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Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen)

Lose yourself in the breathtaking movements of Colombian dance company, Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias as they sweep you away into a serendipitous homage to the spirits of Leonard Cohen and Kazuo Ohno.

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At first glance, Kazuo Ohno and Leonard Cohen might seem like an unusual pairing but their combined genius provides the inspiration behind one of the most exciting pieces of Colombian contemporary dance, Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen); a poignant and spirited homage to the legendary Japanese Butoh dancer and the iconic Canadian artist by Colombia’s most avant garde contemporary dance company, Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias.

Set to some of Cohen’s greatest and most transformative works and elevated by choreography inspired by the passionate and subtle movements of Ohno, Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen) captivates, inspires and sweeps audiences away, one beautiful and exhilarating tableau at a time. Cohen and Ohno are connected as artists through their mutual admiration for the Andalusian poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Ohno’s most famous work, Admiring La Argentina, was inspired by Lorca’s muse, the flamenco dancer Antonia Mercé, while Cohen, a dedicated disciple, wrote songs and poems that were heavily influenced by Lorca’s poetry.

Flowers is the vision of choreographers Álvaro Restrepo, a leading figure in Latin American contemporary dance, Marie France Delieuvin, co-founder and co-director of El Colegio del Cuerpo and Ricardo Bustamante, the company´s subdirector and who has been with the school for almost 20 years.

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Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias

Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen)

Lose yourself in the breathtaking movements of Colombian dance company, Compañía del Cuerpo de Indias as they sweep you away into a serendipitous homage to the spirits of Leonard Cohen and Kazuo Ohno.

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Presented by
Cheryl and Rob McEwen, YPO Toronto
and St Joseph Communications

Supported by
Anonymous (2), David Allgood and Helen Stevenson, Rena Bedard and Bill Dillane, Bill and Dawne Benson, Tiana Koffler Boyman and Marc Boyman, Michael Bregman and Katie Osborne, Cardinal Couriers Ltd, Paul and Lynn Damp, Robert and Tracy Elder, Bill and Sharon Fielding, Claudia and Sven Grail, Heather and Greg Hogarth, Grant and Anne Hood, Don K. Johnson, OC LLD, Lorraine and Neville Kirchmann, Leslie MacLeod and Allan MacEwan, Don and Helen McGillivray, Gilles and Julia Ouellette, Gretchen and Donald Ross, OC, Greg and Kate Sorbara, Maureen and Warren Spitz, Pamela and Larry Stevenson, Bill and Judy Stewart, Kingsley and Christine Ward and Sandy and John Welton 

Reviews

“I have seen this [performance] in person and it is very, very special... it was stunning - sensual, mysterious and deeply moving, just like Leonard Cohen's songs. My fingers are firmly crossed that [they] will be able to take this work around the world.”
– Sylvie Simmons, Cohen's Biographer
“Your performance is really beautiful and it can be called as ‘Butoh’ in its spirit.”
– Yoshito Ohno
“Leonard is pleased and touched (with the work)…He says the work is excellent. Rarely he expresses such praise.”
– Robert B. Kory, Cohen’s manager

Creative Team

CONCEIVED BY
Álvaro Restrepo

CHOREOGRAPHY
Álvaro Restrepo, Marie France Delieuvin, and Ricardo Bustamante

ORIGINAL MUSIC
All compositions by Leonard Cohen, the majority interpreted by himself and other artists

IMAGES SPATIAL CONCEPT
El Colegio del Cuerpo

COSTUME DESIGN
El Colegio del Cuerpo

LIGHTING DESIGNER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Alexander Gümbel

VIDEO EDITOR
Lorenzo Giangrandi

PHOTOGRAPHY
Fabian Alvarez, Tom Kochie, Louis Vest and Carlos Lema

 
PROJECTED ARTWORK 'GEISHA'
Leopoldo J. Combariza

BUDDAH HEAD SCUPTURES
Ricardo Castillo 

DANCERS
Compañía Cuerpo de Indias
Ana María Bermudez, Ricardo Bustamante, Gina Carrasquilla, Johan Gutiérrez, Erick Perez, Juana Galindo, Yoanna Rodríguez, Christian Mogollón, Piter Velázquez, Alex Patrón, Mauricio Suárez, Marie France Delieuvin, Álvaro Restrepo