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Douglas Morrison Theatre
Hayward, CA
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CASH ONLY $30 We cannot accept credit cards at the door; we apologize for the inconvenience

DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE SHOW.Please come early, relax and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks. We have Oneness Butoh and Rain Ensemble T-shirts for sale.

For our matinee guests, the Hayward Japanese Gardens are within walking distance from the Theatre. Come early for a peaceful stroll before the show. We welcome you and are deeply grateful for your presence.

UMI is an intoxicating exploration of butoh dance, music, and taiko drumming.  Performed by OnenessButoh and Rain Ensemble, UMI consists of two programs:  

1) World Premiere of Ode to Minamata (2019)

Ode to Minamata is a butoh performance choreographed by Judith Kajiwara and performed by OnenessButoh.  It is a tribute to the Spirit of the Japanese residents of a small seaside fishing village in Minamata, Japan.  Since 1907, Chisso Corporation--a manufacturer of plasticshad a strong presence in  Minamata.  Over the years, it employed 60% of the Minamata residents, bringing prosperity and a higher standard of living to the village.  Chisso also carelessly dumped an estimated 27 tons of methylmercury into Minamata Bay, which contaminated the fish--the residents' main source of protein.  This lasted for 37 years.  In the early 1950s, residents began exhibiting strange, uncontrollable neurological symptoms.  An estimated 2 million people suffered debilitating health problems leading to permanent disability, and eventually a slow and painful death.  Sadly, Chisso denied responsibility for the contamination until 1970, when it was officially identified as the source.  

Ode to Minamata is a remembrance of this forgotten incident along with many other forms of global environmental annihilation that continue to this day.  

2)  Confluence  Rain Ensemble  Taiko (Japanese drums), winds, gongs and bells.

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence. -  Khalil Gibran

Judith Kajiwara, Artistic Director
Ruth Ichinaga
Kiyono Kishi
Lipton Mah
Nina Moore
Keiko Arlene Nobusada
Joan Wada
Ron Wada
Irene Wibawa

Rain Ensemble:
Kallan Nishimoto, Artistic Director
Naoko Amemiya
Rachel Mock
Kayla Quock
Debby Kajiyama

PLEASE NOTE:  At the Door Sales - $30 (CASH only, please)


Douglas Morrison Theatre (View)
22311 N. 3rd St.
Hayward, CA 94546
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Global
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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