2010 UWSA

A movement dark, grotesque, violent, extreme - Tatsumi Hijikata’s Butoh pushed the limitations of modern dance, returning the body to its most primal state. He rejected western ideals of beauty, and instead explored austere, archetypalgestures of ancient Japan drawn from his childhood memories. Deep visualization liberated Hijikata’s movement, and allowed extreme control of his body through energy channeled into the nervous system. Pain, starvation, and sleep deprivation allowed Hijikata and his pupils to achieve a fragile, but emotionally explosive range of movement. A chair for Hijikata would be more than an object; it would defy the limitations of its own entity, a field removing its occupant from the conscious world. A device to prepare for performance, his chair would push Hijikata to a raw emotional state, distilled from the corporeal.

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