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Butoh
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Both a refraction of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a protest against Western values, butoh is a form of Japanese dance theater that emerged in the aftermath of World War II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the growth of this provocative art form from its midcentury founding under a sign of darkness to its assimilation in the twenty-first century as a poignant performance medium with philosophical and political implications. Employing intellectual and aesthetic perspectives to reveal the origins, major figures, and international development of the dance, Fraleigh documents the range and variety of butoh artists around the world with first-hand knowledge of butoh performances from 1973 to 2008.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part One: Alchemy and Morphology
  2. pp. 9-10
  1. Chapter 1. Butoh Alchemy
  2. pp. 11-36
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  1. Chapter 2. The Morphology of Butoh
  2. pp. 37-62
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  1. Chapter 3. Is Butoh a Philosophy?
  2. pp. 63-78
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  1. Part Two: Alchemists: Essays and Poetry on Transformation
  2. pp. 79-80
  1. 1. One Thousand Days of Sunshine and Peace
  2. pp. 81-90
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  1. 2. Whole World Friend
  2. pp. 91-101
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  1. 3. History Lessons
  2. pp. 102-111
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  1. 4. Crocodile Time
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. 5. Goya La Quinto del Sordo
  2. pp. 116-122
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  1. 6. The Sounding Bell
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. 7. Ancient Dance and Headless
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. 8. Salt
  2. pp. 135-138
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  1. 9. Da Vinci
  2. pp. 139-148
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  1. 10. The Cosmos in Every Corner
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. 11. Risky Plastic
  2. pp. 155-160
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  1. 12. Fine Bone China
  2. pp. 161-166
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  1. 13. Moving MA
  2. pp. 167-171
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  1. 14. Weak with Spirit
  2. pp. 172-182
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  1. 15. Waking Woman
  2. pp. 183-186
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  1. 16. Torn
  2. pp. 187-190
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  1. 17. Butoh Ritual Mexicano
  2. pp. 191-195
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  1. 18. Mourning the Earth
  2. pp. 196-200
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  1. 19. Quick Silver
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. 20. Daemon of the Riverbank
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. Part Three: Ursprung Unfinished
  2. pp. 211-212
  1. 21. Ursprung
  2. pp. 213-217
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  1. 22. Kuu (Emptiness)
  2. pp. 218-226
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  1. Biographies of Dancers
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-246
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-264
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