天 児 牛 大 AMAGATSU Ushio
Director Choreographer Designer
Born in Yokosuka,Japan in 1949 and founded Butoh company Sankai Juku in 1975.
He created Amagatsu Sho (1977), Kinkan Shonen (1978), Sholiba (1979) before the first world tour i
1980. Since 1981, France and The Theatre de la
Ville,Paris has become his places for creation and
work and that year he created Bakki for Festival d'Avignon. The Theatre de la Ville,Paris he has created
14 productions since 1982.
Amagatsu also works independently outside Sankai Juku. In 1988 he created “Fushi” on the invitation of
Jacob's Pillow Foundation, in the U.S., with music by
Philip Glass. In 1989, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Spiral Hall in Tokyo where he directed
“Apocalypse” (1989), and “Fifth-V” (1990).
In February 1997, he directed “Bluebeard's Castle” by
Bartok conducted by Peter Eotvos at Tokyo International Forum. In March 1998, at Opera National de Lyon, France, he directed Peter EOTVOS's opera
“Three Sisters” (world premiere), which received
“Prix du Syndicat National de la Critique, France.”
“Three Sisters” has been seen in the 2001-2002 season at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, at Theatre
Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels at Opera National de
Lyon, and at Wiener Festwochen 2002 in Austria.
In March 2008, Amagatsu directed “Lady Sarashina,”
Peter EOTVOS’s new opera at Opera National de Lyon
(world premiere). “Lady Sarashina” again received
“Prix du Syndicat National de la Critique, France” and
it was seen in Opera Comique in February 2009 and
in Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera, in Warsaw in
Amagatsu has also presided on the jury of International Choreographic Competition of National
Academy of Dance, Italy (2011), and the Jury of the
International Meeting of Dance of Bagnolet (1992).
Awards and merits include the Purple-Ribbon Medal by
the Japanese government (2011), Geijyutsu Sensho
Prize (Art Encouragement Prize) by the Minister of
Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology
Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Letters by
French Cultural Ministry (1992).
Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Cultural Ministry (2014).
Books include "Ushio Amagatsu, des rivages d'enfance au buto de Sankai Juku" (Biography dictated by Kyoko Iwaki, Actes Sud, 2013, France). "Dilogue avec la Gravite"(Actes Sud, 2000, France).