The Cinematic Forms of Butoh Films

Authored by: Aaron Kerner

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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Butoh performers have had a long productive interaction with the cinematic form – from documented butoh performances to the spasmodic butoh-inspired performances in E. Elias Merhige’s 1990 film Begotten. This chapter will chart the terrain of various types of butoh films and survey the ways these two art forms – butoh and cinema – mutually seduced one another, how the cinematic medium has been used to record butoh performances, and what remains yet to be discovered.

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