Sankai Juku

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(Studio of the Mountain and Sea)

Japanese butoh company, founded by Ushio Amagatsu in 1975. It began as a series of workshops and gave its first full-scale performance in 1978 with Kinkan Shonen or The Kumquat Seed. Though its productions bear some hallmarks of classic butoh (near-naked bodies daubed with white rice flour, slow movements which evoke extreme spiritual and physical states), it is less confrontational than original butoh works and more focused on the creation of spectacular imagery. State-of-the-art lighting and stage machinery combine to create zen-like stage pictures, such as a constant trickle of sand from ceiling to floor that marks the stream of time passing, while jazz or rock music accompanies the often risk-taking stunts of the five male dancers. Its productions include Unetsu (The Egg Stands out of Curiosity) (1987), Hibki (1998), and Toki (2007). It is nominally based in Japan but tours internationally.

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Subjects: Dance.

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