On the Eve of the Birth of Ankoku Butoh

Postwar Japanese modern dance and Ohno Kazuo

Authored by: Kuniyoshi Kazuko , Bruce Baird

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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In 1926, at the age of twenty, Ohno Kazuo came to Tokyo, and then entered the world of dance in 1936, while working as physical education teacher. Before and after the war, he was involved in the dance world, and then in 1954, he met Hijikata Tatsumi. Eventually, he participated alongside Hijikata in the creative period of ankoku butoh. How did he go from modern dance to butoh, and just what were the reasons that lead to his separation from modern dance? By looking at this period from the vantage point of Ohno, I want to cast light on the eve of the birth of ankoku butoh. 1

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