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Research and analysis of Hijikata`s butohwork “Story of Smallpox”

  • Organization : Butoh Laboratory, Japan
  • Section : Project for improvements in the creative environment
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Dance


Organizers of this project conduct new and multi-faceted interviews, information-gathering and research on Tatsumi Hijikata’s representative work “A Story of Smallpox” staged in 1972, in order to elucidate its significance as a Butoh work. Using in particular surviving video footage and music, in addition to verifying Hijikata’s philosophy and analyzing the work’s characteristics, the project explores the ideological background and the basis of the work through research in Hijikata’s hometown of Akita, illustrating Hijikata’s mode of physical expression, and the innovative nature of “A Story of Smallpox” in the annals of Butoh history.


Butoh Laboratory, Japan
In cooperation with the Hijikata Tatsumi Archive established at Keio University Art-Center, The Butoh Laboratory, Japan is charged with collecting, preserving and publishing Butoh material related to Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of Butoh. In addition, based on these Butoh materials the organization researches and studies Butoh by Hijikata, engaging in activities designed to widely communicate and share the results. It also strives to popularize Butoh by planning and producing Butoh-related exhibitions, symposiums, workshops and Butoh performances.


Takashi Morishita
Butoh Laboratory, Japan
Elegance-Tamagawa501, 2-25-10,Tamagawa,Setagaya-ku,Tokyo


Keio University Art-Center