Light as Dust, Hard as Steel, Fluid as Snake Saliva

The Butoh Body of Ashikawa Yoko

Authored by: Bruce Baird , Rosemary Candelario

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

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

Print ISBN: 9781138691094
eBook ISBN: 9781315536132
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315536132-23

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Abstract

Her presence is fierce, almost beyond human. Under her feet, the ground cracks open. We sense a heavy weight, yet also the speed of light. Limbs contrive the impossible. Her body challenges gravity. Every second, every moment, a decision is made. A decision to stand, or to fall. She places her body exactly where she has to be in this universe. Her body is eaten by insects, they crawl under her skin. And yet – she devours the world.

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