The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, edited by Bruce Baird and Rosemary Candelario, 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. Featuring an Introduction by the editors and 56 chapters by 53 authors from 14 countries, the interdisciplinarity evident in the volume reflects the depth and the breadth of butoh. The editors bring specially commissioned essays by leading scholars and dancers together with translations of important early texts.