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Butoh

In times when dance seeks more and more for perfect techniques, virtuous and beautiful movements and becoming a matter of young and healthy people, Butoh seems to form a massive contrast:

Instead of occupying space and time by spatial and rhythmic patterns, it creates a sense of time and space in the audience by hiding, minimizing, going inside instead of looking for the outside expression, destroying any security also by reducing optic contrasts (for example by using white makeup). Butoh even refuses any definition of itself: “When you can define something as Butoh, it is no Butoh anymore”. Tatsumi Hijikata

This approach leaves the spectator alone with his or her own associations and abysses. Also because of this, Butoh is often called the dance of darkness, because on the first look it seems to hide more than to reveal.
Therefore Butoh seems to be very close to the idea of “danse automatique”. Actually I don’t know, if the contact with Butoh lead to this idea or if the idea made me feel attracted to Butoh. Consequently a lot of my pieces might be called Butoh, especially the Solo-works...