Death Rituals and Survival Acts

Hata Kanoko’s “butoh action” and alternative inter-Asian transnationalism

Authored by: Chiayi Seetoo

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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It was an evening in July, hot and sultry. I sat on one of the little stools scattered on the ground inside a tent, waiting for the first full dress rehearsal of Yellow Butterfly Flying to the South’s (Ch. Huangdie nantian) butoh performance Body-Vessel of the Priestess (Ch. Zhugao zhi qi, 2011). 1 The tent perched on the hillside of Losheng Sanatorium, a leper colony in the Xinzhuang district of New Taipei City, on the west fringe of Taipei, Taiwan. The live beating of cymbals, gongs, and drums before the curtain recalled the atmosphere of traditional temple festivities of this region.

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