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A playful futility fuels Arcane Collective’s latest production ebb. Continuing their exploration into the quagmire of Beckett’s trilogy novel Molloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnamable and Waiting for Godot, Ebb weaves a tale of decrepit persistence that is nostalgic, melancholic, and touchingly humorous. 

” I can’t go on. You must go on. I’ll go on.” – Samuel Beckett

December 8 – 10 2016

1201 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Return to Absence


Return to Absence


Return to Absence inhabits the rich and peculiar realm of Samuel Beckett’s trilogy novel Molloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnamable.  Presenting a non-linear storytelling, Return to Absence embodies the resonant images and wrought emotions characteristic to Beckett’s world, portraying the human condition often at the end of its tether.

“Dance first. Think Later. It’s the natural order”
– Samuel Beckett

Upcoming performances
JULY 1-3 2016  Grec Festival, Barcelona Spain

for more information and tickets

past performances
New York Live Arts – APRIL 2016
Dublin Dance Festival May 2015




ebb: Oguri and Morleigh Steinberg at Electric Lodge
October 1-4


Verb-ing: Oguri and Lighting Shadow Dance Troupe
November 15 &16

Return to Absence: Dublin Dance Festival , World Premiere

May 21- 23

Return to Absence: Electric Lodge
April 4-6


Inside Cold Dream Colour: Portland Oregon
December 5 – 7

From the canvas to the stage, how does one art medium inform and inspire another? Bodyvox’s own, Jamey Hampton moderates, conversations with director and choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, and composer Paul Chavez about the process of turning le Brocquy’s imagery into music and dance. Watch the paintings come to life as the company of Arcane Collective perform excerpts of their latest production Cold Dream Colour.

My Neighbor Sky: Oguri and Anrdés Corchero, Grec Festival
July 10-13

Body Weather Workshops in Spain
June 25 – 29

Oguri with Myra Melford at DUENDE Oakland, CA
May 25

Oguri collaborates in an evening of improvisational dance and music with Pianist composer, bandleader, Myra Melford, winner of the 2012 Alpert Award in Arts or Music, Stomu Takeshi on acoustic bass guitar and David Szlasa creating video projections.

Arcane Collective at the Guggenheim Museum Works & Process
May 11 & 12

Within the Works & Process format Arcane Collective performed excerpts from Cold Dream Colour and engaged in informative and entertaining conversations moderated by Irish broadcaster, John Kelly with composers Paul Chavez and The Edge of U2, directors Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri on the panel. The company enjoyed 2 sold out evenings to a most enthusiastic audience.

NOTAWAY – Quest for Freedom: Oguri,  Yasunari Tamai, Wada Leo Smith
March 1-3

Inspired by the quintessential American novel,  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain,  NOTAWAY is a complex, multilayered work blending choreography and musical compositions with improvised music and dance

Arcane Collective APAP Showcase + meet the artists
January 12&13

Arcane Collective will be in full flight with 6 mesmerising company dancers performing in our unique and intimate venue. We will be transforming our ARCANE Loft Tribeca into a luminous landscape and will be presenting excerpts of our most recent acclaimed production, up close and personal. More…


Wildflowers – a Herculean duet of mind blowing dance and percussion.Oguri and percussionist Adam Rudolph performed to sold out audiences at the Absolut Fringe, in Dublin, Ireland
http://www.metarecords.com/ Adam Rudolph

My Neighbor Sky – Oguri performs in collaboration with Andres Corchero – Barcelona
andrescorchero.blogspot.com Andres Corchero

“Chart of Landing” a series dance project is site-specific-unspecific performance. Performed as solos, duos, and in collaboration with musicians, on commercial streets, public parking lots, private sites, in front of a train station etc…

Snowy Egret- Oguri -dance in Myra Melford’s new Quintet
Myra Melford: http://www.myramelford.com/