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Author Fraleigh, Sondra Horton, 1939-

Title Dancing into darkness : Butoh, Zen, and Japan / Sondra Horton Fraleigh
Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press ; [London?] : Dance Books, [1999]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  792.80952 Fra/Did  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 272 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents Forgotten garden : Natsu Nakajima, performance -- The marble bath : Takayama Ryokan, poetry -- My mother : Kazuo Ohno, dance class -- Shibui and the sublime : Sankai Juku, performance -- My mother's face : Natsu Nakajima, workshop -- Shards : Saburo Teshigawara, performance -- Empty land : Natsu Nakajima, performance -- American mother and Shinto : Ohno Village, travels -- Liebe Susanne Linke and Toru Iwashita, performances -- Beginner's body : Yoko Ashikawa, dance class -- Tree installation : Min Tanaka, performance -- Amazing grace : Kazuo Ohno, performance -- Hot spring : Hakone Yumoto, poetry -- The waters of life : Kazuo Ohno, dance class -- How I got the name "Bright Road Friend" : Shodo Akane, Zen -- The existential answer : Nario Goda, interview -- Hokohtai, the walking body : Yoko Ashikawa, performance -- Dance and Zen, Kyo Ikiru : Shodo Akane, Zen prose and haiku on Japan, poetry -- Postbutoh Chalk : Anamirl Van der Pluijm, performance -- Dust and breath : Sankai Juku, performance and poetry -- The hanging body : Joan Laage, performance -- Zen and Wabi-Sabi Taste : Setsuko Yamada, performance -- The community body : Akira Kasai and Yumiko Yoshioka.Ô²
Summary "Butoh, also known as "dance of darkness," is a postmodern dance form that began in Japan as an effort to recover the primal body, or "the body that has not been robbed," as butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata put it. Butoh has become increasingly popular in the United States and throughout the world, diversifying its aesthetic, while at the same time asserting the power of its spiritual foundations."--BOOK JACKET
"Dancing Into Darkness is Sondra Horton Fraleigh's chronological diary of her deepening understanding of and appreciation for this art form, as she moves from a position of aesthetic response as an audience member to that of assimilation as a student. As a student of Zen and butoh, Fraleigh witnesses her own artistic and personal transformation through essays, poems, interviews, and reflections spanning twelve years of study, much of it in Japan. Numerous performance photographs and original calligraphy by Fraleigh's Zen teacher Shodo Akane illuminate her words."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [261]-263) and index
Subject Zen arts -- Japan.
LC no. 98058109
ISBN 0822940981 (cloth : acid-free paper)
1852730684 (Dance Books)