Returns and Repetitions

Hijikata Tatsumi’s choreographic practice as a critical gesture of temporalization

Authored by: Sara Jansen

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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I initially wrote this essay in response to an invitation to make a pilgrimage to the Tohoku region of Japan to attend a conference in August 2015. 1 It takes the “return to Tohoku” enacted by this conference as the starting point to question some of the many returns performed in and around Hijikata Tatsumi’s oeuvre. As I was preparing to make my first trip to the area to participate in this event, I wanted to engage specifically with my own resistance to the conventional reading of Hijikata’s body of work through his personal history with Tohoku.

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