Toward harmony of human - Through music, video, visual art, Butoh dance, poetry, and conversations, viewers are taken through the journey of this Japan–South Korea collaboration.

This work is the project that movie production born out of a friendship between TOMOE SHIZUNE, a butoh dancer and guitarist, which is only inherited the original Butoh dance, a modern Japanese stage art and YOOK KEUN BYUNG, South Korea's leading visual artist. It held the collaborative performance, "Landscape on the Way to Sleep by TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO with YOOK KEUN BYUNG" by the Butoh of Japanese Butoh company "TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO" and the art of YOOK KEUN BYUNG of Korea. At which time, to live in harmony with art of YOOK KEUN BYUNG, poetic music of TOMOE SHIZUNE was born. This is the work of art-music breakthrough unprecedented in the world by music of TOMOE SHIZUNE and image of YOOK KEUN BYUNG. This is part of the Asian collaboration that TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO has been working on since the early 1990s.

In "Landscape on the Way to Sleep - Art Music Video -" set in such beautiful natural in Korea backdrops as the Jeju Island and Jiri Mountain of present-day Seoul, this movie poses questions about harmony of mankind. Through music, video, visual art, Butoh dance, poetry, and conversations, viewers are taken through the journey of this Japan−South Korea collaboration. The world is faced with so many conflicts between different nations, ethnicities, and religious groups, and we are still unable to find any paths toward harmony. Furthermore, the modernization of the twentieth century has brought on various issues for humanity, including environmental problems, controversy over nuclear power, and life science issues such as DNA modification. The exchange between TOMOE SHIZUNE and YOOK KEUN BYUNG based on the spirit of art, were seen as an eye brought forth from the Asian culture moving toward the twenty-first century have many conflict.

The music of "Landscape on the Way to Sleep" inspired by YOOK's The Sound of Landscape+Eye for Field and composed by TOMOE SHIZUNE for a Butoh performance piece; its guitar version; and a live improvisational performance by a trio―TOMOE, KIM DAE HWAN, and YOSHIZAWA MOTOHARU. By incorporating, for the first time, an acoustic guitar in Butoh, a genre of modern art, TOMOE established a unique style of Butoh music. During the trio's performance, it will capture the musician's sounds as a culmination of heaven, earth, and man in "Taizen," a traditional moving Zen meditation practiced in Korea.

From the movie of "Landscape on the Way to Sleep - Performance -" the treasured, never-before-released footage of an improvisational performance by trio has been premiered. There include "A Gaze of a Wind" composed with Butoh dance of TOMOE SHIZUNE and poetry reading of poem written by TOMOE ahead of the production of this new work, and there is recorded the voice of YOOK KEUN BYUNG, talked about his philosophy from the view of contemporary art in the response to questions by TOMOE SHIZUNE. In addition, there include an excerpt from the work of "TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO" from "RENYO - Far from the Lotus" at France's Opera National de Lyon.

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It comes into contact with at the moment of "ichinen sanzen (three thousand realms in a single moment of life)." It leaves a strong meaning, although it is short that just the sound which they brewed bring within the world at the moment. (jazzpeople magazine)

It is important and sufficient stimulus about transformation of consciousness. The conversion of the quiet composition of TOMOE SHIZUNE in new age music style and confused improvisational performance is also a part which leans an ear as a music fan. (MMJAZZ magazine)

This collaborated DVD of an exceptional meaning is brought by "it has revived the best stage with the passed away artist and friendship." (TOPClass magazine)

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LANDSCAPE ON THE WAY TO SLEEP - Mythology of Wind and Love -

Produced by Butoh Dance Company TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO
Actresses: KIM BO NA, KIM A RANG

Release Date: March 2012
Price:¥2,800 (consumption tax included)
Format: DVD, LINEAR PCM, NTSC, Color
Region: Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Product Number: TMDV-TY01
Total Time: About 76 minutes
Caption: Japanese, Korean, and English
Includes a trilingual (Japanese, Korean, and English) 20-page booklet with the poem "A Gaze of a Wind" by Tomoe Shizune, an interview of Yook Keun Byung by Tomoe Shizune, notes, and a sketch by Yook Keun Byung
Distributor: OFFICE TOMOE Co., Ltd.

