Kazuo Ohno


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(b Hakodate, Hokkaido, 27 Oct. 1906; d 1 June 2010)

Japanese dancer and choreographer. He taught physical education but during the 1930s began to study dance, working with Mary Wigman's Neue Tanz and in 1949 performing his first solo recital. In the 1960s he developed the style of butoh working in collaboration with the dancer Tatsumi Hijikata (1926–86). Many of Ohno's early creations were interpretations of Western literary texts although his most famous work, created in 1977, at the age of 71, was Admiring La Argentina, in which he transformed himself into the legendary Spanish dancer. During his long career he remained one of butoh's leading exponents. Other works included My Mother (1981), Water Lilies (1987), and The Wolf (1994). He founded his own school in 1977 and published his autobiography in Japan in 1990.

http://www.kazuoohnodancestudio.com Website for Kazuo Ohno's school

Subjects: Dance.

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