To expose to the west the rarely seen butoh art form while spreading awareness of the many themes (including the taboo) that are often swept under the rug. These subjects range from environmental and humanitarian issues to deeply ingrained psychological afflictions.

What is butoh?

Butoh is a Japanese dance form that began as a reaction to a post-World War II-stricken Japan. Underground Japan desired a new dance form mirroring the times and a dance they could claim as their own. What spawned about was a rebellious form of movement which widens the sphere of what could be considered dance. The key motivator of the movement is one’s own darkness (shadows, hangups, Jungian repressions), so inherently, the dance transcends mere entertainment value and establishes itself as a dance for the psyche itself.

Despite how novel butoh appears, the art form can show itself deriving heavy influences from both Japanese Noh theater and German expressionist dance.

Tatsumi Hijikata, co-founder
Tatsumi Hijikata
Kazuo Ohno, founder
Kazuo Ohno

The founders Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata have both passed on, but the spirit of butoh remains and continues to reach the intrigue of curious souls that identify the universal nature of the dance. shadowbody is one such entity that will keep the flame of butoh lit. Along with expressing individual shadows, my butoh is an expression of shadows far-extending my own body, for it includes themes such as the shadows of environmental and humanitarian exploitation and negligence.