Definition of butoh in English:



mass noun
  • A style of Japanese modern dance featuring dancers covered in white body paint.

    • ‘To do butoh is like being involved in a process.’
    • ‘She was first captivated by the Japanese dance form of butoh in 1986, when she saw a performance by famous butoh company Sankai Juko.’
    • ‘Slow-moving, with the mysterious atmosphere of butoh but not its extreme physical discipline, it presented the shifting relationships among its four dancers.’
    • ‘Waguri collaborated with Hijikata until his death in 1985, and after 20 years studying butoh, he continues to develop the art.’
    • ‘The groups are not billed as butoh in Japan and the artists don't claim to practice the form.’
    • ‘Also, if you're interested in learning more about her dance style, Yoshioka is giving a body resonance workshop based on butoh and organic movement.’
    • ‘Hip-hop came from the bottom of the social pyramid while butoh came from the underground of Japanese society.’
    • ‘While most people (those who have heard of it) think of butoh as a dance of achingly slow movement, Kasai's performance was anything but.’
    • ‘I don't think I've consciously been inspired by butoh directly.’
    • ‘"Though butoh is a very internal art," Kasai explains, "It cannot live without the inspiration of images coming from the outside."’
    • ‘Butoh originated in post-WWII Japan, and is most commonly characterized by emotionally raw and almost torturously slow movement, and the white body paint donned by many practitioners.’
    • ‘I've seen some butoh but I've never done any training.’
    • ‘Kasai has been called the "Nijinsky of butoh," and he agrees that there may be a parallel.’
    • ‘Akira Kasai steps outside boundaries of butoh’
    • ‘However, Ando also studied Ankoku butoh, and from that tradition she inherits the idea of using movement and imagery to stir up deep, ancestral memory.’
    • ‘For 20 years, Kasai studied under two founders of butoh, Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata, and in 1971 he established an institute for butoh studies in Tokyo, Tenshi-Kan.’
    • ‘In this powerful production a form of butoh is created that moves from the beautiful and finely executed, to the frenetic and dangerous.’
    • ‘They met in Japan in a workshop given by Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of the Japanese contemporary form butoh, which means "dance of darkness."’
    • ‘But if each person finds something different through the form, then what exactly is it that unites butoh?’
    • ‘On August 14 and 15, the dance company held its yearly performance at Wreck Beach, where nudity, the ocean, and the land all informed the group's study in butoh.’


Japanese, literally ‘dance’.