The notion of the Butoh-body: defining paradoxical terms in artistic research

Eleni Kolliopoulou

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In this essay, I will introduce the theoretical background of the Butoh-body notion that informs my research. In doing so, I will offer a brief historical overview of Butoh dance and its contextualization. Also, I will refer to interdisciplinary artistic movements with similar qualities that share the same field of inquiry with Butoh. Finally, I will refer to the three major research iterations that forms the current project and bind them to this conceptual framework.

'Hijikata would often say something is Butoh-teki, Butoh-like. "Look, isn’t he Butoh-teki?" he would say, or looking at a dog, "You see, this dog is Butoh!" He would find the essence of butoh even in non-human creatures including plants,' (Tanaka Min, cited in Cull, 2012: 112; cited in Caldwell, 2017: 4).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalIntersections (Postgraduate Journal - Arts , Humanities , Social Sciences)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - May 2019


  • Butoh, Performance,
  • Basho
  • Life-death
  • Pure experience


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