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Want to read more about butoh? Here are some links to
sites about butoh as an art form and some sites of butoh
Includes an article
The World of Butoh Dance
Lots of links to reviews and articles
Butoh - The Dance of Darkness
Brief, poetic description of Butoh.
What is Butoh?
Argentine site (in English)
Flesh and Blood Mystery Theater
Material about Butoh and Butoh artists
Genealogy of Butoh
Just what it
says, complete with family tree.
history of Butoh, with bibliography and some stunning photos.
McLeod's History of Butoh
Butoh: Dance of Darkness
A brief article, originally published in Dutch, by Harmen
July 14, 2003
What's on This Week?
by Rachel Howard
Inspired Absurdity from Japan
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
By Rita Felciano
Company choreographer Kumotaro Mukai's
Kochuten: Paradise in a Jar, was a disciplined, tightly
structured extravaganza of non-sequiturs that those lucky enough to have
been in attendance are not likely to forget very soon. It was a show as
non-sensical as it was creepy, full of imagery that its performers
yanked out of context with the greatest of glee, constantly setting up
expectations only to undercut them. Not least of Kochuten's
accomplishments was a smart use of music which ranged from Euro-pop to
avantgarde classical to Bob Marley to movie favorites.
Speed-date a composer
By Paul Parish
McKenna Theater seats probably 500-600. Its
barrel-vaulted roof squats on the audience like the roof of a cave, and
I always feel the curtain is going to go up and reveal an aquarium; a
man who knows it better says he always thinks he's at Disneyland, and
that the show will start with sci-fi effects hurling you into the arena
like "Fantastic Voyage."
Which made it very refreshing that the
second half (the "Amy" show, for reasons which will be revealed) opened
with Spiraling Ahead: a group of very fine Cunninghamesque
dancers dressed in sherbet colors, stalking about like popsicles, doing
quirky things at odd times against a cyclorama that was loveliest when
it was purple, to music that had the effect of a shimmering vibraphone.
Choreography by Amy Helmstetter, music by Nurit Jugend.
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