Dancing Into Darkness

Dancing Into Darkness is Sondra Horton Fraleigh's chronological diary of her deepening understanding of and appreciation for this art form, as she moves from a position of aesthetic response as an audience member to that of assimilation as ...

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Author: Sondra Horton Fraleigh

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822990628

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Dancing Into Darkness is Sondra Horton Fraleigh's chronological diary of her deepening understanding of and appreciation for this art form, as she moves from a position of aesthetic response as an audience member to that of assimilation as a student. As a student of Zen and butoh, Fraleigh witnesses her own artistic and personal transformation through essays, poems, interviews, and reflections spanning twelve years of study, much of it in Japan. Numerous performance photographs and original calligraphy by Fraleigh's Zen teacher Shodo Akane illuminate her words. The pieces of Dancing Into Darkness cross boundaries, just as butoh anticipates a growing global amalgamation. "Butoh is not an aesthetic movement grafted onto Western dance, " Fraleigh concludes, "and Western dance may be more Eastern than we have been able to see. "

Butoh

Both a refraction of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a protest against Western values, butoh is a form of Japanese dance theater that emerged in the aftermath of World War II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the growth of this ...

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Author: Sondra Fraleigh

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252090134

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Both a refraction of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a protest against Western values, butoh is a form of Japanese dance theater that emerged in the aftermath of World War II. Sondra Fraleigh chronicles the growth of this provocative art form from its mid-century founding under a sign of darkness to its assimilation in the twenty-first century as a poignant performance medium with philosophical and political implications. Through highly descriptive, thoughtful, and emotional prose, Fraleigh traces the transformative alchemy of this metaphoric dance form by studying the international movement inspired by its aesthetic mixtures. While butoh has retained a special identity related to its Japanese background, it also has blossomed into a borderless art with a tolerant and inclusive morphology gaining prominence in a borderless century. Employing intellectual and aesthetic perspectives to reveal the origins, major figures, and international development of the dance, Fraleigh documents the range and variety of butoh artists around the world with first-hand knowledge of butoh performances from 1973 to 2008. Her definitions of butoh's morphology, alchemy, and philosophy set a theoretical framework for poetic and engaging articulations of twenty butoh performances in Japan, Europe, India, and the West. With a blend of scholarly research and direct experience, she also signifies the unfinished nature of butoh and emphasizes its capacity to effect spiritual transformation and bridge cultural differences.

The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance

8 Shakina Nayfack, “The Political Economy of Magic,” in Butoh Ritual Mexicano/Alchemy is Dancing (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010), 65–75. 9 Sondra Horton Fraleigh, Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (Pittsburgh ...

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Author: Bruce Baird

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315536118

Category: Drama

Page: 558

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The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance provides a comprehensive introduction to and analysis of the global art form butoh. Originating in Japan in the 1960s, butoh was a major innovation in twentieth century dance and performance, and it continues to shape-shift around the world. Taking inspiration from the Japanese avant-garde, Surrealism, Happenings, and authors such as Genet and Artaud, its influence can be seen throughout contemporary performing arts, music, and visual art practices. This Companion places the form in historical context, documents its development in Japan and its spread around the world, and brings together the theory and the practice of this compelling dance. The interdisciplinarity evident in the volume reflects the depth and the breadth of butoh, and the editors bring specially commissioned essays by leading scholars and dancers together with translations of important early texts.

Dance Somatics and Spiritualities

The other stream related to religion, and to dance and Somatics, that has been important to me is Buddhism. My book Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (1999) looks at butoh through the lens of Buddhism.

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Author: Amanda Williamson

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783201785

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 526

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Presenting a rich mosaic of embodied contemporary narratives in spirituality and movement studies, this book explicitly studies the relationship between spirituality and the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education. It is the first scholarly text to focus on contemporary spirituality within the domain of dance and somatic movement studies. Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities brings together prominent authors and practitioners in order to elucidate how a wide range of sacred narratives/spiritualities are informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. As well as providing new insights and promoting creative/artistic awareness, this seminal text de-mystifies the spiritual/sacred and brings clarity and academic visibility to this largely uncharted and often misrepresented subject.

Moving Consciously

Beginning in 1985, I became acquainted with butoh, the postmodern dance of Japan, which expanded my understanding of the ... and once more invented myself, now in the guise of the East with Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan ...

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Author: Sondra Fraleigh

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252097492

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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The popularity of yoga and Zen meditation has heightened awareness of somatic practices. Individuals develop the conscious embodiment central to somatics work via movement and dance, or through touch from a skilled teacher or therapist often called a somatic bodyworker. Methods of touch and movement foster generative processes of consciousness in order to create a fluid interconnection between sensation, thought, movement, and expression. In Moving Consciously , Sondra Fraleigh gathers essays that probe ideas surrounding embodied knowledge and the conscious embodiment of movement and dance. Using a variety of perspectives on movement and dance somatics, Fraleigh and other contributors draw on scholarship and personal practice to participate in a multifaceted investigation of a thriving worldwide phenomenon. Their goal: to present the mental and physical health benefits of experiencing one's inner world through sensory awareness and movement integration. A stimulating addition to a burgeoning field, Moving Consciously incorporates concepts from East and West into a timely look at life-changing, intertwined practices that involve dance, movement, performance studies, and education. Contributors: Richard Biehl, Robert Bingham, Hillel Braude, Alison East, Sondra Fraleigh, Kelly Ferris Lester, Karin Rugman, Catherine Schaeffer, Jeanne Schul, and Ruth Way.

