Inspired by a momentous, though brief, meeting between the directors of Colombian dance troupe Compañía Cuerpo de Indias and Kazuo Ohno, late father of the Japanese dance-theater form Butoh, this transcultural tribute is set to some of Leonard Cohen’s most transformative songs. Inspired by Ohno’s passionate, subtle movement vocabulary as reimagined in a modern choreographic framework, creators Álvaro Restrepo, Marie France Delieuvin, and Ricardo Bustamante’s shifting tableaux for 11 dancers evoke a sense of mystery and wonder found in both Ohno and Cohen’s astounding bodies of work.

“A fantastic piece that guides audience members to let go of the logical, and enter the world of abstract and obscure. It is a wonderful representation of the unifying force of humanity through means of dance.”
– Mooney on Theatre

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Pre-Performance Talk

John Jay Lecture Hall

FREE for Ticket Holders

6:15 to 7:00pm

Pre-performance talk with Álvaro Restrepo on Thursday, July 30 from 6:15 to 7:00 pm in the John Jay Lecture Hall


524 W. 59th Street


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Flowers for Kazuo Ohno (and Leonard Cohen)

(New York premiere)

July 29–31, 2020 Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

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Compañía Cuerpo de Indias
Conceived and Directed by Álvaro Restrepo
Marie France Delieuvin, Ricardo Bustamante, Álvaro Restrepo, choreographers
All songs by Leonard Cohen (except Goodbye Stranger, composed and sung by Sharon Robinson)
Alexander Gümbel, lighting design
El Colegio del Cuerpo, set, props, and costume design
Buddha’s wire heads: Ricardo Castillo

Performance Details

  • 90 minutes, no intermission

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