Tatsumi Hijikata (1928 – 1986) was a Japanese dance choreographer, dancer and actor and the co-founder of Butoh. By the late 1960s, he had begun to develop this dance form, which is highly choreographed with stylized gestures drawn from his childhood memories of his northern Japan home. Steven Barber believes that ” Hijikata is the supreme figure in the second half of Japan’s twentieth century experimental culture, and the most seminal and inspirational figure of that previous century for innovative artists, choreographers, film-makers, musicians and writers working in contemporary Japan.”
Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Text Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
By chance I found out that the The CAVE in New York runs a Butoh festival every two years. I searched for videos of this festival on YouTube and luckily I found three. I was soon really surprised to find out how much this Japanese art form is popular in New York and around the world.