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 ...

New butoh venue aims for intimacy

Stage Jul 7, 2016

New butoh venue aims for intimacy

by J.J. O'Donoghue

Butoh has found a permanent home in Kyoto. Appropriately, for a form of dance that originated in Japan but has flown under the radar here, that home is a tiny 154-year-old kura, or storehouse, hidden down an alley and squeezed between a medical college ...

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

Books / Reviews May 28, 2016

'Butoh': the dance of death and disease

by William Andrews

The first dance in Japan may well have been a mythological striptease. In one of the most famous episodes from Japanese folklore, the goddess Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto entices Amaterasu Omikami, the sun deity, to come out of hiding by ripping off her clothes and dancing. The ...

Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end

Style & Design May 30, 2015

Sayoko Yamaguchi, an enigma to the end

by John L. Tran

You may not know the name, but there is a good chance you know the face. As Clara Bow, Greta Garbo and Twiggy were iconic of their times, Sayoko Yamaguchi was everywhere in the 1970s. Even if you weren't a dedicated follower of fashion, ...

Insects inspire butoh master Maro

Stage Jun 25, 2014

Insects inspire butoh master Maro

by Rieko Suzuki

"I think if you looked at Earth from space, you'd see that the ones who really hold the reins here are not humans, but insects," Akaji Maro, a master of the expressionist Japanese dance genre butoh, declared in a recent interview for The ...