Biography

Ken Mai has studied the unique style of both founders,Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata method. He has also studied German expressionist dance which has considerable influence on Butoh.

His style of performance combines Butoh elements with a background in Acting,German expressionist dance,Gymnastics,Martial arts,Singing,Zen,and Philosophy of Yoga Sutras.
Ken Mai has been performing solo,teaching,directing other companies and has also collaborating acclaimed dancers,Actors,musicians,sculptors and visual artists all over the world.


<Performance Experience>

WOMAD(a World of Music,Arts, and Dance) festival UK/ Chairman- Peter Gabriel.
Collaboration Solo with David Lowe(Dreamcatcher). The Festival included Youssou N' dour,Suzanne Vega,Jimmy Little,Maceo Parker etc. One of the Biggest world music festival in the world!

City of London Festival UK.
Dai Kyodo Performance,solo with Live 5 acclaimed improvisation musicians including Drummer Charles Hayward,and Acoustic Bassist John Edwards and 2 Visual Artists Paul Smith and Rob Flint. The Festival included Ravi Shankar,Michael Nyman,James Taylor etc.

Edinburgh Festival /Scotland
Guest Dancer for Imagina Dance Theatre-Solo performance "Ice Flower".

JAPAN 2001 Festival in the UK( a Celebration of Japan in the UK during one year)
Shin Kyodo- UK Tour Performances Solo with London Electronics Musicians Phil Durrant and Paul Hood and a Visual Artist Rob Flint. London-Manchester-Colchester-Oxford University.

Moving Bodies Butoh festival - Torino,Italy - Galway,Cork,Dublin,Ireland - Glasgow,Scotland on 04.July -28.July.2014.

"Europe Tour 2014" Solo Performance "Dhyana/Meditation - Paris Butoh festival, Amsterdam, Torino,Italy, Cork and Dublin,Ireland, Glasgow,Scotland, Firenze,Italy, Helsinki and Prague.

Mexico the day of Dead festival 2008 in Mexico City. Solo "Butoh Bigaku" 4 performances Sold out!! At National Arts Centre of Mexico in Mexico City.

Collaboration performance with Gustavo Collini Sartor in Buenos Aires,Argentina 2013.

FLOW festival 2012 guest performer for Phantom in Helsinki.

Barcelona Butoh festival 2012/solo "Poem of Phenomenon" at Nun Art in Barcelona,Spain.

Dublin Butoh festival 2012/solo "Poem of Phenomenon" at Back Loft in Dublin,Ireland.

Paris Butoh festival 2012/solo "Poem of Phenomenon" at Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree in Paris.

Sarzana Butoh festival 2012/ solo "Poem of Phenomenon" at Sarzana Castle in Sarzana,Italy.

Open Look International dance festival 2012/ group work "Tokyo in the sky"with Poema Theatre at Erarta in St.Petersburg,Russia.

"Tokyo in the sky" with Poema Theatre in Moscow,Russia.

DIALOG Radical Performance and Sound From Tokyo,Berlin,London,New York
Solo Collaboration with Pianist Steve Beresford and Live Video by Scopac at The October Gallery Theatre,London.

Ex...it '11 5th International dance-exchange project on Butoh and related arts at Schloss Bröllin in Germany/5-21.Aug.2011. Choreography work and Presentation.

World Village Festival 2011 in Helsinki,Finland solo performance " Prayer of the heart ".

Das Kunstfestival "Strom" solo "This human body is called a city with eleven gates" at Kunsthaus-Rhenania in Köln Germany/ Sep.2011.

Collaboration performance with Textile designer Anna-maija Aarras at Turku Art Museum in Finland/ Sep.2011.

Prayer performance at Vashisht Temple in India 2008.

 Europeans Regions International Theatre Festival/ Hradec Kralove,Czech Republic.
3 Solo Works "Padma","Butoh Bigaku"and "Kyoto 2004".

Mimorial International Theatre Festival/ Kolin, Czech Republic.
Solo Work " Butoh Bigaku"

Jaaleekaay International Dance Festival/ Praha, Czech Republic.
Solo Work "Padma" at Ponec Theatre.

Love Planet Music Festival/ Tabor,Czech Republic
Solo Work "Kurobana"  The Festival Included Nick Cave,Apocalyptica etc.

Eary Music Festival/ Cesky Krumlov,Czech Republic.
Solo Works "Butoh Bigaku" "kyoto 2004" at Egon Schiele Art Centre,City Theatre and Collaboration with
Early music group Kvinterna at Renaissance Castle.

Cibulak International Theatre festival/ Pezinok,Slovakia
Solo works "Kin Ai & Mujoh", "Dead people's things"  twice invited!

Benefit performance for MS(Multiple Sclerosis) Patients and others/ Praha & Brno,Czech Republic
Duet with MS Patient. "Small flower"  Choreographed by Ken Mai

Avant Garde Music Festival/ Rotterdam,The Netherlands.
Solo Collaboration with London Electronics Musician Paul Hood.

Wegajty International Theatre Festival/Wegajty,Poland
Solo Work "This human body is called a city with eleven gates"

Open Cinema International Short Film Festival/ St.Petersburg,Russia.
Solo Work "Bi To Shi/Beauty & Death" at Dom Kino.

Butoh Relations Festival/ St.Petersburg,Russia.
Duet Work "Jyu Ningen Zu "with Pauliina Tyni at Music Hall. Choreographed by Ken Mai
The Festival Included Yukio Waguri, Kinya Tsuruyama etc.

"Butoh Bigaku" Solo work with 7 Mexican Assistants at National Arts Centre of Mexico/ Mexico City.

isfit Festival(International Student Festival in Trondheim)/ Trondheim,Norway. The Biggest International Student Festival in the World.
Solo Work "Butoh Bigaku"

International FestTeatro/ Poschiavo(Switzerland) & Tirano(Italy).
Solo Works "Kin Ai" & "Mujoh" at Teatro Mignon and Cinema Rio.

