Butoh pioneer Kazuo Ohno dies, aged 103

The great Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno has died at the age of 103, it has been announced on his official website.

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Born in Hokkaido, after the war Ohno became one of the pioneers of Butoh alongside Tatsumi Hijikata. Continuing to dance well into his nineties, Ohno was based in Yokohama for much of his career, where he established a still-active studio. He was awarded the Michelagelo Antonioni Award for the Arts in 1999 and, aside from his immense contribution to Japanese dance, he was also that rare thing, a Japanese Baptist.

His son, Yoshito, is also an important Butohka who frequently performed with his father as well as Hijikata, most famously in Forbidden Colours, which is regarded as the dance that launched the Butoh movement.

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