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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

An Investigation of Butoh in the 21st Century

Butoh, a Japanese style of dance, was developed in postwar Japan as an outcry against westernization of Japan. It was a means of rebelling against western dance forms and a means of expressing revolt against changing social values. Butoh, because of its rebellious nature, has been called the “dance of darkness”; marked by a focus on grotesqueness and vulgarness of influences on Japanese culture. Therefore, movement associated with Butoh is usually considered disturbing. If Butoh is capable of expressing the dark nature of such a socially difficult period in Japanese history, would Butoh be useful in expressing the shocking nature of social injustice?

Presenter: Kathleen Reagan (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 11 am (Session II)