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Catalyst Arts @ Open Eye Presents

pUSH lab: "water and tears" by Kaori Seki + Masashi Koyama

April 30, 2018

An evening of Conversation, Dreaming & Performance Demo

Local and International Movement artists on "Art-Making...Transformation...Art & Activism ...& Collaboration” featuring International Visiting Guests Kaori Seki & Masashi Koyama with local luminary Masanari Kawahara and others

Order of Events

5:30 - 6:15pm: Catalyst Arts Community Listening Circle  • 'Radical Dreaming'

6:15 - 7:15pm: Performance Demos & Conversation • 'Transformation'

7:15 - 8pm: Reception Mixer  • 'Activism' 

Local Guest Artist


Masanari Kawahara is a performer, educator and Butoh practitioner who incorporates puppetry, mask and movement into his work. His most recent puppetry work, for which he was a co-creator and performer, is The Story of Crow Boy (2016/2017/2018) for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) where he is a core associate artist. Other notable collaborative works with HOBT include Make Believe Neighborhood (2018), Queen (2016), A Path Home: A story of Thich Nhat Hanh (2009/2010) and Gotama: A Journey to the Buddha (2006).

Other recent stage works include Speechless (2017/2018) by The Moving Company as an actor; The Oldest Boy (2016) at Jungle Theater, in which he was a puppeteer as well as the designer and creator of the title character, which was a puppet. He was also the performer, writer, and designer of the solo performance piece Little Boy (2014) which was commissioned and developed by Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Vision series.

Masanari is currently a resident teaching artist at Pillsbury House + Theatre and teaching artist for Upstream Arts working with preschoolers to elders. He is a member of the Butoh group Nenkin Butoh Dan, which received a 2015 Sage Award for outstanding dance ensemble for Fu.Ku.Shi.Ma. Masanari Kawahara is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow (2010-2011).

International Guest Artist


Kaori Seki started studying classical ballet when she was five years old and contemporary dance, when she was 18. Early in her career as a dancer, she performed in work by Un Yamada and Kakuya Ohashi. She started to choreograph and present her own work in 2003. 

In 2008 and 2009 she participated in Gaga intensive summer course lead by Ohad Naharin and Batsheva dancers in Israel. In 2012, she created Hetero with Teita Iwabuchi, which won the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX2012, then went to France for a four-month residency at le Centre National de Dance Contemporaine- Angers (CNDC).  After the residency, she toured Hetero to several countries in Europe, as well as to Montreal, Canada; and Busan, South Korea.  She won the ELSUR FOUNDATION New Face Award in 2013.  The same year, she founded her own company, PUNCTUMUN, which is a portmanteau coined by Seki, made up of words “punctum” ("a small point, a spot, or a puncture” in Latin), and “un” (“one “in French).

Her choreography is constructed in sensitive and careful calculation with her unique vocabulary based on the sensations on the skin as well as the other organs of the body. Most recently, she has been interested in working with the sense of smell using aromatic fragrance in her performances as an experiment to directly appeal to the audience members’ senses.

Seki actively participates in theater productions and fashion business as well.  She also participated in recently deceased butoh master, Ko Murobushi’s work. She was selected as a 2014-15 Junior Fellow of The Saison Foundation.

Reservations required. Suggested donation event. No one turned away.

Performance Schedule
April 30, 5:30 - 8pm

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