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Mitsuyo Uesugi

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Mitsuyo Uesugi (born 1950, Japan). Since childhood Uesugi studied classical ballet, later she moved to Tokyo to dance in the Tani Momoko ballet company. In 1973 she met Kazuo Ohno and worked as his assistant till 1985. Her solo Butoh career started in 1975. At the end of 80s Uesugi became a member of the contemporary dance company “Studio DM” in France. After moving back to Japan, she started a Butoh solo series ”SHE”. Over the last decade she created several secret Butoh ritual pieces “Madame Melancholia”/“Mademoiselle Melancholia”/“Baby Melancholia-Dream of six nights”, which were awarded by the Japanese Dance Critics Society in 2009.

Her other recent solo works, “Metal Red Woman”(2008) “Portrait M-Anti deformed-”(2012) and “PASSION” Butoh dance improvisation faction (2013) were highly appreciated by the public and critics.
In 2015 she presented her solo “A Story Of Lady” in Munster/Germany and Zagreb/Croatia in the frames of Kazuo Ohno Festival. 

Currently Mitsuyo Uesugi works as a lecturer at Meiji Gakuin Univercity/ Depertment of Art Studies and teaches her own method of Butoh improvisation. Regularly she gives workshops in the National Choreography Center in France.

www.uesugimitsuyo.com

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