Born out of post World War II in Japan, Butoh was a movement in search of a new identity. Japan had been defeated, and its sense of self had been badly shaken. It needed to restore itself by searching for renewed meaning. And one way it sought to do so was through theater and dance. Thus Butoh was born. It was a dance that delved into the unconscious and human prehistory. It was one of darkness, of shadows, of imagination.

Inspired by the the writings of Jean Genet, the Marquid De Sade, and Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, Tatsumi Jijikata founded Butoh. A rebellion against Western dance and Japanese traditional dance, Butoh’s roots were in German Expressionism.

Danced by Taketeru Kudo..

In the late 50s Hijikata collaborated with Kazuo Ohno who had studied with Takaya Eguchi, a pupil of Mary Wigman. As a consequence we see the influence of German Expressionism. I hope you’ll like and share this video with others.


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