ButohOUT! is a newly initiated festival activating local communities in Victoria by fostering artistic and cultural exchanges through the powerful performing arts medium Butoh. Butoh is widely known as a Japanese theatre and dance art form but in this festival, artists will integrate it in the context of uniquely Australian culture, history and landscapes.
The pop-up TEAroom series offers various experiences through the rituals of tea ceremonies, installation and performance. Audiences are invited to sit and have a bowl of green tea and pop-up performances will be happening during rituals.
Past Work: DasSHOKU Series
DasSHOKU Butoh Cabaret repertoire- the unique ‘culture crush dementia’- which has been recognised by audiences in sell-out seasons nationally and internationally since 1999. ‘Dashoku suru’ is a Japanese term meaning to bleach, to strip off colour and the works have been exploring the notion of bleaching; bleaching away commonly held views of cultural stereo types and cliché. The works provoke both personal and cultural identity and also raises questions about the meaning of ‘cross’ culture, as one could be interpreted as ‘killing’ (crossing off) each other.
The award-winning DasSHOKU Butoh Cabaret series that has been recognised by audiences in sell-out seasons around the world since 1999. The show gained rave responses from audiences and critically acclaimed reviews, receiving Green Room Awards for INNOVATION in cabaret category, and the Fringe Award – Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice.
DasSHOKU suru is a Japanese term meaning to bleach, to strip off colour. Hora! in Japanese means Look Out! In DasSHOKU Hora!!, the third in the DasSHOKU series, Yumi and the DasSHOKU team strip back the candy-coloured surface of Japanese culture and tickle its hoary underbelly.
Tokyo DasSHOKU Girl touches on the shadowy life of Japan which many would never encounter. DasSHOKU (to bleach) strips off the colour of the superficial to reveal the reality behind the happy face of consumerism, bleaching away the commonly held views of Japanese women as kawai, or cute, polite and submissive.
Dancing between two contrasting cultures (Osaka and Melbourne), Umiumare tactically manipulated two languages and smoothly proceeded with the whole show. The balance of the contexts and the sense of timing in each scene change was incredible.
Past Work: Dance Work
EnTrance is a critically acclaimed full-length solo work with multimedia and installations within the metaphor of ‘the near shore’ of life and ‘the far shore’ of death. Award-winning dancer Yumi Umiumare performs the mystical conundrum of ‘the space between’ amid the hubbub of our city-life. ‘EnTrance opens heart, body and soul to the transformations that direct the human spirit.’ Canberra Times 2011
Sakasama: the reverse world. The two worlds of Life and Death are described as two shores; one is ‘the near shore’ (the world of the living), and the other is ‘the far shore’ (the world of after-death). A river flows between them. ‘The far shore’ is a reversed world: it is the reverse of the world of the living and everything is upside down.
ZeroZero was the second in a triptych and has premiered in Melbourne, in Feb 2013. Collaborated between Tony Yap, Yumi Umiumare and Matthew Gingold, ZeroZero explores the spaces between fullness and emptiness, visibility and invisibility. It was presented in Bogota, Columbia (2014) and Melbourne International festival (2014).
A series of experimentations of visual poetries, film work and physical theatre, inspired by Yumi’s own experience of her brother who had a cerebral hemorrhage. Is it really happening right in front of us or are we daydreaming? What if our piled up memories were suddenly erased? Our memories are like a heritage but our brain could hemorrhage.
In collaboration with Indonesian Australian media artist Bambang Nurcahyadi to experiment and create visual poetries- rich tapestry and narratives through ‘e-motion tracking’ process, dividing into different chapters. The audience/viewer’s interactions will be also tested in the process to add another layer that provokes the their expressions and emotion.
Using everyday objects as metaphors of ‘loss’, while also collecting residential memories defined by a psycho-emotional space, Yumi takes on the notion of ‘oriental’ in the context of moving and living in “foreign” spaces. The work explores the cracks and spaces between disorientation / destruction & attraction / familiarities.
Past Work: Archival
Melbourne’s legendary Yumi Umiumare, leads student performers in the creation of a playful, transgressive and hyper-energized hybrid. Combining the physical extremes of butoh and the emotional intimacy of cabaret, Trans-Mute will reframe everyday stories as strange outlandish songs and dances.
From the frenetic house of Finucane & Smith - internationally acclaimed Queen of Cabaret Bizarre Moira Finucane and Patrick White Award winner Jackie Smith - the work that has created an international storm of sell out critical acclaim and won 6 Australian theatre awards for its provocative and astonishing images of gender, sexuality, power and desire.
In-compatibility is a powerful new dance performance which creates a unique devotional space that is a synthesis of Asian shamanistic trance-dance, Butoh and contemporary western traditions. This pushes the boundaries of Yap and Umiumare's ongoing investigation into the separate but interdependent natures of yin and yang - of moments compatibility and incompatibility.