Friday, 28 November 2014

the zen fool

Foolish Paths to Wisdom Be...

"To be or not to be - that is the question."

*        *        *        *        * Have...

"To do without is to have and to become."

*        *        *        *        * Wait...

"To wait is to transcend time."

*        *        *        *        *

"Zen and a Sense of Humour
are as inseparable
as Patience and Wisdom."

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Green Tea & Zen Baka

"Green Tea and Zen Baka is simple and slow, and proves a delightful, pleasing contrast to the frenzy of the Fringe."

Eric Karoulla, The Skinny
5 August 2014

"The human connection is surprisingly touching, and the entire experience blissfully calm."

Kelly Apter, The Scotsman
5 August 2014

"Traditional Japanese Butoh gentle movement beautifully blends with meditation in this memorably tranquil work, the surprise finale quietly satisfying."  

Brian Cooper, The Stage
10 August 2014

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Foole's Day

upon a deep blue sea
in the hyphen between
we are in limbo

Zen Baka

The genesis of Zen Baka (fool)
began with a zen mime performance called : 11 Os...
about a calligraphy artist who makes eleven attempts
to draw a perfect circle.
This work was first performed at a zen meditation centre in Edinburgh
and was later featured in the Tanabata Japanese Festival at the Scottish Museum.

Also about this time I was doing zen mime, funambula,
on the streets during the Edinburgh Festival.

Both pieces went down well with audiences,
who tended to like, or perhaps wonder at, the extremely simplicity
and minimalism of their content and style.

So a collection of works have been created in this zen-like vein :

awkward travel

aqua - objet d'art

the stone jazz daydream

take it easy



All of these works are now encompassed under the title :

Zen Baka.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Dance Base Festival

Zen Baka


After a performance of daydream at Dance Base in Edinburgh,
Know The Score, curated by Charlotte Jarvis,
 I mentioned to the Artistic Director Morag Deyes
that I was travelling to Kyoto, Japan in the autumn of 2014
with a view to performing some of these pieces there.

They invited me to be part of the Dance Base Festival in August.

 Green Tea & Zen Baka
Ease into your Festival day in the garden with a refreshing cup of green tea
and a mesmerising zen-inspired performance
by minimalist performer David W W Johnstone.
This visual haiku draws on ideas from Japanese Butoh, 
the Zen Buddhist sages and John Cage...
with a gentle hint of mime and humour thrown in.
A quietly understated insight into the daydreaming mind
of a zen fool.

1 - 24 August, 2014 (Not Mondays: 4, 11, 18)
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
10.15 - 10.45 a.m. daily
Free, but ticketed.
Dance Base, Grassmarket, Edinburgh