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  • Sankai Juku – Mercat de les Flors (The Center for the Arts)

    Sankai Juku – Mercat de les Flors (The Center for the Arts)

    Sankai Juki at Mercat de les Flors (The Center for the Arts) At the beginning of the video we see four white-faced performers in very slow, highly controlled movement, so typical of Butoh. In another sequence a soloist does a mock Scottish dance to Scottish music. Is he interpreting other cultures’ performances as being superficial and insignificant? And of little consequence when compared to Butoh? Then notice the intricate shapes made as two performers intertwine and entangle different parts of […]

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  • Sankai Juku – Toki

    Sankai Juku – Toki

    Some don’t necessarily consider Sankai Juku to be legitimate Butoh, but I would say from what I’ve read that it should be more accurately described as second generation Butoh. The feeling is that the basic elements of the original Butoh (shaved heads, white faces, and distorted postures) have been used for commercial gain and that the more authentic and original Butoh has been distorted. Sankai Juku, the Butoh dance troupe which came into existence in the 70s, is more precisely […]

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  • Sankai Juku – The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity

    Sankai Juku – The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity

    Sometimes diverse points of view make the very point the choreographer intended to begin with. And certainly such is the case with Unetsu, The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity. Indeed, even Amagatsu himself, the creator of Unetsu, chose not to interpret his own work when interviewed. Instead he wanted the audience to have that dialogue with themselves once they saw the work. What Amagatsu did offer, however, was that the egg signifies the beginning of life…but also destruction…in as much […]

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  • Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Butoh, which came into existence in the late 50s, was Japan’s modernistic approach to dance in response to the country’s need to find an identify after the devastation of World War II. In one sense Butoh is about traditional ritual while on the other hand it’s about resistance, resistance to the conservative, traditional form of Japanese dance up until that time. Though sometimes ghastly, frightening, and macabre in its presentation, Butoh gave Japan the breakthrough of individual expression. Butoh derives […]

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  • Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Sankai Juku – Butoh

    Butoh is a philosophy of movement, more than a specific style, that comes to us from Japan. Loosely translated as stomp or earth dance, Butoh is characterized by natural movement that may be found in any of life’s situations or environments. It sought to get away from “the beautiful” of the traditional Japanese and Western dance and move toward the organic. Performers may represent the twisted body of a woman working in the rice paddies, for example. More theater than […]

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  • Butoh

    Butoh

    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. […]

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