Ohno Kazuo’s Lessons for a French Choreographer

Ô Senseï by Catherine Diverrès

Authored by: Miyagawa Mariko

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138691094
eBook ISBN: 9781315536132
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Catherine Diverrès, a French choreographer and dancer, studied under Ohno Kazuo (1906–2010) in the early 1980s. Although she does not insist on the direct influence of Ohno on her recent work, she choreographed a piece entitled Ô Senseï in 2012 to pay homage to Ohno after his death in 2010. “Sensei” means master or professor in Japanese, and “Ô” suggests the first initial of Ohno’s name. Diverrès studied with him in the 1980s, and this experience impacted all of her subsequent choreography. But how did Ohno’s lessons change Diverrès’ way of creating her dances? How was Ohno seen by this French choreographer? What of his influence may be seen in her choreography today?

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