ABOUT TETSURO

■Tetsuro Fukuhara

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Tetsuro Fukuhara is choreographer, writer, photographer, and director of Tokyo Space Dance and SPACE MUSEUM Corp..

His first teacher was Akira Kasai, he was very surprised with a new way of Butoh as a dance technique. Kazuo Ohno taught a way how to enjoy Butoh. At last Tatsumi Hijikata suggested to him one special mission which he should develop as an artist. Hijikata’s teaching was most important for him. He have developed Butoh as an improvisation dance and he carries on Butoh as Butoh-Space Dance.

On 1972-1975, He studied Improvisation Butoh dance from Akira Kasai. He belongs to the second generation of Butoh. On 1975, He started his own works in Tokyo. On 1983, He joined “Story of Seven Herbs” directed by Tatsumi Hijikata, then he founded Tokyo Space Dance. On 1990, He made his debut in Paris and Berlin supported by Japan Foundation.

Fukuhara has launched abroad and formed a network overseas since 1990. He is making an effort to establish a new dance without being limited to Japanese Butoh in partnership with foreign cooperators supported by Japan Foundation, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada Council and several foreign foundations.

On 1995, His successfull performance in “East Winds Festival of New Butoh” in London secured his status as internationally known performer. Except his productions in Europe and American areas he especially succeeded in Beirut in the Middle East on 1996, also Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Istanbul, Ankara, Monterrey and Mexico City between 2000 and 2002, these were meaningful successes because he discovered the new point of view towards Japanese culture from the third aspect besides Asia and Europe.

Meanwhile, he tackles the production of socialization of art and social development program in and out of country. On 1994 he could meet with a theory of Affordance in the field of cognitive science and a very strange nice artist, Shusaku Arakawa who made a space, a park, and a house without a flat surface only with a slope. When he has danced in Shusaku’s space named “Site of Reversible Destiny, Yoro” in Okayama, Japan, a new idea of Space Dance burst upon him.

Then he has started a project called “Space Dance” as a collaboration with “Dance + Architecture + Information + Design” by the cooperation with dancers, artists, scientists, technicians and researchers. On 1998, He made “Digital Space Dance” supported by Japanese Ministry of Trade and “Behaviors in the Computer Space” supported by Japanese Ministry of Education.

On 2000 – 2003, His appearances at many international cultural events such as “Space Dance Performance and Lecture” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory in Boston, at the United Nations in New York, at the media art festival “ISEA 2002” in Nagoya, and at several foreign locations were praised for giving tremendous impacts to the audience. He could founded that “Space Dance” is not only a new dance art but also a new design movement that leads the cultural scenes of 21st century. Also, he was a lecturer at Architectural department of Musashino Art University on 1997 – 2001, and at Architectural department of Kantogakuin University on 2001 – 2003.

Then on 2004 – 2006, He had a study and its publishing of “Space Dance, Someday in the Universe” as a representative researcher with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Tokyo, also he come in “7th Space & Arts Workshop” supported by the European Space Agency and LEONARD in the Netherlands. Also he continues to teach Space Dance at many universities around the world to develop new talented students. ON 2006 in Monaco, in “UNESCO Prise for Digital Arts”, “Space Dance in the Robotic Universe” was selected as “20 Project in the World”. On 2007 in Tokyo, he hold “Space Dance in the Tube” at Hoya Primary School with 440 students and Tama Science Museum with many audiences, it was the talk of the town and TV news. Then in Praha, he joined an International Conference “MutaMorphosis: Challenging Arts and Sciences” supported by CIANT and LEONARD.

