May 20-22, 2011
University of California, Los Angeles

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Opening night performance at REDCAT by Maro Akaji, Katsura Kan
& Kogut (Joan Laage).
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The Symposium

Despite Butoh’s 50-year history, public perceptions and much of the current scholarly work assimilates Butoh to a variety of culturalist tropes and performance stereotypes. Little attention has been paid to the proliferation of Butoh training and performance in Japan since the 1970s and across the world since the 1980s, or to the experimentalism and openness that remain part of the genre’s continuing legacy. Between Experiment, Form and Culturalism: Butoh in History and Contemporary Practice seeks to remedy this gap by bringing together leading Butoh artists and scholars from Japan and North America for a groundbreaking meeting that considers fundamental artistic and historical issues. The three-day symposium will convene an international community from disparate individuals and will commence a dialog between practitioners, critics, scholars, and audiences.

Between Experiment, Form and Culturalism: Butoh in History and Contemporary Practice is partially funded at UCLA by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and the Asia Institute, co-sponsored by the Japanese Arts and Globalizations multi-campus research group (JAG), the Northeast Asia Council (NEAC), the Center for Student Programming and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and is hosted in part by the departments of History and World Arts and Cultures.