SAYOKO ONISHI / LIVIO MINAFRA

Sayoko Onishi & Livio Minafra

Livio Minafra: piano and more
Sayoko Onishi: dance

A dancer who plays. A musician who dances.

Sayoko Onishi is the creator of the New Butoh dance, a method that blends the roots of classical Butoh with contemporary dance. He danced all over the world and combines the performer activity with that of teaching.

Livio Minafra did not invent a style but has one of his own, decidedly parallel to Onishi, where classical music meets improvisation, contemporary music, ethnic music.

Born for Miniature, the festival of the Italian New Butoh Dance Association, the duo bases its approach on the hic et nunc, without rehearsals, without agreements and without pre-made songs or scenes. A spirit that recalls the freedom of a certain type of avant-garde jazz, often inclined to encounters with dance. A strong and fragile duo, true and open-minded, which brings to mind Peter Kowald or Misha Mengelberg’s Instant Composers Pool.

 

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