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The Dance of Darkness: Butoh!
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History and background
Butoh first appeared in Japan post-World War II in 1959, under the collaboration of Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo
The dance was a reaction against the Japanese dance scene, Hijikata felt was overly based on imitating the West and following traditional styles.
wanted turn away from the Western styles of dance like ballet and modern and create a new art form that embraced earthbound physique and natural movement
The Dance Form
Who: Anyone can dance Butoh, it doesn't discriminate against body shape or age.
What: Japanese born dance that is meant to liberate impulses and work to dismantle the mental, emotional, and cultural barriers that encourage a disconnection between others, nature, and the self.
When: it started in the late 1950's and it is still continued to be performed to this day.
Where: It started off in Japan but today it is danced all over the world.
Why: It is meant for self expression and not entertainment.
formed by and amalgamation if influences
The German expressionistic dances of Mary Eingman and Harald Krautzberg gave Butoh its creative freedom.
Surrealism and Dada were another source of inspiration
influenced by the body, every body is a perfect body.
Butoh has become one of the most radical theme of human beings, dance and cultures
variety of styles and aesthetics can be found in Butoh; it has ceased being an exclusively Japanese art-form and is developing all over the world
Momo Butoh Dance Company "Join Us in a Life of Dancing Freely!" Greenville, NC April 8 & 12
Jnana Home Studio on W. Wright St. @ 9-11am
MomoButoh Dance Company
Artistic Director: Maureen “momo” Freehill, MFA
email: momo @ butopia dot net
phone: 206 855 5836
Skype is the greatest for meetings & sessions…call or email for skype name exchange.
Butoh has no specific type or genre of music
it encompasses the use of experimental noise and sound
butoh performers have worked with country music, speed metal, tradition folk music,and even cheesy lounge music.
Top artists: Mushio Funazawa, Michael Nyman, Honza Svasek
Butoh is a hybrid form of art, incorporating elements of theater, dance, mime, Noh, Kabuki, and at times the chinese arts of Chi kung and Tai chi; it is up tpo the individul artist to find their own dance.
Japanese Dance theater
Founded by Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo in 1959.
known to "resist fixity"
Butoh is know as the "dance of darkness"
meant to show distress
can be wild, primal and sexually explicit
NOW STAND UP AND GET READY TO BUTOH!