azumi O E Butohist

Azumi finds “raw” value in live performance. She uses her on time composition as a tool to keep stage as fresh as possible, as real as possible. Stage is filled with full of playful moment almost like up-rising celebration and mesmerizing shocking intense moment.

Butoh grounds her with question of “what makes Human being?” but..... “What is Human?”

Her body brings up deceived and ignored crisis of identity, crisis of materialism, crisis of Humanity. Since Azumi started living in New York which is one of the chaotic “metropolitan city” in the world, she pursuing potential on those questions which brings us together as full individuality within oneness. Post globalization era is leading her new cultural landscape research towards its outer-world, inner-world and beyond.


Azumi O E was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She is a former principal dancer of New York-based Butoh company Vangeline Theatre, where she has performed for over 8 years. She joined as an Assistant Choreographer/Principal Dancer for Butoh Master Katsura Kan, with whom she has completed several world tours.

Her solo work has been presented globally in cities such as New York, Baltimore, Boulder, Paris, Stuttgart, Wrocław, Taipei, Shinshu, Beijing, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Helsinki, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, and Kyoto.

Expanding from her Butoh career, she works as a Dancer/Choreographer for Video Sculpture Artist Katja Loher; has produced collaborative video art and live performance work for MARCK, duo projects with Experimental Bassist Sean Ali; composer/Pianist Takuya Nakamura; and her newest project with Tim Dahl. Her performance work also extends into the arenas of experimental film, music videos, Sculptures, Opera and more...

Azumi is actively working on a wide range of collaborative, and solo projects.

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