The Art Rules

The other stream related to religion, and to dance and Somatics, that has been important to me is Buddhism. My book Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (1999) looks at butoh through the lens of Buddhism.

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Author: Paul Klein

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783204670

Category:

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A well-known advocate and proponent of art in Chicago, Paul Klein is a long-time gallerist whose friendships with artists, dealers, collectors, and curators have afforded him a rare vantage point on the vagaries and victories of the art world. Since closing his gallery in 2004, he has parlayed his insider knowledge into a cottage industry that addresses the imbalance between visual artists’ gifts for creation and their frequent unfamiliarity with managing successful careers. Based on his many years in both the art world as a gallery owner and educator, The Art Rules is a practical, operational guide for visual artists that demystifies the art world and empowers practitioners to find success on their own terms. Filling a major void, The Art Rules gives practitioners the tools they need to realize their potential.

Dancing Identity

For the German expressionist roots of Butoh, see Sondra Fraleigh, Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999), 35–42. 15. The beginning of Niwa travels from the upstage left third of ...

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Author: Sondra Horton Fraleigh

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822963004

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 285

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Combining critical analysis with personal history and poetry, Dancing Identity presents a series of interconnected essays composed over a period of fifteen years. Taken as a whole, these meditative reflections on memory and on the ways we perceive and construct our lives represent Sondra Fraleigh's journey toward self-definition as informed by art, ritual, feminism, phenomenology, poetry, autobiography, and-always-dance. Fraleigh's brilliantly inventive fusions of philosophy and movement clarify often complex philosophical issues and apply them to dance history and aesthetics. She illustrates her discussions with photographs, dance descriptions, and stories from her own past in order to bridge dance with everyday movement. Seeking to recombine the fractured and bifurcated conceptions of the body and of the senses that dominate much Western discourse, she reveals how metaphysical concepts are embodied and presented in dance, both on stage and in therapeutic settings. Examining the role of movement in personal and political experiences, Fraleigh reflects on her major influences, including Moshe Feldenkrais, Kazuo Ohno, and Twyla Tharp. She draws on such varied sources as philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Martin Heidegger, the German expressionist dancer Mary Wigman, Japanese Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata, Hitler, the Bomb, Miss America, Balanchine, and the goddess figure of ancient cultures. Dancing Identity offers new insights into modern life and its reconfigurations in postmodern dance.

Back to the Dance Itself

Butoh is a global phenomenon, but it originates in Japan, which should not be lost or forgotten. ... and by way of my travels in Japan, I have repeatedly sounded out common tones, first through Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan.

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Author: Sondra Fraleigh

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252050787

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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In Back to the Dance Itself, Sondra Fraleigh edits essays that illuminate how scholars apply a range of phenomenologies to explore questions of dance and the world; performing life and language; body and place; and self-knowing in performance. Some authors delve into theoretical perspectives, while others relate personal experiences and reflections that reveal fascinating insights arising from practice. Collectively, authors give particular consideration to the interactive lifeworld of making and doing that motivates performance. Their texts and photographs study body and the environing world through points of convergence, as correlates in elemental and constant interchange modeled vividly in dance. Selected essays on eco-phenomenology and feminism extend this view to the importance of connections with, and caring for, all life. Contributors: Karen Barbour, Christine Bellerose, Robert Bingham, Kara Bond, Hillel Braude, Sondra Fraleigh, Kimerer LaMothe, Joanna McNamara, Vida Midgelow, Ami Shulman, and Amanda Williamson.

Butoh Dance Training

Holborn, M. and Hoffman, E. (1987) Butoh. Dance of the DarkSoul. New York: Aperture. Horton, F. S. (1999) Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. Kamizawa, K. (1990) 20 seiki no buyô.

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Author: Juju Alishina

Publisher: Singing Dragon

ISBN: 9780857012265

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Drawing on avant garde and classical Japanese dance traditions, the Alishina Method offers a systematized approach to Butoh dance training for the first time in its history. With practical instruction and fully illustrated exercises, this book teaches readers: · basic body training and expression exercises · exercises to cultivate Qi (energy) and to aid improvisation · about katas (forms) and how to develop your own · the importance of voice, sound and music in Butoh · to collaborate and be in harmony with others · techniques to manipulate time and space · how to develop the imagination and refine the senses to enrich performance. This authentic approach to Japanese dance will be compelling reading for anyone interested in contemporary dance, performance arts, Japanese culture or personal development techniques.

Asian American Religious Cultures 2 volumes

notions of darkness, but add their own personal and feminist interpretation. Butoh values the human form, reclaims the notion of darkness, and stems from the divine feminine. ... Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan.

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Author: Jonathan H. X. Lee

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598843316

Category: Religion

Page: 1060

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A resource ideal for students as well as general readers, this two-volume encyclopedia examines the diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander spiritual experience. • Covers both common motifs in Asian American religious culture, such as Chinese New Year festivals and mortuary rituals, as well as many newly established faith traditions • Contains entries on rarely addressed topics within Asian American religion, such as Hezhen Shamanism