Japan’s pride, butoh dance, can now be seen in a historical setting in Kyoto at Kyoto Butoh-kan
Kyoto Butoh-kan is the first theater in Japan dedicated solely to butoh, a dance form born in Japan in the late 1950’s. The theater has butoh dance shows twice at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
This theater is run by the same group that runs the world-renowned non-verbal theater play GEAR. They opened a butoh theater in Kyoto in 2016 with the goal of making Kyoto a place where you could see butoh shows easily.
Butoh is an art form Japan should be proud of, and which is very popular overseas, but actually, there are not many places you can see butoh in Japan. At Kyoto, Butoh-kan butoh shows are held three days a week and the theater can only accommodate a maximum of nine people per show. As you can probably guess, the room where the butoh dance takes place is very cozy at nine square meters.
Butoh, an art form that Japan is proud of, is something that you might be a bit reluctant to watch, but those who are interested should definitely come and visit. I’m sure that Kyoto Butoh-kan, which is located in a traditional Japanese kura-storehouse, is going to satisfy those looking for a unique experience you can only have in Kyoto.