Dance of Requiem(“Inori no odori”)
- Director: Gilyak AMAGASAKI
1998 Japanese Subtitled in No Color 16mm 69 min
Production Company: Gilyak AMAGASAKI
Producer: Gilyak AMAGASAKI
Photography: SAKURADA Sumihiro
Editing: Gilyak AMAGASAKI
Sound: FUKUDA Shin
International Sales: Gilyak AMAGASAKI
1-1 Matsumi-so, 3-11-12 Wakabayashi, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0023 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Hakodate Ropeway Film Festival 1998
[Synopsis] An extraordinary butoh street performer commemorates a 30-year career with a film of his life journey.
This art documentary is a record of dance and of a journey of self-accomplishment. Produced and directed by a street performer whose career spans 30 years, the film captures the feeling of Japan’s four seasons. In Kobe, he dances in condolence for the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, and performs for the spirit of his deceased mother on an isolated beach in his hometown. The film leads up to the ending, when dance and nature become one in the snow, expressing the 68 year-old performer’s state of mind.
Born in 1930. Began dance in 1957, street performing in 1968. Ever since, he has danced on the streets of not only Japan, but also Paris, New York, Moscow, and other cities around the world. His performances have been praised in the media. Dance of Requiem is a commemoration of his 30-year career, a documentary produced and directed by himself.