The Butō Generation: Kazuo Onō. The Invisible Worn by the Universe | with Maria Pia D’Orazi

Who are the leading figures in the contemporary dance of the last 50 years? What influences and contaminations have there been with the world of contemporary art and architecture? What were the ideas that revolutionised the performance of dance?

Vito Di Bernardi, Patrizia Veroli, Francesca Pedroni, Maria Pia D’Orazi, Ada D’Adamo, Susanne Franco, Virgilio Sieni in conversation with the curator of the project Anna Lea Antolini, meet the MAXXI public to discuss in seven encounters the history of contemporary dance and to discover together the relationship between dance, architecture and art through video contributions from Cro.me. – Cronaca e Memoria dello Spettacolo of Milan and from the Historical Archive of the Romaeuropa Foundation.

The Butō Generation: Kazuo Onō. The Invisible Worn by the Universe | with Maria Pia D’Orazi
Saturday 9 February, h 11.00
MAXXI Auditorium – admittance free while places availabl

Born during the 1960s in a marginal territory suspended between dance and theatre, Japanese butō has expanded the concept of dance and offered the world of theatre an admirable example of an organic actor, capable of modulating his presence through a complete fusion between art and life. In an era of protest and profound cultural changes butō became a sort of exhortation to the common man to improve the quality of his existence. Kazuo Ōno (1906-2010) remains both a symbol and legend of this way of life. His story focuses on the vision of a body that refuses to be a “tool” of communication, preferring instead to simply present itself for what it is. An expressive revolution and a powerful defence of the particularity of the individual in a society of consumers and global culture.

Kazuo Onō

Upcoming seminars:
11.00 – 13.00
9 March 2013 | Ada D’Adamo
13 April 2013 | Susanne Franco
11 May 2013 | Virgilio Sieni


The Histories of Contemporary Dance is a Carolina Italiano project, curated by Anna Lea Antolini and organized by Giulia Pedrace.
In collaboration with Fondazione Romaeropa and Cro.me.