Yesterday evening I was with some friends at Frauke- Endangered at Atalante, it was magic and it’s no idea to add words on this experience, every or any word about it will be wrong… it was an emotional performance that I’m happy to experience and if I have the possibility to say to you all, See it!
It’s strong, it’s unique and at the same time beautiful and scary in some way at the same time, it’s a meditative play more then and intellectual… You can with your intellect understand that it’s a great performance but when you try to relate to it with words, your lost.
I get fascinated and also in love in the act, it put me in a mood far out from my ordinary life, all my good and bad thoughts and feeling goes away for awhile.
Before butoh, there were two forms of dance in
Japan: traditional dance (mainly kagura, buyoh,
bugaku, and noh) and Western dance (classical ballet and modern dance) brought
in the wawe of Western influence which started in the Meiji era. Butoh has its
roots in the turbulence of post-war Japan . The early experimentation of
butoh was made in the context of Japan ’s
avant garde scene, where artists explored new identities as a consequence of
the contradictions and different impulses of the time. They attempted to create
art that drew its strength from their own history--from their own bodies. Tokyo
As founding figures of butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-1986) and Kazuo Ohno (1906-2010) aimed to turn the obvious upside down and prove that dance could be something else than forms that fitted in and confirmed social patterns. For them, the body was not a means to transmit ideas, but rather, it was an ‘end’ to confront and question.