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Butoh - Trying to Describe the Experience

 
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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 movement.

Year 12 Wenonah Van Damme attended the Year 12 QACI performance of Butoh recently and provided her reflection following the performance.

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

 

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Last reviewed 18 March 2019
Last updated 18 March 2019