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 from “bu”, meaning “to dance” and “to” meaning “to stamp on the ground.”

Regardless of whether you enjoy Butoh or not, you’re sure to be drawn to its unusual theater and costume, and the dancers’ painted, grotesque or often expressionless faces. I hope you’ll like then share this video with others.


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