Photo: Erik Ronström and Rebecca Pihl
© SU-EN Butoh Company


October 17, 2010
Scen Studio 4, Stockholm

Solo project and examination ceremony by SU-EN
for Lina Palmgren/ KAI-EN Butoh Company

The face is a landscape. It is the vast forests, the hidden caves, the forgotten fields.
The face is the world. Shy at times, explosive at times. Biting,
to get a taste.
The eyes are lakes. The nose is an anthill. The mouth is a vulcano.
The body is the face.


The examination ceremony was lead by SU-EN and Gilles Kennedy.

This solo project is the dancer’s final examination after several years as an apprentice with Butoh choreographer SU-EN. Lina Palmgren receives the name KAI-EN. The naming shows the relationship within Butoh and the student is hereby supported by SU-EN to continue the work on her own. This solo is the starting point of KAI-EN Butoh Company.

KAI is kanji for sea shell, written with signs for an eye lying on water. The emptiness of the sea shell is hollowed out by water and in the spiral that appears, an infinity is discernible. This infinity becomes a sound, a whisper and the murmur of the sea.

EN is kanji for entity, garden, and derives from SU-EN’s name. In Japan artist names are common both in traditional and contemporary art. Within the name lies a vision for the artist. The name shows and signifies the relation to the art family the artist belongs to, rather than emphasizes the individual.

Butoh: KAI-EN/Lina Palmgren
Adviser in butoh and other artistic overview: SU-EN
Music: Lisa Stenberg
Light design: SU-EN
Photo and layout for poster: Gunnar Stening/Stening Studio
Costume and scenography production: KAI-EN/Lina Palmgren
Assistants in the production: Marie Gavois och Frida Larsson
Trainee for SU-EN Butoh Company: Rebecca Phil
Production: Mon no Kai och KAI-EN Butoh Company

Thanks to: Skrotcentralen i Uppsala AB, Hans Wärnsberg, Gottsunda Dans och Teater, Stockholms Stadsteater, Shoho Tsuchimoto, Ulva Krog, Erik Ronström and Mikael Öberg

Dancer’s Statement
Landscape shifting, the world transforming, disintegrating, constantly changing. Always intangible, always transient.
Processes of nature changing and destroying each other in a constant struggle. Layers and layers of life.

Out of this world the Butoh body is born. Constantly disintegrating and constantly reborn.
The butoh body is rotting from inside, is eaten by insects and erased by infinity. The body’s existence surrenders to the conditions of the materials.
The world makes its imprint in the body.
The density appears when the processes in the room meet the body. Out from the erased, rotten and eaten emerges a new conture.
A new reality. Absurd and poetic. The Butoh body appears condensed, transparent and shining.
With my dance I want to be a part of this absurd and poetic world.

I want to continue my work, develop and deepen it, out from the essence of Butoh and the method I have taken part of in SU-EN Butoh Company. I want to thank SU-EN and SU-EN Butoh Company for everything!

Lina Palmgren/ KAI-EN