Japan's Nō Performing Art Meets France's Butoh Dance in Paris (News)


Paris, Feb. 26 (Jiji Press)—A new form of performance combining the Japanese traditional performing art of nō and France's butoh avant-garde dance will be shown soon in Paris.

In the performance, to be staged April 28, French dancer Francoise Jasmin will dance butoh while Kawara Kiyoshi, a nō performer of Kanazawa in the central Japan prefecture of Ishikawa, will play nō music, singing and playing the hand drum.

Kawara, who is trying to promote nō in France, plans with colleagues to take the combined art form to the Avignon Festival, one of the world's most prestigious performing art events, in July.

Jasmin said she hopes the performance will shed light on what is shared invisibly between nō and butoh, music and dance, and men and women.

Butoh developed from the Japanese avant-garde dance form of ankoku butō, which means dance of darkness. It was brought to France in the 1960s and has evolved independently in the country.

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