Kazuo Ohno was a Japanese dancer who became a guru and inspirational figure in the dance In the s, he met Tatsumi Hijikata, who inspired him to begin cultivating Butoh, a new form of dance evolving in the turmoil of Japan’s drab. This compact, well-illustrated and clearly written book unravels the contribution of two of modern theatre’s most charismatic innovators. Hijikata Tatsumi and. Explore liz’s board “Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Dance movement, Dancing and Japan art.

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Butoh developed at the height of the Japanese Counter Culture Movement and was influenced by surrealism, neo dada, French mime techniques, ballet, flamenco, Neue Tanz German Expressionist dance as well as French and European literature. Developed by Tatsumi Hijikata and Ohno Kazuo, in collaboration with other artists such as Yoshito Ohno, Akira Kasai and others, butoh split into two forms of dance, one choreographed, the other, improvised. Female butoh dancers such as Yoko Ashikawa, Natsu Nakajima, Saga Kobayashi profoundly influenced the course of the art form and its development.

Today, there are numerous butoh expressions, and the art form ranges from a minimalist expression, to the grotesque and theatrical. The most renown Butoh group worldwide is Sankai Juku who is based in Paris. Butoh dancers are expected not only to learn movements, but they also work like method actors; each movement is informed by notations scripted directions. Surrealist techniques are used to generate movements layered with emotions and sensations.


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Butoh represents a shift from the conscious to the subconscious, and each movement, even when it is choreographed, comes from within and must be authentic. Encouraged by the positive response from European critics, the vast majority of the second butoh generation settled in Europe.

Lazuo, a new wave of butoh developed. A third and fourth wave is presently under way, resulting in the cross-cultural exchange between Japanese practitioners and non-Japanese.

The founder of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata, wrote: With this statement, Hijikata pointed out that all human beings carry an unconscious side. Navel and A-Bomb figures the ‘birth’ of a new Japanese identity in the wake of the atomic catastrophe, the subsequent defeat and occupation of Japan.

Hosoe met Hijikata the year prior to Navel and A-Bomb. In Hijikata choreographed and performed Kinjiki Forbidden Colorsbased on the homosexual imagery found in Yukio Mishima’s novel of the same name published in Norio Maeda, Sadao Watanabe etc.

If only I could succeed in doing that, then I might fulfill my longing to share a part of my life with you.

Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo

Take great care at all times. Even the most infinitesimal detail of the slightest gesture you make should be executed with loving care.

If I breathe out They spill from my body. I breathe myself in and out. My soul floats throughout the sky As it turns to ashes and falls. On eating our fill, we both ceased to exist, leaving only love in our wake. Did I sacrifice myself as we tore into each other? He allowed me eat my fill.


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For my part, I ate as much I wanted. He offered me everything, and I likewise offered him all I had to give. We took great pleasure in being devoured.

It was just as though we were frolicking about like children. We found gratification in eating our fill, by devouring each other. And now, I live in a world where I strum this wooden floor beneath my feet. I live in a world where there are no boundaries between here and the hereafter.

They create a desert around them, then complain there is no water, Why don’t they try drinking from the well of their own bodies?

Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo

Let them pluck the darkness from their own flesh. New York Butoh Institute.

The Dream a Dream Project. Wake Up and Smell The Coffee. Photo Eikoh Hosoe- Hijikata and a girl – Kamaitachi.

Butoh has another dimension” – Tatsumi Hijikata Hijikata Tatsumi- The words of Butoh “The Body is constantly violated by things like the development of technology ” Tatsumi Hijikata

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