions.
Very good year of 1975, writer, poet, musician, photographer, performer, film director and art cinema actor, photography teacher at Osrodek Postaw Tworczych and archer (2014, Polish Cup and Polish Champion in Field Archery).
Shepherds of Cats
Shepherds of Cats – formed in early 2014, and had an instant and strong understanding. Their attention to detail is impeccable and have created a deep trust to support each other in the most obscure and ridiculous tangents. Using improvisation as their working method, they create sonic stories and worlds, drenched in incredulity at their own existence, exploring the outer limits of good taste and pushing the limits of what should be considered acceptable. Their compositions are created in real time. They are hunter gatherers – hunting and gathering sounds and re-appropriating them in sometimes inappropriate manners. They have shame but no ego.