Poem "A Gaze of a Wind"
Written by Tomoe Shizune
Reading by Yoko Ashikawa
Korean translation by Han Sung Rea
English translation by Junko Sakaba

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- Landscape on the Way to Sleep -Art Music Video-

(composed by TOMOE SHIZUNE, supervised by ARTIST YOOK KEUN BYUNG) A remix of the original version of Theme that was used for public performances, sampled with voices of whales vibrating in the great sea as wind sounds. Prayer for the earth, sea of fertility, and homage to nature. The man and woman depicted among these things are suggestive of present-day, Asian versions of Christ and Mary in living form. Filmed on Jeju Island.

(performed by KIM DAE HWAN, YOSHIZAWA MOTOHARU and TOMOE. supervised by ARTIST YOOK KEUN BYUNG) An improvisational performance by percussionist KIM DAE HWAN, a pioneer in the South Korean contemporary-music world; a leading-edge bassist in Japan's free-jazz world YOSHIZAWA MOTOHARU; and TOMOE SHIZUNE on his guitar. In this piece, a recording of the invaluable live performance is used while the camera suddenly cuts to the city streets of Seoul. The video is filmed by YOOK KEUN BYUNG and depicts the complexity of the values of our times and the wandering of universal love. The images and music clash with and infiltrate each other as a way to represent the Asia of today.

Guitar Theme
(composed and performed by TOMOE SHIZUNE, supervised by ARTIST YOOK KEUN BYUNG) For Landscape On The Way To Sleep, TOMOE arranged and performed a guitar version of Theme. YOOK KEUN BYUNG's video depicts the delicate distance and rhythm which quietly and gently breathe and exist between nature and man. It expresses the fateful existence of hidden yearnings that we humans carry. Filmed at Jiri Mountain.

- Butoh Performance: Landscape on the Way to Sleep -

An improvisation piece during a public performance. The thrilling piece, played with breathtaking speed by the fearless and persevering warriors of the highly competitive jazz world, weaves fertile Asian poetic sentiment. For YOSHIZAWA and TOMOE, who had performed together in an improvisational duo called "Empty" in the 1980s, this was their first collaboration in a long time, as well as their last. Recorded at the venue.

A Gaze of a Wind
(composed, butoh and poetry by TOMOE SHIZUNE, poetry reading by ASHIKAWA YOKO)
The song was composed for the public performance. TOMOE's dance scene is collaged with a monitor image that is embedded into YOOK's art object. The poem being read contains a prayer for peace.

Theme: original version
(composed by TOMOE SHIZUNE, butoh: TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO, voice (Response to Questions by TOMOE SHIZUNE) : YOOK KEUN BYUNG)
The last scene in which members of TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO quietly dance Butoh while the theme song plays. Halfway through, TOMOE plays a tune on piano wires that are stretched from the ceiling. About this, TOMOE says, "A completed instrument limits the range of sounds that can be made. I used the piano wires this way in order to further resonate with what lies latent in YOOK's art. It allows me to produce real sounds, from rumbling earth sounds to baby's cries."

Wind in the Heavens
(composed by TOMOE SHIZUNE, voice (Response to Questions by TOMOE SHIZUNE) : YOOK KEUN BYUNG)
This song, Wind in the Heavens, was also composed for the public performance. TOMOE says, "The song was inspired by YOOK's art, its inherent strength and gentleness, and the individual that I found Yook to be over the course of my getting to know him. I believe an art collaboration forces both artists to have their overall human qualities questioned." On this DVD, this song is recorded for a slide show of images of public performances of Landscape On The Way To Sleep.

- Renyo-sho, Butoh Dance Piece by TOMOE SHIZUNE

Embraced by Moonlight / At the Height of Darkness / Black and Light / Waves
(composed, choreographed and directed by TOMOE SHIZUNE. butoh: TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO)
TOMOE simultaneously choreographs and composes music while drawing out the unique characters of the dancers to the fullest, transporting the viewers to an uncharted world of Butoh dance. Renyo was performed in a wide variety of versions in 20 countries around the world. The performance shown in this DVD took place in the amphitheater of France's Ope´ra National de Lyon in 1995.

