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Occupied Bodies: Re-thinking the Atomic Gaze in Ankoku Butoh


Wed 23 Jul 2014, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Butoh emerged in post-war Japan as an expression of protest against authority.

This talks sees Adam Broinowski draw on a wealth of research and personal experience to explore the key principles underpinning Butoh, and its intrinsic relationship to the legacy from US-occupied, post-Hiroshima Japan in a nuclear age.

He also discusses the renewed relevance of Butoh following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, and shows how Ankoku Butoh (‘Dance of Darkness’) offers clues for rethinking our lived priorities in a post-Fukushima world.

This is the first in a five-part lecture series titled Noh to Now: Traditions and Counter-traditions in Japanese Performance, programmed and presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney in conjunction with the Art Gallery NSW’s Theatre of dreams, theatre of play: nō and kyōgen in Japan exhibition.

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