Who created Butoh dance?

Butoh was founded by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in late 1950s Japan. Translated from Japanese, “butoh” means “dance step”. Like kabuki and noh, butoh is distinctly Japanese in terms of origin, but it breaks from the more traditional forms by using grotesque imagery and environments to explore taboo topics.

How did Butoh develop?

History of Butoh – Butoh began in 1960s Japan as a new dance-theater form created by collaborations between Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.

Who is Sharon Stern?

Sharon Stern, 32, of Hollywood, Florida, was drawn into butoh, a Japanese style of contemporary dance also called the ‘dance of darkness’ which explores the taboo themes. Her family claim the married yoga teacher lost her sanity and committed suicide, allegedly driven to despair by her butoh master, Katsura Kan.

What is the purpose of Butoh dance?

Butoh is an attempt to uncover the dance that already exists, it must emerge from within, and not be imposed from without. Butoh uses ‘reduction’ to great effect, for example, stillness and slow motion are well known to audiences of Butoh.

What does Butoh look like?

Butoh (舞踏) is the name given to a variety of performance practices that emerged around the middle of the XXth century in Japan. For the general audience, it appears as a type of dance or silent theater which displays extreme visual images created by skinny, white painted dancers.

Why do Butoh dancers paint themselves white?

The white paint, and/or white clothing, associated with butoh is supposed to reflect a childlike purity in the performers, stripping away all potential preconceptions of the dancer(s) in question.

Where is Butoh dance from?

Butoh (舞踏, Butō) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.


Butoh Dance Performance of Atsushi Takenouchi @ Oporto.

Butoh (舞踏) dance – Kokoro Dance @ 2015 Powell Street Festival

Mitsuyo Uesugi BUTOH short PV

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