Yoshito Ohno

Yoshito Ohno: Flower and Bird


"An ethereal presence. We were witness to great gentleness and affection." —Ballet-Dance Magazine

"[Ohno] had the audience in tears..." —The Telegraph, London

Unfortunately these performances must be postponed due to illness. We hope it will be possible to reschedule this engagement in the near future.

POSTPONED. We are sorry that it is necessary to postpone these performances due to illness. We were very honored that Yoshito Ohno was to make his first Los Angeles appearance in more than 25 years (and his first visit to the US since the death of his legendary father, the late Kazuo Ohno). We hope it will be possible to reschedule these performances in the near future. 

Yoshito Ohno is a legend.
The son of the late Kazuo Ohno, who co-founded the butoh dance form with Tatsumi Hijikata, young Yoshito’s first appearance as a dancer was as the “boy with chicken” in a famous 1959 collaboration by the inventors of the haunting genre. While Hijikata is said to embody the darkest aspects of butoh, and Kazuo Ohno to reflect its delicate lightness, Yoshito Ohno is often described as existing in both worlds, with a gift for navigating between fragile shadows. Yoshito Ohno retired from dancing in 1969, but began performing with his father again in 1985. He premiered this celebrated solo work Flower and Bird in 2013, when it also had the subtitle A Letter to My Future Self. Ohno, who will turn 80 this year, has inspired artists of many disciplines. After a recent collaboration with Ohno, composer and singer Anohni (formerly of Antony and the Johnsons), described it as “a joyous and transformative moment” and the ”apotheosis” of a career using music to “carry on the spiritual legacy” of Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno.

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FRI 3/2
8:30 pm
SAT 3/3
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff