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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Douglas Morrison Theater
Date: March 24, 2019 to March 24, 2019
Where: Douglas Morrison Theater, 22311 N. 3rd St., Hayward, California, United States
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Event Type: Concerts & Music
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UMI is an intoxicating exploration of butoh dance, music, and taiko drumming. Performed by OnenessButoh and Rain Ensemble, UMI consists of two programs: 1) World Premiere of Ode to Minamata (2019) Ode to Minamata is a butoh performance choreographed by Judith Kajiwara and performed by OnenessButoh. It is a tribute to the Spirit of the Japanese residents of a small seaside fishing village in Minamata, Japan. Since 1907, Chisso Corporation--a manufacturer of plasticshad a strong presence in Minamata. Over the years, it employed 60% of the Minamata residents, bringing prosperity and a higher standard of living to the village. Chisso also carelessly dumped an estimated 27 tons of methylmercury into Minamata Bay, which contaminated the fish--the residents' main source of protein. This lasted for 37 years. In the early 1950s, residents began exhibiting strange, uncontrollable neurological symptoms. An estimated 2 million people suffered debilitating health problems leading to permanent disability, and eventually a slow and painful death. Sadly, Chisso denied responsibility for the contamination until 1970, when it was officially identified as the source. Ode to Minamata is a remembrance of this forgotten incident along with many other forms of global environmental annihilation that continue to this day. 2) Confluence Rain Ensemble Taiko (Japanese drums), winds, gongs and bells. In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence. - Khalil Gibran OnenessButoh: Judith Kajiwara, Artistic Director Ruth Ichinaga Kiyono Kishi Lipton Mah Nina Moore Keiko Arlene Nobusada Joan Wada Ron Wada Irene Wibawa Rain Ensemble: Kallan Nishimoto, Artistic Director Naoko Amemiya Rachel Mock Kayla Quock Debbie Kajiyama