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Akira Kasai Dance Unit

The cliches of butoh are well-known: nude bodies painted white; twisting, often agonizingly slow movement; undercurrents of violence and despair. The 1959 piece acknowledged to have begun the movement–Tatsumi Hijikata’s Kinjiki, inspired by Yukio Mishima’s novel Forbidden Colors–included among other bizarre events the slaughter of a chicken. Hijikata, Kazuo Ohno, and Akira Kasai formed the […]