would like to make the dead gestures inside my body die one more time and
make themselves dead again. I would like to have a person who has already
dead die over and over inside my body. I may not know death, but it knows
-Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of butoh
in Japan, as a latent response to post-war anxiety and reconstruction during
the late 1950's.Its essence lies in the spiritual connection between body
and mind, conscious and unconscious, human and nature. Butoh's
aesthetic evokes a primal/mythological presence - conjuring a bridge between
ancient times and the yet unwritten future. Since its creation, the 'Dance
of Darkness,' has spread all over the world, 'like a virus'*, manifesting
myriad intercultural mutations. Corpus Delicti
appropriates the aesthetic of butoh and canibalizes its philosophy
digesting it through the multicultural body of Los Angeles.
*words of Akaji Maro,
founder/director of Dai-rakuda-kan.