Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement inspired by the Ankoku-Butoh movement in Japan. It is playful and uses grotesque imagery. It is about taboo topics and extreme or absurd environments.While Butoh is is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience, there is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.
Last December 30, Russ Ligtas and Liyo de Norte staged a Butoh performance at the Diwata Galeri in Kukuk's Nest -North. It was a performance that leaves the audience grasping during the show and raving after. There is something about this dance form that touches the subconscious.
Liyo's frantic dance movements coupled with a cry for help is a journey to the dark unknown while Russ' restrained performance provided the balance to the dou's Filipino brand of Butoh dance. Performed in front of an intimate audience, it was certainly an unforgettable debut.
Categories: Performance Arts