On 2008 a book of “Space Dance” by Tetsuro Fukuhara was published by Shunju-sha publishing company in Tokyo. And, on 2009, “Space Dance in the Tube” was hold at Bangkok and Kampala at the Patravadi Thearter and the National Theatre supported by Japan Foundation, Japanese Emabassies, JICA, and the United Nations Uganda Office. We can see its news on “Bangkok Post” as “REDISCOVERING THE BODY”

On 2010-2012, “Space Dance in the Tube” was hold in Hiroshima, Tokyo, Kawaguchi, Kamakura, New York, Kampala, Nairobi, Paris, London, Braunchweig, Milano, Roma, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Nara, Nagoya, Inabe, Yokohama, Niigata, Fukui, Kagawa, Kochi, Santiago, Havana, Mexico City, Osaka, Kyoto, Mito, Kofu. Space Dance Project was a talk of the town and TV and news papers(ASAHI News PapersSouth China Morning Post<1>South China Morning Post<2>YAMANASHI News Papers). On 2013-2015 at Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center, Nagoya DOME, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Echigo-Tsumari Contemporary Art Museum, and Eskisehir Science Center 150,000 audiences come to this project and enjoyed a Space Tube.

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◇1994: “Passage Festival”[Tokyo, Kiryu, Kyoto, Cardiff, Paris](Japan Foundation, French Embassy, British Council, NHK, Mainichi-Newspaper, Kyoto-shi, Chapter Arts Centre, Japan Embassy in Paris supported)

◇1995: “East Winds Festival of New Butoh”[London](Arts Council of England, Japan Foundation supported)

◇1996: “Space Dance in Nagi on the architectural space by Shusaku Arakawa”[Okayama]. “Affinity”[Beirut, Melbourne](Japan Foundation, Japan Embassy in Lebanon supported). “International Dance Meeting”[Roma](Roma City supported)

◇1997: “Space Dance, Body of the Future “[London, Roma](Arts Council of England, Dartington College supported). “Digital Space Dance”[Shiroishi-city](Japanese Ministry of Trade supported)

◇1998: “Space Dance, Body of the Future”[Detroit, London, Rome, Napoli](The Japan Foundation, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Consulate General of Japan, DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Citta della supported)

◇1999: “Behaviors in the Computer Space”[Tokyo](Japanese Ministry of Education supported)

◇2000: “Space Dance, Body of the Future “[New York, Kuala Lumpur, London](Japan Foundation, Suny Stonybrook University, Jimmy Lim House, London Butoh Network supported). “Space Dance Presentation”[Boston](Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Laboratory supported). “Monaco Danses Dances Forum”[Monaco](Government of Monaco supported)

◇2001: “Space Dance, dance meets with information at tea house”[Tokyo](Tokyo Desingn Center, NEC supported). “Space Dance at the United Nations”[New York](United Nations Japanese Book Club supported). “Space Dance in Turkey”[Ankara, Istanbul, Tarsus, Mersin](Embassy of Japan in Ankara-Turkey, Consulate General of Japan in Istanbul, the Ministry of Foreign Affair supported). “Space Dance Workshop”[Singapore](Lasalle-SIA supported). “Space Dance Workshop in Japan 2001″[London, Edinburgh](London Butoh Network, Japan Festival Found, British Airways and the others supported)

◇2002: “Space Dance, Memories Square”[Tokyo Bayside Area](Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo News Paper, Tokyo MX TV supported). “Space Dance”[Istanbul, Paris, Nagoya、Monterrey, Mexico City](Japan Foundation、Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree、MAYA Sanat、ISEA2002、Conarte、INBA、Mexico National Arts Center supported)

◇2003: “Space Dance”[Toronto](Ryerson University supported). “Space Dance”[Istanbul](MAYA Sanat, Yildiz Technical University and Mimar Sinan University supported)

◇2004: “Space Dance, Someday in the Universe”[Tokyo](Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency supported). “7th Space & Art Workshop”[Noordwijk, Netherlands](European Space Agency, LEONARD supported). “Space Dance”[Tokyo, Totnes, New York, Paris](Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Dartington College of Arts, CAVE, Palais de Tokyo supported)

◇2005: “Space Dance, Someday in the Universe”[Tokyo](Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency supported). “Space Design and Life Style Design”[Fukuoka](International Astronautical Congress 2005 supported). “Study Program”[Tokyo](Obayashi Foundation supported). “Space Dance”[Paris, Istanbul, Abidjan](Yerabatan, CATI supported)

