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)|
|Location:||Hartwell Dance Theater|
|Time:||11 am (Session II)|