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Sunday, October 27 Film and Lecture

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New York Butoh Institute

in association with

Theater for the New City

Crystal Field, Executive Director

present

NEW YORK BUTOH INSTITUTE FESTIVAL 19

in celebration of Butoh’s 60th anniversary

Tatsumi Hijikata’s original costume of Revolt of the Body (1968). Photo Matthew Placek.

Tatsumi Hijikata’s original costume of Revolt of the Body (1968). Photo Matthew Placek.

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3pm to 5pm

Lecture and short film

at

Theater for the New City (Johnsons)

155 1st Avenue

NY NY 10003

(between 9th and 10th Street)

FREE ADMISSION

PROGRAM:

SHORT FILM OF TATSUMI HIJIKATA IN REVOLT OF THE BODY

INTRODUCTION BY VANGELINE

LECTURE BY TODD THOMAS

PHOTO OPP FOR AUDIENCES

In 1968 came a turning point in Butoh’s history with a dance solo called Tatsumi Hijikata and The Japanese - Revolt of the Flesh, performed by the founder of Butoh Tatsumi Hijikata in Tokyo. For the legendary performance, Tatsumi Hijikata wore a spectacular red costume, which was presumably made by hand by his wife, Akiko Motofuji. The long, ruffled costume was inspired by flamenco dance. Since 1968, it has captured the imagination of hundreds of Butoh enthusiasts worldwide. Until now, only black and white photographs were available of this magnificent costume.

Tatsumi Hijikata. Photo By Tadao Nakatani. Courtesy Tastumi Hijikata Archives.

Tatsumi Hijikata. Photo By Tadao Nakatani. Courtesy Tastumi Hijikata Archives.

This year, thanks to a Janet Arnold Award of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a loan from the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives, Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute researched how the costume was designed by recreating it. The costume was professionally photographed by Matthew Placeck, and recreated by Todd Thomas.

Sunday, October 27 at 3pm, costume expert Todd Thomas, who recreated the iconic 1968 costume, will give a lecture discussing the recreation process, shedding light on how the original costume was designed and constructed. The costume will be on display on stage during the presentation.

Hijikata’s legendary costume is a totem of sorts; it holds secrets of the avant-garde art form. Much like Butoh itself, it was born at the confluence of East and West. This costume chronicles the evolution of postmodern art in Japan, and as such, deserves to be carefully studied, and thrown into the limelight once again.

Costumes are an essential part of the magic of performances. This costume has become part of the legacy of Butoh and is a historical treasure. As such, Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute gives it its rightful place in history by documenting it for future generations.

We are grateful to The Tatsumi Hijikata Archives, who made a generous loan of this historical costume for the duration of the project. After the Festival, our findings and photographs will be made available through The New York Butoh Institute online archives, as well as the Tatsumi Hijikata’s archives at Keio University in Japan.

This program was made possible by a 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives.

This program was made possible by a 2019 Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries of London and the Tatsumi Hijikata Archives.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Earlier Event: October 26
Saturday, October 26 performance