CGP London: Kokoro Dance Live Programme Across London This July

CGP London, London.

Kokoro Dance Live Programme

Established in Vancouver in 1986, Kokoro Dance are one of the worlds’ leading butoh dance companies, touring their productions internationally, led by its founders Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi.

Jonathan Baldock and CGP London have invited Kokoro’s Jay and Barbara to perform a series of live events in London this July.

On the 2, 7 and 8 July, in collaboration with Baldock within his exhibition There’s No Place Like Home at CGP London’s Dilston Grove gallery; Kokoro will perform amongst Jonathan’s sculptural installation, activating the works and inhabiting the former church with their strange created characters clothed in Jonathan’s costumes.

In addition to this, Kokoro Dance will premier their 2003 work (  ) for the first time in the UK at Bold Tendencies. This rare chance to witness Kokoro perform from their renowned repertoire live, having danced together for more than 30 years, will be combined with the opportunity to participate in a workshop at Siobhan Davies Studios.

Baldock began collaborating with Kokoro Dance during his exhibition at The Apartment gallery in Vancouver where Barbara and Jay were invited to activate aspects of Jonathan’s show Hot Spots. Following this, Kokoro invited Jonathan to design sets and costumes for their 2015 production The Book of Love.

Butoh is a modern Japanese dance, an artistic aesthetic searching for one’s own original movement expression. Kokoro Dance’s butoh is distinct and unique. It uses motion to express emotion, to create journeys that speak from the bodies of the dancers to the bodies of the audiences.

Performances within Jonathan Baldock // There’s No Place Like Home at CGP London’s Dilston Grove:

Sunday 2 July, 4-5pm
Friday 7th July, 7-9pm
Saturday 8 July, 4-5pm

Join Jonathan Baldock and Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance at Dilston Grove for a series of three special performances immersed within Baldock’s new installation at CGP London, There’s No Place Like Home.

Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi will interact within the vast Dilston Grove installation wearing specially created costumes accompanied by live music.

All performances are free and wheelchair accessible.
Please book your free place for any of the 3 events via email to

Kokoro Dance Butoh Workshop
Monday 3 July, 6.30-8.30pm
Siobhan Davies Studios: Roof Studio

Join us at Siobhan Davies Studios for the rare opportunity to participate in a unique dance workshop delivered by Kokoro Dance.

After a physical warm up and introduction of the butoh approach to dance, Kokoro Dance directors Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi will introduce the way butoh uses interior imagery to inform physical movement by teaching some of the choreography from (   ), the dance work that the company will perform on 4 July at Bold Tendencies in South East London.

Venue Information
Siobhan Davies Studios 
85 St George’s Road
London SE1 6ER
Reception: 020 7091 9650

£5, Concessions £4 (students, over 65+, Jobseekers)
Book here

A limited amount of combined tickets are available for those who would like to participate in the dance workshop on Monday 3 July and see the performance of (   ) by Kokoro Dance at Bold Tendencies on Tuesday 4 July

Combined tickets for Bold Tendencies & Siobhan Davies Studios Workshop: £7.50
Book here

CGP London & Bold Tendencies Present: Kokoro Dance (   )

Tuesday 4 July, Floor 8, Bold Tendencies, Peckham
Doors open: 6.30pm
Performance: 7.30pm
Performance duration: 71mins

Join us at Bold Tendencies for the rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most renowned butoh companies live amidst the stunning concrete multi-storey car park setting.

(   ) pronounced ‘brackets’ is a site specific performance by Kokoro founders Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, accompanied by the music of Sigur Rós. (   ) is a deeply moving work that centres around a shallow grave, exploring life and death, departure and loss, love and resurrection. (   ) was originally commissioned for the 2003 InFrinGing Dance festival in Nanaimo, British Columbia by Holly Bright for the unusual setting of a climbing gym with gravel floor.

Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós have composed for Merce Cunningham. Sigur Rós sing in a made-up language they call “Haplandic” that drifts towards sounding like English so as to convey hints of connotative meanings. The title of this work is taken from the title of their album. Sigur Rós gave no titles to the tracks of this album and no notes to the music. They prefer that their listeners make their own meaning for their music and lyrics, a preference Kokoro also share. Jay and Barbara’s interest in dance is in the provocation of an emotional response rather than upon intellectual reflection.

Venue Information:
Bold Tendencies
Floor 8
7th-10th Floors Multi-Storey Car Park
95a Rye Lane
London SE15 4ST

(   ) Credits:
Choreography/Performance: Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi
Costumes: Tsuneko Kokubo
Music: ( ) by Sigur Rós (used with permission)
Acknowledgements: Kokoro Dance gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs, Province of British Columbia, and Holly Bright, InFringing Dance Festival

Jonathan Baldock // There’s No Place Like Home
CGP London (The Gallery and Dilston Grove)
Exhibition runs until 30 July open Thurs-Sun 11-5pm
Free admission
Live performances at Dilston Grove with Kokoro Dance: 2, 8th July at 4pm, Friday 7 July 7-9pm

Siobhan Davies Dance
Founded and led since 1988 by pioneering choreographer Siobhan Davies CBE, Siobhan Davies Dance has evolved over the years from a national & international touring dance company into a ground-breaking investigative contemporary arts organisation.

Bold Tendencies
Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation that has been based in Peckham, South East London, since 2007 and is located on the disused top four floors of the municipal car park. Over a 10 year period Bold Tendencies – together with its partner projects, Frank’s Cafe and award-winning resident The Multi-Story Orchestra – has transformed its car park home through an annual commissioning programme of visual art, classical music (hosting Steve Reich for the BBC Proms in 2016), poetry and literature and pioneering architectural commissions including Frank’s and the Straw Auditorium designed by Practice Architecture, Simon Whybray’s bubblegum pink West Staircase and Cooke Fawcett’s Observatory. With immersive public spaces and spectacular views across London, the project has attracted more than one million visitors so far.

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