Dairakudakan's 'unearthly' butoh meets a tortured Russian tale

Stage Mar 15, 2018

Dairakudakan's 'unearthly' butoh meets a tortured Russian tale

by Nobuko Tanaka

Following a January press conference in which the New National Theatre, Tokyo, announced that Dairakudakan, one of the world's leading butoh companies, would be staging two performances of "Tsumi to Batsu" ("Crime and Punishment") in March, troupe founder Akaji Maro delivered a triumphant statement. "Having ...

Butoh for kids has fun with 'birthday suit' tale

Stage Jul 26, 2016

Butoh for kids has fun with 'birthday suit' tale

by Nobuko Tanaka

"Gloomy," "eerie," "vulgar," "avant-garde" and "conceptual" are adjectives often used to describe butoh, the genre of Japanese modern dance started in 1959 by Tatsumi Hishikata and Kazuo Ohno in which performers usually paint their near-naked bodies white. In contrast, Ikko Tamura — a core member ...