Tribute to Butoh’s Legend Kazuo Ohno.
Three years ago, on the 1st of June 2010 died Kazuo Ohno, the Japanese Butoh legend. He was a hundred and three years old. Ohno will be remembered as one the founder of this Japanese dance theatre form. After being a soldier and a prisoner during World War II, having lived through the trauma of Hiroshima, Ohno was well known for expressing the horrors of wartime with a powerful and dark touch. He expressed his art embodying flamboyant females creatures, twisting their bodies in an exaggerated and grotesque manner, wearing skewed wigs, and heavy make up. Kazuo Ohno remained active all of his life, with last performances on stage in Japan in 2007.