Butoh is a form of Japanese dance theatre.
It captures playful yet grotesque imagery and taboo topics. Butoh was born following
World War II and is usually performed in white body makeup with slow controlled
Year 12 Wenonah Van Damme attended the Year 12 QACI
performance of Butoh recently and provided her reflection following the
There are little words to describe the experience of the 2019
Butoh show: Amaterasu. Butoh is a unique form of Japanese dance theatre that
arose after world war two. During four intense weeks, Year 12 theatre students worked
with Mark Hill, an international Butoh teacher who has been involved with all
of QACI’s Butoh shows over the years. A selection of the Year 12 theatre
students after weeks of learning intricate facial expressions and movements,
put on a mesmerising performance of Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
The studio had been transformed, with an amazing structural
display of bamboo adding to the atmosphere of the studio, and the smoke
machines making the studio feel like the misty land around mount Fuji.
The show was definitely an experience for the audience: with
no speech or dialogue, the story is imbedded in the movements and expressions
of the actors. Whether the audience understood the story or not, it was clear
they were being taken on an emotional story. Somehow the music and energy of
the actors changed the mood of the audience in an instant, from laughing to
crying to dancing.
Congratulations to the theatre teachers, Mark Hill, and of
course the cast and creators of Amaterasu for the amazing show. You should definitely
be proud of your creation.
...article written by Year 12, Wenonah Van Damme