Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tatsumi Hijikata: Natsu No Arashi

Tatsumi Hijikata: Natsu No Arashi (aka Summer Storm, 1973, Director / Editor: Arai Misao) at UbuWeb Film & Video. "...A Summer Storm by Hijikata Tatsumi primarily consists of the legendary Japanese dancer Hijikata Tatsumi's legendary performance shot in Kyoto in 1973, and is a tribute to this extraordinary talent. Now, thirty years later, it is still funny, sad, and infinitely gripping. Hijikata was the pioneer of the reputed Butoh dance. Butoh, performed in slow, unique movements by dancers, with their bodies painted white and bent-forward, is an antithesis of the traditional Western dance. As the only remaining footage in color of his performance, the film shows Hijikata as an eternal punker, rebel, and sufferer."


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