a n n o u n c e m e n t:: 

The World from within and without

(in memoriam of Kazuo Ohno)

Monday and Tuesday, 4-5 April 2011
Artaud Performance Centre, Brunel University, West London, UK

Registration is now open!

This symposium and performance laboratory initiates a series of annually held research events at Brunel University’s Artaud Performance Centre. Bringing together an invited group of international theatre and dance artists, filmmakers, photographers, 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-workshop is composed of dialogue and performance practice, intermixed with live dance, film screenings and a photographic exhibition. 

The “Workshop Words,” as the late Kazuo Ohno called reflections on his practice, will be published by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance.

The featured participants will provide important stimulus to the conference from various perspectives, informing and challenging our thinking about the conference theme.

Participant observers are welcome to enrol for a £60 conference fee (£45 concession). The registration fee includes access to workshops, buffet lunches (Monday and Tuesday) and dinner (Monday) along with tea and coffee.


Biyo Kikuchi (Choreographer/dancer, Kazuo Ohno Studios/Maison Artaud, Tokyo), Olu Taiwo (Choreographer; Lecturer in Performing Arts, University of Winchester), Edward Scheer (Associate Professor in Theatre and 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), Katherine Mezur (Fellow, International Research Centre, Freie University Berlin), 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)


Performance:  “I am Here” (Katsura Isobe, with Manabu Shimada)
Performance:  “Cell Dislocation”  (Biyo Kikuchi) 
Film Screening: “Just Visiting this Planet” [Horse flies across the Sky], (Peter Sempel) 
Video installations:  “Chrysalide" (Yann Bertrand & Damien Serban);  “Ukiyo [Floating Worlds]” (Dap-Lab)
Photography:  Karolina Bieszczad-Roley 

Program sequence available at:

Co-ordinated by Johannes Birringer (Professor of Drama and Performance Technologies, School of Arts, Brunel University) with Hironobu Oikawa (director, Maison Artaud, Tokyo, JP)

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 São Paulo, Anthology Film Archives New York, Fantasia Filmfestival Madrid, Cinematèque Tel Aviv, Festival Int. Nouveau Cinema Montréal, 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. 
Screenings in London:

April 4, 21:oo Artaud Performance Centre, Brunel University
April 5, 18:oo Daiwa Foundation JAPAN House  13-14 Cornwall Terrace London NW1 4QP
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 Filmförderung/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 mainly independent galleries & cinemas. 
Registration is now open.

For registration, contact:  [log in to unmask] or call Janette West at 01895 267823

This event is programmed by the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance and supported by the Brunel University Graduate School, the Goethe Institute, DAIWA Foundation and The Japan Foundation.