She studied classical and modern ballet from her childhood, but turned to Butoh at the age of 18. She visited Asbestos Hall and took classes with Akiko Motofuji, later – with Yukio Waguri and Koichi Tamano. She also worked as a dancer in their dance companies performing in Japan and over the world until 2007.
After her graduation from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, she played the main female role of a Butoh dancer in the film “Kirschblüten– HANAMI” (Cherry Blossoms), dir. Doris Dörrie, in 2008.
Later Aya studied Corporeal Mime in London.
She has been performing her solo works all over the world.
Video screening, talk about Butoh and personal experiences, dance scene in Japan and Europe, Q&A
Mediathek Mime Centrum, Kunstquartier Bethanien, EG/ground floor, Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin
Special thanks to Mime Centrum Berlin for support.
Yu (Aya Irizuki), a homeless girl, who dances Butoh in a park.
In her works Aya mixes Butoh (and Butoh-fu) and Corporeal mime – thus she calls herself a physical theater artist. Since Aya studied fine arts, she mainly herself makes costumes and stage design for her performances.