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Butoh

Every Butoh performance itself is an ultimate expression... If Butoh dancers were content with less than the ultimate, they would not be actually dancing Butoh, for real Butoh, like real life itself, cannot be given rankings. — Iwana Masaki

Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement inspired by Ankoku-Butoh (Dance of Utter Darkness) 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, with or without an audience. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.





 
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