Poetry Images Theatre: We, Symbols All Poetry Images Theatre: We, Symbols All Poetry Images Theatre: We, Symbols All

Poetry Images Theatre: We, Symbols All

Poem/Director:Mathias Woo
Guest Performer:Takao Kawaguchi
English Translation:Diana Liao

  • About Takao KAWAGUCHI (Tokyo. Dancer/Performer)

    Born in 1962, currently based and live in Tokyo. Joined in student theatre at college, and learned pantomime-based movement techniques. Upon return from studying in Spain for one year, Kawaguchi began dancing and co-founded ATA DANCE with Yoshifuku Atsuko in 1990. In 1996, he joined the Japanese multimedia artist collective Dumb Type and participated in “Or” (1997), “Memorandum” (1998), and “Voyage” (2002). In parallel, Kawaguchi began working solo from 2000 and collaborated with artists of different disciplines including Yamakawa Fuyuki, Itoh Atsuhiro, Manabe Daito (Rhizomatiks), and Fujimoto Takayuki (Dumb Type) – to explore live performance crossing borders of theatre, dance, visual image, and fine arts. From 2008 onwards, he began the solo performance series “A Perfect Life”; the 6th work of which, “From Okinawa to Tokyo”, was presented at the 5th Yebisu Eizo Festival at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in 2013. Recently he has approached Butoh in “The Sick Dancer” (2012) based on the text of the Butoh founder Hijikata Tatsumi, and “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces” (world premiere in 2013). The latter was shown at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels in 2016; nominated for the NYC Bessie Award for 2016-17; it was also presented at Théâtre de la Ville à Paris (Festival d’Automne à Paris) in October 2018. The piece has been performed over 70 times at over 30 cities around the world – including Berlin, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, and Bangkok; it is still touring to date. Latest works include “Touch of the Other” (2015, Los Angeles; 2016, Tokyo), which was based on the archive materials of sociological studies of male-to-male impersonal sex at public places from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles; and solo dance “Blackout” (2018, Tokyo).

    We, Symbols all

    We, Symbols all
    Symbols in a world of symbols
    A role, an image
    A barter, a bargain
    1 + 0’s 0 + 1
    1 + 1 = Total
    0 + 1 = Total
    I am you I am he I am she
    I am we and they
    I am the world the world is I
    I am I am I
    The world has no one but me
    In life, anything goes
    Anything, o yes anything
    Anything goes
    Ideal is a string of words
    A series of slogans
    Five sayings four epithets
    We are the world
    We sing
    We run
    We jump
    We walk
    Step by step
    On the high-rise
    Under the open sea
    We are water we are fire
    We are mountain we are wind
    That moment
    That scene
    That laugh
    That sight
    A patch of blue
    Blue patches are now a flash of pale white memory

    Game over in a flash Let there be light
    Politics of politics
    Politics for politics
    Play of symbols
    Play of words
    Words and speech morphed into weapons
    Constantly wrecking
    Constantly regrouping
    Making the world a better place
    A better place
    Gentle as wind and water
    Brilliant as the shining moon
    To destroy is to rebuild
    The world on its head
    The world on its feet
    No law no heaven
    For the people
    New world old world
    Heroes, anti-heroes
    Genius, morons
    Without 100 years of solitude
    Nor one thousand / ten thousand years
    Ten thousand ten thousand years

    I want it now
    River of no return upload download
    Smart start
    The post post post post modern world of 0+1
    The no and no of right and wrong
    One second is too much
    I want it now
    Spring flowers autumn moon wind flower talk to moon
    Lust and hope
    Note and keep
    Way and truth
    Life and death

    What we know and feel
    How we laugh and cry
    Our despair
    And our tears
    Have all become…
    Storylines and screen images

    Voices and roaring fires
    Nothing has anything real
    Nor anything has anything fake
    Images after images
    Memories over memories
    Illusions on illusions
    A whole life during this life
    No snow no rain
    No breeze no falling leaves
    No autumn no winter
    No more…

    You and I
    When the sun turned white
    You sent me a text message
    The moment today’s world ends tomorrow
    You and I will be faded shadows
    On the streets that no longer are
    Dark shadows one by one
    Sink into the grey earth
    Step by step you and I
    The time is 7 minutes 7 seconds past 7pm
    You and I before the flash of white light
    Is it the end ending
    Has the past passed
    Yangtze Yellow River Victoria Harbour
    A glass of water
    A puff of white smoke
    How many years, how many fallen leaves
    Wind is blowing, wind is blowing
    Mobile phone is beeping
    I am here I am here
    In Harajuku and on Charing Cross Road
    In the square on Chang An Da Jie
    In the café of existentialists
    When breath is sucked in
    Like the silver river of fading memories
    Gently in gently out
    Light as feather heavy as mountain
    Green on green the bamboo leaves
    White on white the floating clouds
    Two hands
    Two eyes
    Tears flow and sparkle
    For billions of years
    Remnants of blue ballpoint writings erased
    from the yellowing paper of my black notebook
    To Be or Not to Be
    I write therefore I am
    Tunes from the music box
    You’ve let me taste happiness
    Like a Rolling Stone
    Water red as wine
    Red is the fountain pen
    Floating clouds flowing water
    Fuck you fuck you
    Perfect moment to fly me to the moon

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