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Dance Experience - Eikoh Hosoe


HOSOE, Eikoh. 
Dance Experience. 
A grey cardboard slipcase printed with black titles containing 2 glossy stapled illustrated brochures (240 x 250 mm) and colophon printed on yellow paper. Japanese and English text. Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa, 2012. 

The first reprint of Eikoh Hosoe's 1960 publication Association of Dance Experience, featuring the work of Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of the butoh style of dance performance. The reprint is published together with a facsimile of The Dance Experience 2 (1961), which serves as an important document of Hijikata’s creative expression. The butoh form is known for its “distressing” nature, and is characterised by playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, and extreme or absurd environments. 

Hosoe was one of the first photographers to document the new art of butoh, which made its first appearance in 1959 in a piece performed by founders Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, based on a play by Yukio Mishima. Both volumes feature numerous photographs of Hijikata, Ohno as well as Mishima. The photographs explore the limits of bodily expression. In addition to the photographs, the two booklets contain texts by writers such as Yukio Mishima and Tatsuhiko Shibusawa in Japanese, as well as contemporary adverts.


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