Antony's Butoh muse
Thu Feb 19 2009
Weird picture, eh? In advance of the Antony and the Johnsons shows at Town Hall tonight and tomorrow, we thought we'd take a minute to explore Kazuo Ohno, the haunting individual depicted on the cover of the transgender crooner's latest disc, The Crying Light. As Antony tells it on his website:
"The Crying Light is dedicated to the great dancer Kazuo Ohno. In performance, I watched him cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative; with every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He's kind of like my art parent."
Strong words, but understandable when you read a little more about Ohno and watch him at work. Now 102 years old, he's considered one of the great innovators of Japanese Butoh dance. Butoh, known as the "dance of darkness," is pretty much impossible to describe—better to view Ohno's eerily riveting movements for yourself:
(An Ohno biographical primer can be found here.)