The Daily Practice of Hijikata Tatsumi’s Apprentices from 1969 to 1978

Authored by: Caitlin Coker

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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When attending butoh workshops from 2006 to 2016, I often heard the following phrase: “butoh cannot be taught.” To be more exact, Hijikata Tatsumi’s apprentices Kobayashi Saga and Waguri Yukio both stated this clearly, saying that what they teach are the “seeds” (Kobayashi 2005) or the “text” (Waguri) for butoh. Since butoh cannot be learned by imitating its movement, I wanted to know more about how these butoh teachers developed butoh. This led me to research their time spent with Hijikata.

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