International Sculptors Symposium/ Pietra Santa,Italy.
Collaboration with Sculptor Renate Hahn. Duet with Bridget Scott. Directed By Ken Mai

Ideja Festival/ Riga, Latvia
"Butoh Bigaku" Solo Work with  5 Latvian Assistants at Kino.

International Black and White Theatre Festival/ Imatra,Finland.
Presentation of Finland/ "Butoh Bigaku" Solo Work with 6 Finnish Assistants at Imatra Theatre.

ARKI! Contemporary Dance Festival/ Helsinki,Finland.
Solo Work "Flower Blooming in the City.

Contemporary Dance Tour / Osaka,Japan
Improvisation Solo at Osaka City Museum.

Contemporary Dance Selections/ Osaka,Japan
Solo Work "Ice Flower" at Minamino Domannaka Hall.

"Guys" Dance Event/ Kobe,Japan
Solo Work using Cello at Al Hall.

Nishikawa Senrei's Nihon Buyoh Performance "Arubekiyohwa"/ Tokyo, Japan.
Assistant dancer at Art Sphere.

Kyoto Dance Festival(1994-2004)
Solo Works and Duet Works with Bridget Scott " Modern Noh Spiele", "The Lament of Roses", "Microcosm", "BWV988", "Matrix" etc at Alti Hall,Kyoto Japan.

"Kazuo Ohno" Homage Event" The Kazuo Ohno's Universe and Flower 2004/ Osaka, Japan
Solo Work for Kazuo Ohno at Art Theatre db.
In Audience "Kazuo Ohno" & Yoshito Ohno(Son)

Europe Tour 2000/ Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Czech Republic(13 Cities).
Solo Works "Kin Ai" & "Mujoh" All Performances in Major Theatres and Festivals.

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<Teaching Experience>

TEAK/National Theatre Academy of Finland/ MA degree programme in performance and Theory and Open University Butoh courses 5 times/ Helsinki.

Lahden Kansanopisto/Theatre Students in Lahti,Finland.(Butoh courses)Since 2010-Presence.

Kalliolan Kansalaisopisto in Helsinki,Finland.(Regular classes & Weekend Butoh courses) Since
2008- Presence.

Workshop in Buenos Aires,Argentina 2013.

Workshop in Vilnius,Lithuania 2013.

Barcelona Butoh festival 2012 - Workshop in Barcelona,Spain.

Dublin Butoh festival 2012 - Workshop at Back Loft in Dublin,Ireland.

Sarzana Butoh festival 2012 - workshop at Sarzana Castle in Sarzana,Italy.

Paris Butoh festival 2012 - workshop at Espace Culturel Bertin Poiree in Paris,France.

Workshop in Budapest,Hungary in 2012.

Workshop in Warsaw,Poland 2012.

Black and white International Theatre festival 2012 - Workshop in Imatra,Finland.

Ex...it '11 5th International dance-exchange project on Butoh and related arts at Schloss Bröllin in Germany/ 5-21.Aug.2011.

Professional class teaching for freelance dancers at Theatre Aleksanteri/ Helsinki.

Workshop for Psychophysic Association/ Turku, Finland.

Butoh Course at National Arts Centre of Mexico/ Mexico City 2008.

Butoh Workshop at WOMAD festival/ Reading, UK.

Butoh Workshop at Edinburgh festival/ Scotland.

Butoh Workshop at Contact Theatre/ Manchester, UK.

Butoh Workshop at Laban Centre of London/ London, UK.

Butoh Workshop at Love Planet Music festival/ Tabor, Czech Republic.

Butoh Workshop at isfit(International Student Festival in Trondheim)/ Trondheim, Norway.

Butoh Workshop at Wegajty International Theatre Festival/ Wegajty, Poland.

Butoh Workshop at Butoh Relations festival/ St.Petersburg, Russia.

Butoh Workshop at International Sculptors Symposium/ Pietra Santa, Italy.

Butoh Workshop at TeatroFest/ Poschiavo, Switzerland.

Butoh Workshop at Kuvataide Akatemia/ National Academy of Fine Arts/ Helsinki.

Butoh Course at Taidekoulu maan(Art School)/ Suomenlinna, Finland.

Butoh Course at Europeans Regions Theatre festival/ Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.

Butoh Workshop at Mimorial International Theatre Festival/ Kolin, Czech Republic.

Butoh Courses at Theatre Naamio ja Höyhen/ Helsinki.

Butoh Workshop at Prefecture of Osaka Desabled Hospital School/ Osaka,Japan.

Butoh Workshop at Tsechokling Tibetan Monastery/ Dharamsala, India.

Butoh Courses at KETO/ Järvenpää, Finland.

Butoh Course at Kankaanpään Taidekoulu(Art School)/ Kankaanpää, Finland.

Butoh Courses at Druna/ Praha, Czech Republic.

Butoh Courses at Broumov festival/ Broumov, Czech Republic.

Butoh Course at Plasy Monastery/ Plasy, Czech Republic.

Butoh Courses at Tanssipaja miilu/ Helsinki, Finland.

Butoh Course at Moving Station/ Plzen, Czech Republic.

Butoh Workshops at Ideja festival/ Riga, Latvia.

Butoh Workshop at Rhenania Kunsthaus/ Köln, Germany.

Butoh Regular classes/Kyoto 1998-2006.

Butoh Course & Lecture at Kizoin-Temple/ Yoshinoyama, Nara, Japan.

Butoh Course at Amanohashidate Youth Hostel/ Kyoto, Japan.


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