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.
Hisoku / Entry costs 3800JPY. Student rate 3000JPY w/id. No infants, please.
Hisoku is a dance by Tenko Ima, a butoh artist, and choreographer, held every Thursday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The dance by Tenko Ima, accompanied by shamisen, a three-stringed instrument, invites you to the world of unknown. One performance takes 45-minutes.
Underworld Flower / Entry costs 3800JPY. Student rate 3000JPY w/id. No infants, please.
This show is by the solo-dancer and choreographer Masami Yurabe, and it’s held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This performance is choreographed by Masami Yurabe and performed by him and Miwako Inagaki. One performance takes 50-minutes.
Antigraviton, Lovely Face / Entry costs 3800JPY. Student rate 3000JPY w/id. No infants, please.
This performance is by Fukurozaka Yasuo and it’s held on Saturdays at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The dance, in which Yasuo uses a mask he has made himself, leaves a powerful impression on the viewer. One performance takes 45-minutes.
The performances take place in a Japanese warehouse known as dozo, which having survived through the great fire of Kyoto, is now renovated as the theater of Kyoto Butoh-kan. Inside the room where the performance takes place is only nine square meters. At night the path to the dozo is illuminated, and the mood is other-worldly; magical.