A staging of William Shakespeare’s Richard III — with a Butoh theater injection and interpretation
Laments of The Dead is presented with a non-linear narrative but in a nested structure, to uncover the truth of humanity. The director， Lee Swee Keong does not emphasize on the deformity of Richard III, but applied the philosophy of life from Butoh and humanity, seeking to restore the innermost desires of human. “It is tragic when one is manipulated by the infinite desires” is the key message of the production. For Swee Keong, the characteristic of Richard III is closely related to us — the rich and complex humanity.
Nobuyoshi Asai practiced street dance at an international level during his youth. For a year, he joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York. He started his own company, Sudbury, in Japan where young artistes joined their creative resources giving international performances. In search of a more profound interior approach, he joined Dairakudakan butoh company in 2005 before becoming a permanent dancer at Sankai Juku with whom he performed all over the world. In 2011, the Pola Art Foundation provided him grants to pursue his choreographic and artistic researches in Berlin. The following year, he obtained the Japanese Government Study program for Artists and spent a year in Tel Aviv, attached at the Batsheva Company and also collaborating with the alternative artists of Clipa Theatre. Striving to embrace a freelance career — in order to explore dance and choreography further and also collaborations / creations on photography and plastic arts — he now lives and works in France.