Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy

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Both a refraction of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a protest against Western values, butoh is a form of Japanese dance theater that emerged in the aftermath of World War II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the growth of this provocative art form from its mid-century founding under a sign of darkness to its assimilation in the twenty-first century as a poignant performance medium with philosophical and political implications.

Through highly descriptive, thoughtful, and emotional prose, Fraleigh traces the transformative alchemy of this metaphoric dance form by studying the international movement inspired by its aesthetic mixtures. While butoh has retained a special identity related to its Japanese background, it also has blossomed into a borderless art with a tolerant and inclusive morphology gaining prominence in a borderless century.

Employing intellectual and aesthetic perspectives to reveal the origins, major figures, and international development of the dance, Fraleigh documents the range and variety of butoh artists around the world with first-hand knowledge of butoh performances from 1973 to 2008. Her definitions of butoh's morphology, alchemy, and philosophy set a theoretical framework for poetic and engaging articulations of twenty butoh performances in Japan, Europe, India, and the West. With a blend of scholarly research and direct experience, she also signifies the unfinished nature of butoh and emphasizes its capacity to effect spiritual transformation and bridge cultural differences.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252077415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252077418
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on September 7, 2014
By CESAR MAYORAL FIGUEROA
Just a must.

Comprehensive

 on November 11, 2012
By K.N.
The most comprehensive work on Butoh in English, well written, historical, philosophical, and poetic. Fraleigh does for Butoh what John Martin did for Martha Graham. She makes this dance form understandable and puts it on the global map.

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