Lecture Language: english
Butoh connects the conscious with the unconscious. Movement is not dictaded from the outside, but, appears in the interaction between the outer and inner world.
Some people say that the essence of butoh lies in the mechanism through which the dancers stops being himself and becomes someone or something else. This is a different conception of dance then the conventional where the body of the dancer expresses an emotion or abstract idea. For example, take the studying of a rooster. "The idea was to push out all of the human inside and let the bird take its place. You may start by imitating, but imitation is not your final goal; when you believe you are thinking completely like a chicken you have succeeded." It is not depiction or symbolization which is the foundation of butoh. It is the metamorphosis.
(Ojima Ichiro quoted in: Klein, Susan Blakely Ankoku buto : the premodern and postmodern influences on the dance of utter darkness. Ithaca (N.Y.): Cornell University, 1988, 97p. (Cornell East Asia Papers.)
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