“Inserting the Hip/s” and “Lowering the Hip/s” Excerpt from Chapter 1, “That Which is Nanba -Like” from What are Traditional Arts? A Dialogue for Criticism and Creation

Authored by: Takechi Tetsuji , Tomioka Taeko , Maki Isaka

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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In order for the Japanese – rather than Westerners – to provide a new cultural value in the present, it’s critical to push to the extreme thinking through things in a nanba-like manner. That is, in a manner of rice-cropping agriculture in paddies, a thinking style that is available to nobody other than the Japanese. We have to be based on this nanba-like thinking style, or it’s impossible for a contemporary art to emerge, isn’t it? It was Hijikata Tatsumi who did that to a certain extent, you see. And then, rather than Hijikata himself, what’s called ankoku butoh has been appreciated overseas to some degree.

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