Kazuo Ohno’s facial expression, more than anything else, determineshow he come across to an audience. By observing his expression closely, one canfathom the depths of his movements. His face is simply incapable of masking histrue state of mind and body. Speaking as a performer myself, when confrontedwith an expression as authentic as the one seen in this image, Ibecome keenly aware of my own limitations. The photographs in this book bearwitness to Kazuo;s unique working methods, methods that have enabled him tocreate such compelling facial expressions.
I should first of all mention that Kazuo delves into his creativepower long before setting foot in the workshop studioto prepare the framework for a performance. He does so with pen and paper, bycontinually writing down his thoughts and reflections. Moreover, he stimulateshis imagination by reading poetry and haiku,studying paintings andother visual artists’ work during the long gestation period required in hiscreative process. He always has a black felt marker and regular-size workjournal at hand so that he can jot down any ideas and sketches that flashthrough his mind. Based upon a deepened understanding of the poems,writings, and other sources at his disposal, his outpourings gradually lead himto recreate a blueprint of his inner universe on paper. In fact, it is thisconstant writing and erasing of notes, sketches, and impressions that enableshim to embark on a psychological journey into the hinterlands of his inner lifeand ultimately discover a “new world” in the process. Kazuo has remarked thathe’s inclined to dream profusely during this very lengthy period ofself-exploration.
“Kazuo Ohno’s World" P9,L1-29