REDEFINE // BUTOH DANCING (舞踏): DISCOVERING EMPTINESS, EMBODIMENT & ENVIRONMENT IN AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF BODY

FULL ARTICLE: BUTOH DANCING (舞踏): DISCOVERING EMPTINESS, EMBODIMENT & ENVIRONMENT IN AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF BODY // http://www.redefinemag.com/2013/international-butoh-dancing-emptiness-embodiment-environment-archeology/


Even if a character is predetermined, the Butoh dancer will often experience several cathartic encounters of self through their experience of body — almost infantile, as though this self is entirely unfamiliar. It is through the deep connection with the body’s physicality and range of movements that accidental gesture creates character. It is unwritten character from chaos. Within this ecstatic madness, the relinquishment of control does not always mean the surrender of particular identity. The embodiment of a concrete identity can be enabled through conscious use of costume and props, the potential of which may surprise audiences accustomed to seeing only the naked Butoh dancer. The objects’ symbolism must come from a dancer’s deeply personal connection to their presence: with minimalism as the most expressive aesthetic, everything must serve a purpose.


 

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