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The Heretic Body

On http://www.casadeilibri.com I saw a very interesting book, “Il corpo eretico” (The heretic body) about a japanese performer/dancer that I didn’t know: Tatsumi Hijikata.
He reached Tokyo from the countryside and he found a city that tries to revive after the WWII; in this path he developed a type of dance named 暗黒舞踏 (Ankoku Butou – The dance of the darkness) explained with word like taboo, nostalgic, awful, grotesque, full of absurd environments and often performed in full-white body makeup. Hijikata became a sort of heretic who had a project about “body insurrection” and a point of reference for japanese intellectuals and artists of that time.

On the italian site www.casadeilibri.com I saw a very interesting book, “Il corpo eretico” (The heretic body) about a legendary japanese performer/dancer : Tatsumi Hijikata.
He reached Tokyo from the countryside and he found a city that tries to revive after the WWII; in this path he developed a type of dance named 暗黒舞踏 (Ankoku Butou – The dance of the darkness) explained with word like taboo, nostalgic, awful, grotesque, full of absurd environments, performed in full-white body makeup. Hijikata became a sort of heretic who had a project about “body insurrection” and a point of reference for japanese intellectuals and artists of that time.

poster Hijikata

Photo by Hiroshi Yamazaki, Design by Ikko Tanaka(C)1998
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July 22, 2009 - Posted by | Japan | , , , , , , ,

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