The Greatest Show on Earth 2016. Photo: Anja Beutler

Contact Gonzo


The Contact Gonzo group is a Japanese collective created in 2006 and based in Osaka that creates installations, performances and concerts in ever-changing shapes. Their unique style of
performance involves constant physical contact in forms that sometimes look like street fighting and sometimes dance. The places they perform are equally unique, including parks, on the
streets, in the woods, or in nuclear shelters or underground malls. Their form of improvisational performance grew out of the experiments of dancers Masaru Kakio and Yuya Tsukahara using
techniques of the “contact improvisation” style and a style which they termed “philosophy of pain, technique of contact”. Their performances have been presented at the Aichi Triennale (2010) and the Setouchi Triennale (2017).