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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 warfare II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the expansion of this provocative paintings shape from its mid-century founding less than 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 lines the transformative alchemy of this metaphoric dance shape by means of learning the overseas circulation encouraged through its aesthetic combos. whereas butoh has retained a different identification relating to its eastern heritage, it additionally has blossomed right into a without borders paintings with a tolerant and inclusive morphology gaining prominence in a without borders century.


Employing highbrow and aesthetic views to bare the origins, significant figures, and overseas 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 influence religious transformation and bridge cultural differences.

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