Butoh History of Kobayashi Saga
Kobayashi Saga began her Career in Butoh under Hijikata Tatsumi, the founder of Butoh. Soon she became one of main members (such as Ashikawa Yoko, Tamano Kouichi, or Waguri Yukio) of Hijikata's productions. To say in another word, her participation took a part to lead and raise Hijikata's "Hijikata Tatsumi Hangi-Daitoukan" and the second Ankoku Butoh School. In Butoh history it was the time of developing Butoh as Butoh. And Kobayashi was at all the productions during this important period in Butoh history.
Butoh was spread out its attention with astonishment in western countries, too. And Butoh has influenced very much dance in western. Western contemporary dance has very much to do with Butoh still nowadays.
6 years in important period of Hijikata's Hangi-Daitoukan gave Kobayashi different aspects other than dance. Many artists (most of them are nowadays leading Japanese artists) had been with the company and Kobayashi was an important model for them like Hosoe Eitoh, Fukase Masahisa or Araki Tshnenobu.
List of remarkable performances and annual summaries
debut as the role of bride of dog the acant-garde show at Culb Space Capsule in Akasaka, Tokyo
"Ningen-za (human theatre)"
"Honegami-touge Hotoke-kazuta" (title is from a novel by Nosaka Akiyuki) at Art Theatre Shinjuku Culture, Tokyo.
"" at Musashi University.
Fountain Hall, Seibu dept, store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo with "Susame-Damazengo verstion"
"27 nights for four seasons" (Housou-tan, Susame-Dama, Gaisi-kou, Nadare-Ame, Gibasa for its pieces) at Art Theater Shinjuku Culture in Tokyo.
"Silent House - zengo version" as an opening production of Shibuya Seibu theatre (former name of Parco theatre)
Hakutoubou continuously performed at Shinjuku Art Village until 1975 with "Hakutou-zu(white peach picture)", "Beauty and Sickness", "Sun and Moon Ball".
Opening performance with "Red shoes" for Suisei Culb at Theatre Green.
"Story of a liliy of the valley" at west Hall, Kyoto University in Kyoto and at Yotsuya Public Hall in Tokyo.
Collaboration with Hijikata Tatsumi and Hangi-Daitoukan with "Bitter Light" (choreography, direction by Hijikata Tatsumi) at Shibuya Epicurus in Tokyo.
"Strange Fruits II" at Kid-Airakku Hall, Tokyo.
Kobayashi represented Butoh with Ashikawa Yoko by a Hijikata production, "Nihon no Chibusa (Japanese Breast)" in Denmark, England, France, Italy, Swizerland and Netherlands.
Hijikata Tatsumi Nobe-Okuri(farewell) festival (Hijikata passed away in '86)
jam performance for "Gunomu" at Shibuya Jan-Jan, Tokyo
"Peace (eye) of Dog" at Tabata Die Pratze, Tokyo.
"Long Dream" at Takatanobaba Proto Theatre, Tokyo.
"Aura" at Shinjuku Tiny Alice, Tokyo.
Collaboration with Tamano Kouichi, "Fu-gi(ceremony)" at Tokyo FM Hall, Tokyo.
Kobayashi Saga + Kirin "Winter Moon" at Terpsichore in Tokyo.
"White Melting" at Yokohama Iwama Civilian Plaza
"Old Charm Sign" at Terpsichore, Tokyo.
Theater-X International Dance Festival, "Butoh Illusion"
Organized Hijikata Tatsumi 10th anniversary after his death at Terpsichore in Tokyo, and performed "Jiya".
U.S.A: a workshop in San Francisco
Italy: International Performing Art Festival, "Gokikaburi".
"The Slope that named GHOST" at Die Pratze in Tokyo.
M.M.A.C Dance Festival, " Usuba-Kagerou" at Panasonic Globe theatre, Tokyo.
Germany: for Mainz city's project " the conversation with the earth", "Haikagura" production.
France: MDLC Art Festival, "Aura". also collaborations with different
Hijiikata Tatsumi '98 project -8nights for Butoh, to the direction of Tatsumi (northeast) at Terpsichore in Tokkyo, "Aura".
Butoh AURA series began with "Gesshi (teeth of the moon)" at Die Pratze in Tokyo.
A guest, the celebration for the opening of "Hijikatta Tatsumi Archives" Keio University. Kobayashi gave a speech on "27 nights for four seasons" at a symposium.
Butoh AURA series vol.2 "Tsuki-hime (Moon princess)/unconscious flower" at Setagaya Theatre Tram, Tokyo.
Butoh AURA series vol.3 "TsukiTsukiTsuki/Mikaduki/Mayu(moon,mooon,moon/a new moon/a cocoon)" at Kawaguchi Contemporary art museum.
Guest lecture of " Hijikata Tatsumi " at Setagaya Public Theatre.
Guest performance for "Collection 2002" at Die Pratze, Tokyo.
"JADE 2002", the International Dance Festival, as a teacher for a Butoh seminar.
Finland: Anti Festival in Kuopio, "Aura /White Petal"
"JADE2003" the International Dance Festival, Hijikata memorial
"Butoh dancer Tatsumi Hijikata " at Kawasaki Okamoto Taro museum
"Wanna see the Dance! 6" festival, with "Aura histerica/ ero", at Die Pratze, Tokyo
"Kobayashi Saga butoh night -Butoh illusion" at International Culture
"Tokyo Dance organization -like 70's", TOKYO SCENE 2005
"Third Room Thanatos 6", Opening event
Guest performance "Higuma Haruo Invention/ mizu to mizu(water and water)"
"70's in primary colors |Maihime Saga +35-" (Anniversary event for Kobayashi Sagafs 35th butoh history) at Gallery LE DECO
"Ume no sunakusa -Words of Butoh / written by Saga Kobayashi" Published by Atelier Third
Sagamihara artists association exhabition, celebration of the 15th
"Dance Selection -Fumihazushi vol.5" at Theatre Babylon, Tokyo
Finland: Butoh workshop and lecture for 5 days at the academy of fine arts of Finland in Helsinki
Movie "Ma Gu Sa Re" director/ Tsutsui Katsuhiko Performer/ Kobayashi Saga, Miyashita Shouji, Naruse Nobuhiko at Thanatos 6, Tokyo.
"Rapuka" composition/ Kobayashi Saga Sponsor/ Theatre zero at NOWON Culture & Art Center
"Kobayashi Saga solo Butoh performance -Hanbunmu (Half Dream)" at Theatre Babylon, Tokyo Direction & Perfomance/ Kobayashi Saga Music/ Ishikawa Raita Lighting/ Aikawa Masaaki Art&Costume/ Kobayashi Kazufumi, Kai Sayaka Sound/ Adachi Garan Cooperation/ Tokyo Babylon Organaization/ NOSURI
"Dance Selection -Fumihazushi vol.6" at Theatre Babylon, Tokyo. "Ko/Gi/Tooon" Perfomance/ Kobayashi Saga + NOSURI Direction & Choreography/ Kobayashi Saga Music/ Ishikawa Raita Lighting/ Aikawa Masaaki Sound/ Adachi Garan