Dancing travel in Japan: from Kumano Kodo to Tokyo with a dancing spirit
Fourteen years ago, in 2004, among the shelves of a library, I met the title Shobogenzo (Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) by the 13th century Japanese Buddhist monk Eihei Dogen. From that moment it began the meditation path that would lead me to butoh dance.
Fourteen years later, in 2018, I danced at the Hokkaido Butoh Festival with my new performance Poison Moon. Who would have thought!
I decided to use this opportunity to organize a dancing trip to Japan. So I moved from Sapporo to Kumano Kodo, from Tanabe to Kyoto, from Yokohama to Tokyo visiting the most sacred places in Japan and meeting various artists.
In Hokkaido I had the amazing opportunity and the honor to participate at the Hokkaido Butoh Festival with my performance Poison Moon. There, I met the photographer Genki Kitai and we created a photo project dancing in the Moerenuma Park, a comprehensive park in Sapporo that is intended to be the base of the “Circular Greenbelt Concept” that combines the green spaces of the city of Sapporo within a loop.
Flying to Osaka, I moved to Tanabe to take Kumano Kodo: the sacred pilgrimage of Japan, a walking path of 60 km that connects the three main shrines in place. This ancient road still leads the pilgrims today on a spiritual journey in the sacred mountain. I have been there to dance with that ancient forest and it was a very inspiring experience.
Returning to Tokyo, I stopped in Kyoto for four days, visiting many temples and stopping in beautiful gardens, watching the dance of the leaves and drinking the precious tea traditional chanoyu, the tea ceremony.
My trip to Japan was full of dance from Sapporo to Kumano Kodo, from Kyoto to Tokyo. In Yokohama I met Yoshito Ohno and I danced in the Kazuo Ohno Center, wearing some dresses from Kazuo Ohno’s archive.
Immersed in the wonderful contradictions of Tokyo, between sophisticated technology and the traditional temples, I danced in Tokyo’s streets photographed by my friend Yulia Sko. What an amazing experience!