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In the Shadow of the Valley of Death - 死の谷間の中の影 – Ken Mai Butoh


Cultural Centre Caisa, Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki, Helsinki

In the Shadow of the Valley of Death. The title is quoted from a work in an early album by rock singer Marilyn Manson. A poetic word that is truly inspiring.

The contents of this work are life, death and sacred love in ritualistic and poetic world.
A man who is reviving from death and the ghost of a woman are in sacred love and it will be carved into the soul beyond the physical presence. The tolerant spirit of love that accepts the relationship with the universe consciousness.
This solo work invited a Ballet dancer Jessi Räty as an assistant performer, and the contrast of Butoh & Ballet aesthetic will be further increased beautifully, and space - time will be transformed, and eternal moments will be shared.

Ken Mai is a Japanese international butoh artist, choreographer and teacher living in Helsinki since 2006. He has been performing, teaching, and collaborating with various artists throughout Europe, The US, Latin America, and Japan since the beginning of the '90s. His art is based on butoh and also combines his background studies of Gymnastics, Martial arts, Modern dance, Ballet, Singing, and Zen philosophy. He expresses profoundly the life, death of nature, being, and love through the darkness.

Duration: circa 45 min

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