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Ankoku Buto: The Premodern and Postmodern Influences on the Dance of Utter Darkness (Cornell University East Asia Papers, No. 49) Paperback – November 1, 1989
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Because the [anti]discourse of Butoh completely ignores any necessity for "training" or binary of inclusion/exclusion, Klein's non-participation in the dance does not preclude her from writing about it, and fully acknowledges the contradictory nature on writing a work about something that cannot and should not be written about. Her handling on the subject shows that she is attempting to maintain a sense of integrity in a dance that is already on the brink of being subsumed by the politics of The Spectacle in the realm of the Western Arts.
I was hoping this book would trigger my inspiration in how to articulate and explain this inexpressible art form
In a way which others can at least catch a glimpse of the transiency and beauty of Butoh.
I was left disappointed because it became quite clear that words directly correlate with ones experience. Just as the great Zen Masters can write in a way that captures their clear mind. If someone only writes analytically from the point of view of an observer- than it's clear it's purely information and cannot touch the true heart of Butoh. That being said, this little book is, in a way, an homage to butoh and any/ all fingers pointing to this indefinable artform deserves a 'gassho'