Why was Butoh created?

Butoh was born from a deep disassociation from the athleticism portrayed by classical dance forms. It sought to revolutionize the socially conditioned response of the dancer to exhibit strength, athleticism, and balance. Rather, Butoh dancers would often explore the diseased, the age-worn, or the weakened body.

What is the purpose of Butoh?

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.

Why is butoh dance popular?

Butoh is a Japanese avant-garde dance form developed in 1959 as a reaction against Western influence in Japanese politics and culture. Butoh’s founders, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, have created a dance movement that is growing in popularity in the USA, influencing psychology, fashion, music, art and architecture.

Where did butoh come from?

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

What is Butoh and what inspired the creation of this movement?

Butoh is a Japanese dance theatre form that originated in the late 50s and early 60s in Japan. It was founded by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, two dancers influenced deeply by the post-war era and postmodernist ideas that had permeated into the arts through literature, visual art, and dance.

What is Butoh movement?

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.


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