Category Archives: Dance

Tatsumi Hijikata – the godfather of Butoh!

Photo by Hiroshi Yamazaki

Tatsumi Hijikata (1928 – 1986) was a Japanese dance choreographer, dancer and actor and the co-founder of Butoh. By the late 1960s, he had begun to develop this dance form, which is highly choreographed with stylized gestures drawn from his childhood memories of his northern Japan home. Steven Barber believes that ” Hijikata is the supreme figure in the second half of Japan’s twentieth century experimental culture, and the most seminal and inspirational figure of that previous century for innovative artists, choreographers, film-makers, musicians and writers working in contemporary Japan.”

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Butoh In NY: The NY Butoh Festival At The CAVE

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Text Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

By chance I found out that the The CAVE in New York runs a Butoh festival every two years. I searched for videos of this festival on YouTube and luckily I found three. I was soon really surprised to find out how much this Japanese art form is popular in New York and around the world.

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Melvin Van Peebles’s classic movie “Sweet Sweetback” soon on stage!

In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles directed and starred in one of the classics of African-American film. Now, with the group Burnt Sugar and a cast of more than a dozen, he workshops a new stage version, filled with Baadasssss songs. From Brooklyn Independent Television’s Caught in the Act, episode 22. Original airdate: 1/27/2010.

Burnt Sugar upcoming shows

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