MINAKO AND BUTOH

Minako Seki, butoh dancer

Berlin 2009

Melissa Sam describes a butoh performance ‘Ikuyo Kuroda: Dance Past the Limit’
and she found the perfect words for my experience with watching Minako Seki dancing.

‘Over the course of 30 minutes her face and body described pain, ecstasy, uncertainty, struggle, glee, mania.
She played both puppet-master and puppet, a duality of control that I had never before seen localized in one person.
In her movement was the grace of ballet and the puzzle of butoh, but there were a dozen other ingredients
that I couldn’t identify, that might only have existed in that dance at that moment.
The dance and music created a mammoth construct, a world of expression far larger than the room in which we sat. ‘

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Interview with me on Butoh Dance in REDEFINE MAG