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May. 8, 2018
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Ko Murobushi’s anthology “Ko Murobushi Shusei” released (Jan. 23, 2018)
Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Publishers has released Ko Murobushi Shusei, a collection of the writings of the late Ko Murobushi, internationally renowned Butoh dancer, who passed away suddenly of a heart attack in Mexico in June of 2015 at the age of 68. It consists of writings in newspapers, journals and booklets, and notes and diaries kept in the notebooks of Murobushi, a writer as well as a dancer. The collection was compiled by his former manager, Kimiko Watanabe. Murobushi’s large collection of documents, a definitive inventory of his library, and his collection of videos are also being presented as the “Ko Murobushi Archive.”
Ko Murobushi (1947 – 2015)
Choreographer, butoh artist. Apprenticed under Tatsumi Hijikata in 1969. In 1971 he conducted research on the yamabushi (mountain worshipers) of the Three Holy Mountains of Dewa. In 1972 he joined in the founding of the butoh company Dairakudakan and participated in numerous productions while also serving as a producer for the all-women’s butoh company Ariadone no Kai. In 1976 he started his own butoh school Sebi and opened a studio called Hokuryukyo in the mountains of Gotaishi-cho, Fukui Prefecture, where he performed Komuso (mendicant monk) as his company’s maiden show. In 1978 he participated in the production we performed the work Dernier Eden – Porte de L’au-dela, which enjoyed a well-received month-long run that spread the name “BUTOH” on the world scene for the first time. Since then he has been invited to many festivals with highly improvisational solo performances. From 2000 Murobushi began full-fledged performance activities in Japan beginning the work Edge performed at Kagurazaka die pratze. In 2003 he started the unit Ko & Edge Co. with a group of young performers and presented the work Handsome Blue Sky (Bibo no Aozora). In 2005 he was presented the Award of the Performing Arts Critics Association. In 2006 he presented the work quick silver at the Venice Biennale. Murobushi has also taught at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers.
+Ko Murobushi archive (Japanese/English)
+Ko Murobushi interview (November, 2011)