Butoh and Taboo

Authored by: Gunji Masakatsu , Jane Traynor

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138691094
eBook ISBN: 9781315536132
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Why is it that that when one sees the white-painted limbs of ankoku butoh troupes, one gets the feeling that one has been imprisoned within walls? You might think it is the color of punishment for the sin of treachery. It goes without saying that such whiteness is not clear and bright. The black of darkness is submerged in the depths of those naked bodies, and they are abnormally enveloped with the scent of repression.

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