Global Butoh as Experienced in San Francisco

Authored by: Brechin Flournoy

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

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

Print ISBN: 9781138691094
eBook ISBN: 9781315536132
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315536132-34

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Abstract

Butoh. The very word has been known to elicit groans, quizzical looks, and/or ecstatic devotion. During the 1980s and 1990s, even the most stalwart of fans identified butoh as the Dance of Darkness, made familiar by images of bald heads and physical contortions performed at an agonizing slow pace. White, painted bodies. Silent screams. Hypnotic, indelible imagery. Self-indulgence. Spectacle. The walking dead. Butoh was the embodiment of darkness or light capable of igniting powerful reactions of revelation, boredom, or disgust.

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