Convent Kids and ButohOUT! presents: Peek-A-Butoh Parade
Strut your stuff with quirk, kook and spook at the Peek-A-Butoh parade for kids! Enter the imaginative world of Japanese performance art with renowned Butoh artist Yumi Umiumare; turn trash into fashion treasure with up-cycle fashion and hair designer Kiki Ando; then show off your wearable art with a parade and karaoke singalong with MC and Butoh artist Takashi Takiguchi.
The parade is part of the Peek-A-Butoh series, introducing kids to the world of Japanese performance art in playful and family-friendly ways. Children aged 3 – 12 and their adults are invited into the mysterious, chaotic and eccentric world of the Butoh Parade at the Industrial School.
Yumi Umiumare, Artistic director of ButohOUT!
Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi is an established Butoh dancer and choreographer from Australia. She has been creating her distinctive style of works for nearly 30 years, and her works are renowned for provoking visceral emotions and cultural identities. Yumi’s works have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America, and have received critical acclaim and garnered several Australian Green Room awards. As a choreographer, Yumi has worked with many socially engaged theatre projects in Australia with Indigenous communities (BighArt and Marrugeku), refugees communities, (Asylum Seekers Resource Centre), culturally diverse people (Brunswick Women’s Theatre) and company with and without disability group (Weave Movement Theatre) and has choreographed a work for Japan Contemporary Dance Network for their national dance festival. She was a recipient of the fellowship from Australian Council (2015–16) and the recent winner of the Green Room Awards of Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award for her contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Performance. She teaches nationally and internationally.
Takashi Takiguchi, Producer of ButohOUT!
Takashi Takiguchi is a Japanese-born Australian dancer and producer based in Melbourne. Takashi has worked with diverse groups of socially disadvantaged people as a qualified social worker over the past decade, and currently he is actively involved with community engagement projects in the arts within Australia and abroad. His unique background, having no formal arts degree or industry experience until the age of 38, has contributed bold and refreshing ideas for the creation of new art projects for non-artist communities with the wisdom and experience of acclaimed art practitioners in the era of 'everyone is an artist'. Recent projects include: ButohOUT! Festival (Melbourne 2017, 2018 and 2019) co-produced with the established Japanese Australian Butoh dancer and choreographer Yumi Umiumare; Pelem Festival (2016, 2018 & 2020) with the Indonesian-based dancer, director, choreographer and vocalist, Agung Gunanwan; Melaka Art & Performance Festival (MAP Fest) (2016, 2017 and 2018) with the highly accomplished Malaysian born, director, choreographer and visual artist, Tony Yap.
Born in Shizuoka, Kiki grew up near Mt.Fuji -the most highest mountain and Suruga bay the most of deepest bay in Japan which effected her unique character and eyes for creativity. She moved to Australia in 2003 where she graduated at the Melbourne School of Fashion while working at the The Foundry Gallery and Studios and directing shows for the Melbourne Fringe Festival as well as several events for the Loreal Fashion Week. Kiki moved to Berlin in 2007 to explore fashion, music and movie costumes in collaboration with Berlin based electronic pop band called Private Posh Club. She came back to Melbourne in 2009 and worked at Rearview gallery in Collingwood and also designed costumes for DasSHOKU SHAKE! directed by Yumi Umiumare in 2012, which toured Australia and Japan. In 2015, Kiki participated in the project for the local community in East Timor as a puppet and prop designer for the stop motion animation production. After practicing Butoh dance and contemporary dance in Jawa in Indonesia and Melbourne, she started to dance and continues to explore multi-disciplinary artistic outputs through pottery-making, poetry, and physical performance.'
About Convent Kids
Convent Kids is a year-round program developed by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) for children and families to explore and create art together. Delivered in collaboration with leading artists and educators, Convent Kids is designed to foster lifelong engagement with the arts and improve educational outcomes by firmly placing children at the centre of arts and cultural activity.
Convent Kids Peek-A-Butoh Parade is supported by City of Yarra as part of the Investing in Community Grants Program.