Rethinking the “Indigeneity” of Hijikata Tatsumi in the 1960s as a Photographic Negative Image of Japanese Dance History

Authored by: Inata Naomi , Bruce Baird

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

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

Print ISBN: 9781138691094
eBook ISBN: 9781315536132
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315536132-6

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Abstract

Hijikata Tatsumi (1928–1986), dancer and choreographer, is one of the founders of butoh, a new dance form created in Japan. He called his dance ankoku butoh, which literally means darkness dance, and symbolized it with the aphorism “Butoh is a dead body desperately standing up.”

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