The Origins of Japanese Butoh Dance

Kazuo Ohno during a butoh workshop, 1986; with Revolt of the Body by Tatsumi Hijikata, photographed by Roku Hasegawa, 1968 Butoh or Buto, in literal Japanese translation, means dance (bu), step (toh). Butoh dance was founded in Japan in the late 1950s. From its radical beginnings in the Tokyo underground, with outrageous performances and bow-legged …

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