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Butoh dancer, choreographer, stage director, and musician. Born in Tokyo. Has been the director of Butoh company TOMOE SHIZUNE & HAKUTOBO since 1987. Is in charge of stage direction, choreography, music and art of all of the company's performances. TOMOE is the only dancer among those who learned under the originator of Butoh, Hijikata Tatsumi who faithfully inherited, then verified and further developed the art form, and established the "TOMOE BUTOH METHOD," the first comprehensive contemporary stage-art method in Japan.

TOMOE has composed many musical masterpieces throughout his career, and, as a guitarist, continues to collaborate with many artists from a wide range of genres. He has received many rave reviews from music magazines, such as the following: "He has an extraordinary, extremely individualized musical sense which he tirelessly uses in playing the guitar in a style that continues to change and goes beyond any institutionalized form" (Jazz Critique Magazine), or "The clash between the limitations of the guitar as an instrument and TOMOE's urge to stretch the realm of sounds threatens a collapse yet somehow stays counterbalanced, creating a tranquil chaos" (Latina).


Media Artist. Highly regarded at many international exhibitions including the Berlin International Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo Biennale, Biennale de Lyon, and "By Night" by Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain. He was the first artist from South Korea to participate in "DOCUMENTA 9" in 1992 in Kassel, Germany, at which he exhibited an installation piece and put on a performance on the main stage. Active both in his country and overseas, Yook is the foremost figure in South Korea in the world of media art.

Yook projects a video of eyes of innocent children onto his art pieces, including one that was inspired by traditional Korean burial mounds. These eyes seem to gaze from the ancient past with the power to stir the deep recesses of the human spirit.


Percussionist. Plays using his own unique "triple stick" technique of holding three different types of sticks in each hand. His performance is characterized by a combination of extreme rigor and stoic fierceness. When asked about his profile, he flatly declares, "Black Rain. Kim Dae Hwan. That's it."

In the 1960s, he was a member of South Korea's first Korean rock group ADD4. Then he formed a band called the Kim Trio, which included Jo Yong-pil, who is known in Japan for his hit song, "Return to Busan Port." Kim, who served as the first president of the Korean Group Sound Association in the 1970s, consistently led the South Korea's music scene. He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for engraving 283 characters from the Prajna-Paramita Sutra on one grain of rice. There is a museum in Seoul at which his calligraphy work can be viewed. Kim passed away in 2004.


Bassist. A pioneer in Japan's free jazz world―its history cannot be discussed without mentioning him. The way he played the effect-laden five-string electric upright base overflowed with originality. The purpose of his playing was not to express himself, nor was it to exhibit his performance using a bass, but to impart a glimpse of the "individual" with which he is involved. This stance is based on a uniquely Japanese spirit of improvisation.

To play in the public performance that is recorded in this DVD, Yoshizawa came and joined our company in Osaka even though he had already been booked for a gig in Tokyo, saying, "If I'm going to put my life on the line, I would rather do that for something invaluable." Yoshizawa passed away in 1998.


Established in 1987. Has performed, as the only company that has inherited the tradition of Butoh, in a wide range of theatrical and dance festivals in Japan and around the world, including The Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, and Biennale Musiques en Scene in Lyon. The group's 1994 performance in New York was met with raves reviews, such as the following: "Beyond Butoh, one that both acknowledges its past and suggests that, under TOMOE's direction, it will continue to go its own creative way" (The New York Times), or "I've come to believe that Butoh's wallop comes from the fact that it is both foreign, or 'other,' and universal" (The Village Voice).

The company has collaborated with artists of many different genres, including jazz, rock, classical music, traditional Japanese arts, opera, video (including digitally enhanced videos), fine art, and modern dance. The troupe has also been working on experimental pieces on the theme of "multimedia and the body" utilizing IT tools such as TV, telephone systems, Internet, and motion capture.

The company's collaborative performance in 2006 with Gang-A-Tsui Theatre, a traditional Taiwanese theater troupe, directed by TOMOE SHIZUNE, won the grand prix at the Taishin Arts Awards. The same piece was performed in 2010 at the Opera National de Paris, (the Opera Bastille) and received rave reviews. In recent years, the company has been advocating an "open Butoh art," and has been actively offering pro bono performances at venues such as schools and welfare facilities.

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