Programs and Tours
Helmut Stern Auditorium
In conjunction with the University Musical Society's (UMS) presentation of Sankai Juku (October 23rd & 24th), UMS, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art present this Butoh film event.
Dance of Darkness [Edin Velez, 57 min., 1989] This documentary explores Butoh, a dance movement developed in the 1960s by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. Characterized by its radical and often shocking visual displays of raw bodily movements and sexual depictions, Butoh is at the same time, an art form that is still deeply connected to traditional Japanese culture. Sacrifice (Gisei) [Donald Richie and Tatsumi Hijikata, 15 min., 1959] Shot in 8mm with no dialogue, this short is a collaboration between Donald Richie (the foremost authority on Japanese film) and Tatsumi Hijikata (the co-founder of Butoh). The film illustrates a shocking display of society's attack on an individual. Note: This film contains subject matter that is inappropriate for those under 18.