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Butoh was a movement that began in Japan in the late fifties. It was rebellion against Western dance and Japanese Traditional dance. It also has it's roots in German Expressionism.(Die Neue Tanz)
Tatsumi Hijikata was the founder of Butoh. He was inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, the Marquis De Sade, and Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. Butoh was born out of Post war Japan. It was a movement that was a search for a new identity, to establish meaning for a society after defeat. Butoh the dance of darkness is an exploration into the unconscious, it is the realm of the imagination, and shadows.It also investigates the pre-history of man; the primordial.
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The Suzuki method of acting, developed by Tadashi Suzuki, is one of the most commonly taught acting methods in the United States. . The Suzuki method works to build an actor’s awareness of his body, especially his center. The method uses exercises that are inspired by Greek theater and martial arts and require great amounts of energy and concentration. They result in the actor becoming more aware of his natural expressiveness and allow him to commit more fully to the physical and emotional requirements of acting.
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Physical theatre is a form of performance in which movement and physicality of the body has a predominant part in the narrative of a piece. This type of theatre often has close links with contemporary dance, Comedia dell’arte and mime. It’s hard to pin down the exact origins of physical theatre as it has grown and developed over many years, through many different practitioners and art forms
Lisa Gerrard - The mirror pool
BUTOH: Piercing the Mask by
Japanese dialogue, English subtitles.
Going beyond its examination of Butoh as dance, BUTOH: PIERCING THE MASK delves into the relationship between culture and society. It portrays Butoh as a primal scream, uttered at a time when the post-war invasion of Japan by Western cultural and social conventions forced artists to re-invent their own identity. It raises questions about the Japanese people by revealing connections between some of the darker aspects of Butoh and Japanese culture. It examines Butoh's relationship to contemporary life against the backdrop of modern Tokyo
In the early 1960s Butoh dance exploded onto the Japanese stage. The shockwaves ripped the Japanese dance community apart and shattered stereotypical images of the Japanese people. Sexy, violent, humorous and nihilistic, Butoh confronted Japanese society, ridiculing and mocking traditional conventions of beauty and behaviour. This documentary pierces the mystery and mystique of a dance movement adored by the West and largely ignored by the Japanese. It uses archival and modern footage of leading Butoh performers - Dairakudakan, Hakutobo, Kazuo Ono - and interviews with Butoh specialists to throw light on the essential Butoh themes of darkness, violence and eroticism to get to the core of the nature of Butoh.
Creating Physical Theatre (The Body in Performance)
Physicality is back in fashion and this 2 DVD set provides an inspiring guide to some of the ideas, strategies and methods that can be used in a professional and educational context to add physical dimensions to performance.
Disc 1 Includes interviews, rehearsal footage, demonstrations and performance from some of the worlds best and most physical practitioners.
Disc 2 Contains numerous workshop examples showing ideas and techniques that can be used to encourage students to add physicality to their performance. It also contains examples of student work.
This Butoh composition will be performed in Singapore's Esplanade Theatre on 30th April and 1st May 2014:
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Butoh: Shades of Darkness by
Books in Senior Library
Modern Dance by
Call Number: 792.8
How do dancers make their own music? Which choreographer developed a duet for a dancer and a mechanical digger? Why was The Rite of Spring ballet so influential for modern dance? Modern Dance provides a detailed look at the development of modern dance, from the pioneering work of Martha Graham to computer animated dance and virtual dancers of today. The book looks at how the choreography and improvisation differ from other styles of dance, and explores the part played by costumes and make-up. There is also information on how to become a modern dancer.
Theatre Games by
Call Number: 792.028
The games described in this invaluable handbook are all designed to enable anyone involved in acting to develop their technique without inhibition or artificiality. As a professional actor, director and drama teacher, Clive Barker has developed his "theatre games" system over the years and proved its effectiveness for teaches, students and actors alike.
To the Actor by
Call Number: 792
How does an actor learn to: * Call up emotion? * Develop a character? * Strengthen awareness? These are essential techniques for every actor, and Michael Chekhov's classic work To the Actor explains, clearly and concisely, how to develop them. Chekhov's simple and practical method - successfully used by professional actors all over the world - trains the actor's imagination and body to fulfil its potential.
Through the Body by
Call Number: 792.028
A step-by-step guide to Physical Theatre in both theory and practice - full of detailed exercises and inspiring ideas. In Through the Body, based on twelve years of teaching physical theatre, Dymphna Callery introduces the reader to the principles behind the work of certain key 20th-century theatre practitioners (Artaud, Grotowski, Meyerhold, Brook and Lecoq, among others) and offers exercises by which their theories can be turned into practice and their principles explored in action.
Challenge for the Actor by
Call Number: 792.08
Theoretically, the actor ought to be more sound in mind and body than other people, since he learns to understand the psychological problems of human beings when putting his own passions, his loves, fears, and rages to work in the service of the characters he plays. He will learn to face himself, to hide nothing from himself -- and to do so takesan insatiable curiosity about the human condition.Uta Hagen, one of the world's most renowned stage actresses, has also taught acting for more than forty years at the HB Studio in New York.