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By Sondra Fraleigh

Both a refraction of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a protest opposed to Western values, butoh is a sort of jap dance theater that emerged within the aftermath of worldwide struggle II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the expansion of this provocative artwork shape from its mid-century founding below an indication of darkness to its assimilation within the twenty-first century as a poignant functionality medium with philosophical and political implications.


Through hugely descriptive, considerate, and emotional prose, Fraleigh strains the transformative alchemy of this metaphoric dance shape by way of learning the foreign circulation encouraged through its aesthetic combos. whereas butoh has retained a distinct identification concerning its eastern historical past, it additionally has blossomed right into a without boundary lines artwork with a tolerant and inclusive morphology gaining prominence in a without boundary lines century.


Employing highbrow and aesthetic views to bare the origins, significant figures, and foreign improvement of the dance, Fraleigh records the diversity and diversity of butoh artists world wide with first-hand wisdom of butoh performances from 1973 to 2008. Her definitions of butoh's morphology, alchemy, and philosophy set a theoretical framework for poetic and interesting articulations of twenty butoh performances in Japan, Europe, India, and the West. With a mix of scholarly examine and direct adventure, she additionally indicates the incomplete nature of butoh and emphasizes its ability to impact non secular transformation and bridge cultural differences.

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