◇2006: “Space Dance in the Tube”[Tokyo Design Center](JAXA, Tokyo Design Center, TORAY, Obayashi Foundation, Institution of Future Technology supported). “Space Dance” with a conference by Jean-Mark Adolphe[Brussels, Luxembourg](Tree&Leaf, Galerie QG Salzinsel supported). “New Butoh and Space Dance”[Leeds](Leeds University supported). “Space Dance, Someday in the Universe” publishing[Tokyo](Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency supported). “Science Agora 2006″[Tokyo](Japan Science & Technology Agency and Ministry of Education & Science supported). “Space Dance in the Robotic Universe”[Monaco](Monaco Dance Forum supported) In “UNESCO Prise for Digital Arts”, selected as “20 Project in the World”.

◇2007: “Space Dance in the Tube, Hoya Primary School”[Tokyo](Tama Science Museum supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Tokyo](Tama Science Museum and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency supported). “Space Dance in the Tube, Otemachi Cafe”[Tokyo](National Institute of Science & Technology of Ministry Education, Institution of Future Technology and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency supported). “Science Agora 2007″[Tokyo](Japan Science & Technology Agency and Ministry of Education & Science supported)

◇2008: “Space Dance in the Tube, Akasaka Primary School”[Tokyo](Minato-Ward supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kampala/Uganda](National Theatre, Keiga Dance Company, Unated Nations Uganda Office supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kita-Kyushu](Space World supported). “Science Agora 2008″[Tokyo](Japan Science & Technology Agency and Ministry of Education & Science supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Tokyo](Asahi Art Square supported)

◇2009: “Space Dance in the Tube”[Bangkok/Thai, Kampala/Uganda](Japan Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese Embassy, JICA, Sillapakorn Art University, National Theatre, Keiga Dance Company, Unated Nations Uganda Office supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Hiroshima](Hiroshima Ebayama Meteorological Museum supported). “Space Dance in the Tube, Kakeizuka Primary School”[Tokyo](Shibuya University supported). “Space Dance in the Tubel”[Tokyo](National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Regional Exchange Center supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kawaguchi](Kawaguchi Board of Education, Young Astronauts Club-Japan supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kamakura](Kanto-Gakuin University supported)

◇2010-2012: “Space Dance in the Tube”[New York, Kampala, Nairobi, Paris, London, Braunchweig, Milano, Roma, Frankfurt, Istanbul](National Theater, several institutions, and several universities supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Nara](Ieon Takamanohara supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Nagoya](Ai-Chikyuhaku Memorial Park supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kawaguchi](Kawaguchi Arts Gallery supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Inabe-City](Inabe-City supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Yokohama](Yokohama National University supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Niigata](Niigata Prefectural Science Museum supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Fukui](Fukui Science Museum supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kagawa](Sanuki Children Museum supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kochi](Karport Kochi supported)

◇2013: “Space Dance in the Tube”[Santiago, Chile](Centro Cultural Estacion Mapocho supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Havana, Cuba](International Dance Festival/Ciudad de la Havana supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[New York](“IDEAS CITY by New Museum” at Studio Anise). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Mexico City](TLATELOLCO and Japan Foundation supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Roma](Studio Duncan 3.0 supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Tokyo, Mito](Komazawa Housing Display Park, Mito Housing Display Park supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto](Aeon Nagoya Dome, Aeon Osaka, Aeon Kyoto supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Tokyo](Ario Kameari supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kofu](Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center supported)

◇2014-2015: “Space Dance in the Tube”[Nagoya Dome](Nagoya Dome, TV Aichi supported)/ “Space Dance in the Tube”[Kofu](Yamanashi Prefectural Science Center supported). “Space Dance in the Tube”[Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo]. “Space Dance in the Tube”[Echigo-Etsumari Modern Art Museum]. “Space Dance in the Tube”[Eskisehir Science Center].

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