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Metamorphosis of Darkness

6 November 2023 @ Moseley School of Art, Birmingham
Doors 7:00pm / Start 7:30pm
Talk and Discussion on Butoh 7.30pm-9.30pm

Hosted by Atsuko Kamura



Vicky Karkou  (Professor of Arts and Wellbeing, Director of the research centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University)

Genevieve Say (Artistic Director of Birmingham Dance Network)

Sandra Hall (Co-director and Lead ARTIST of Friction Arts)

Mitsuyo Uesugi (Butoh dancer)

Takao Kawaguchi (Dancer)

Butoh Film with Live Music by Matt Eaton 9.45pm-10.20pm

Matt Eaton (Pram) plays an original live music score for Butoh film.

From £15 / £10 accessible

3-day pass also available


Matt Eaton

Musican, composer

Matt Eaton is a composer, artist and sound designer based in the UK.

He is a founding member of the musicians collective Pram, Domino Records artists and the creators of a series of album releases starting in the late 1990s and through to the present day.

Matt, in collaboration with Gareth Jones, was the co-composer of a series of soundtracks to early 20th century expressionist films, starting with Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" in 2011 and closing with Teinosuke Kinugasa's "A Page of Madness" at Flatpack Festival in 2019.

He is a regular collaborator with theatre practitioners and film makers worldwide and has a lifelong interest in storytelling through sound.

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Atsuko Kamura

Talk Host

One of Tokyo's most emotive and inventive artists, part of 80s Japan’s women’s liberation movement, Atsuko is a founder member of the first Japanese all-feminist punk band, Mizutama Shobodan, also known as Polkadot Fire Brigade, formed in 1979 in Tokyo.

She also teamed up with Tenko as the female improvisation vocal duo Honeymoons in 1981. The Honeymoons developed a unique style of avant-noise improvisation and performed internationally with seminal New York improvisers such as Tom Cora, Fred Frith and John Zorn. 

She joined Kazuko Hohki’s UK based Japanese pop group Frank Chickens in 1988 and toured worldwide.

Since 2002, she has collaborated with musicians of diverse genres such as Robert Storey from Orchestra Murphy. Her latest project, Kamura Obscura, has released several albums and the latest, "4 AM Diary” was reviewed by Stewart Lee: "4am diary is a nightclub cabaret in occupied territory, inscrutable subversion, discombobulation, kirsch-quaffing commissars." 


Although music is her career primarily, dance was her life long passion. She started to train in contemporary dance at the age of 18. In 1974, she saw Akira Kasai’s butoh performance in Tokyo, which made a significant impact on her whole artistic career.  

She had been training in butoh at Akira Kasai’s Tenshikan until his departure for Germany in 1979. She also attended numerous workshops of butoh masters: Kazuo Ohno, Min Tanaka and body work pioneers: Michizo Noguchi and Haruchika Noguchi. 

Since she qualified in dance therapy at Roehampton University in 2004, she has been working with those with learning difficulties, autism spectrum and mental issues in the UK and Japan, and running improvisation workshops combining music, dance, and art. 

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Vicky Karkou

Professor of Arts and Wellbeing, Director of the research centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University 

Vicky is the Director of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University and an internationally known academic and researcher in the arts and arts psychotherapies.  She is a trained dance movement psychotherapist and a practising creative supervisor. As a researcher, Vicky has received funding from ESRC, AHRC, the Arts Council, NIHR, the Wellcome Trust, and the European Union, amongst others. She is engaged in diverse methodologies ranging from artistic inquiry to systematic reviews and meta-analyses. For example, with a team of colleagues from Leeds University, she has completed two Cochrane Reviews on the effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy for Depression and for Dementia; methodologically these publications include systematic reviews and a meta-analysis.  With colleagues from Edinburgh University she has edited her third (edited) book titled: The Oxford Handbook on Dance for Wellbeing; this publication, amongst other things, favours and celebrates arts-based research and videos as publications.  Her more recent co-edited book is on Arts Therapies Research and Practice with Persons on the Autism Spectrum.

She travels extensively for research and teaching purposes offering key notes, experiential workshops and consultancy work around the world.  In 2014 she was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Riga Stradins University, Latvia for her services in supporting the development of arts psychotherapies in this country.

She is widely published in peer reviewed journals and edited books and is co-editing the international journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor and Francis.

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Genevieve Say

Artistic Director of Birmingham Dance Network

Genevieve Say is an independent dance artist, performer, choreographer and movement director based in the UK. She gained a place on One Dance UK’s Future Leaders mentor scheme, and received mentorship from Jude Kelly MBE. In 2019 she was a recipient of the DanceXchange Choreography Award in Birmingham and in 2021 was shortlisted for the AWA women in dance award. She is the current chair of Equity Union dance committee and has sat on the committee and been an advocate for the union since 2019. Genevieve graduated in 2006 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with First class BA(Hons) in Dance and Performance. Genevieve makes ensemble pieces and solo work under her own name, often in collaboration with theatre, visual and sound artists. She also works with a number of dance and theatre companies taking her across the globe as a performer, teacher choreographer and movement director.

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Sandra Hall

Co-director & Lead Artist of Friction Arts

Born in Kenya, Sandra’s early career was grounded in performing in theatre, TV and film before coming to Birmingham in 1990 for a two-year stint with Geese Theatre, performing in 120 prisons across the UK and Ireland. Sandra has trained with the likes of Philippe Gaulier, Augusto Boal, Prapto Suryodarmo, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Jonathan Kay and is an accomplished actor, director and deviser of performance in all its many forms. Alongside Lee she initiates, devises and develops Friction’s projects, as well as fundraising, managing projects and people and ensuring everything’s on track. Sandra grew up ligging her way around the original punk and new wave scene in late 70s/early 80s London and has a treasure trove of stories from that time.

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