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Butoh dance solo show at Dramatyczny Theater
|date:||Thursday, 31 January 2013|
|Place:||Teatr Dramatyczny Miasta Stołecznego Warszawy|
InfoAtsushi Takenouchi – one of the most outstanding Japanese butoh dancers will perform a solo show entitled “1,000 drops, 1,000 flowers” at Na Woli Stage of Warsaw Studio’s Theater on Jan 31 to the accompaniment of live music by Hiroko Komiya.
Butoh stands for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement inspired by the Ankoku-Butoh movement. It typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.
Butoh appeared after World War II as a reaction against the contemporary dance scene in Japan, which Hijikata felt was based on the one hand on imitating the West and on the other on imitating the Noh. He critiqued the current state of dance as overly superficial.
The first butoh piece, Kinjiki (Forbidden Colours) by Tatsumi Hijikata, premiered at a dance festival in 1959. It was based on the novel of the same name by Yukio Mishima. The earliest butoh performances were called "Dance Experience."
In later work, Hijikata continued to subvert conventional notions of dance delving into grotesquerie, darkness, and decay.
The work developed beginning in 1960 by Kazuo Ohno with Tatsumi Hijikata was the beginning of what now is regarded as "butoh." In Jean Viala's and Nourit Masson-Sekinea's book Shades of Darkness, Ohno is regarded as "the soul of butoh," while Hijikata is seen as "the architect of butoh."
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