(b Yokosuka City, 31 Dec. 1949)
Japanese dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied classical and modern dance before going on to work with pupils of the butoh master Hijikata. In 1972 he formed the seminal butoh collective Daira Kakudakan and in 1975 formed his own company Sankai Juku, through which he evolved a more surreal, theatrical form of butoh. His many works include Unetsu (The Egg Stands Out of Curiosity) (1987), Hibki (1998), and Toki (2007). Between 1989 and 1990 he was also artistic director of Spiral Hall, Tokyo, where he created several works including Apocalypse (1989) in collaboration with Takashi Kako and Ismael Ivo. He has also directed operas, including The Three Sisters (mus. Peter Eötvös, 1998).
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