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Portrait of Ono Yoshito

Written by Inuhiko Yomota; Translated by John K. Gillespie
Photographs: Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, Masahisa Fukase, William Klein, Tim Walker, Dominic Nahr, Zheng Yuanbo and Sun Zhicheng
Print: Tadanori Yokoo

Edited by NPO Dance Archive Network
Publised by Canta Co.Ltd, 2017
210 pages/ Bilingual edition: Japanese & English
Size: 19 × 25.7 cm
Price: 3,240 yen
ISBN: 978-4-902098-06-8

“My writing here, then, is a portrait of this buto dancer, who through his career has become a historical presence and continues to change and to appear on stage still today, in the 2010s.” (From the prologue)

This book reveals the whole history of Yoshito Ohno as a butoh dancer by Inuhiko Yomota’s text with many precious photographs. The story covers from the butoh’s first performance “Forbidden Colours” in 1959 and the following period of experimentation with Tatsumi Hijikata & his father Kazuo, his retreat from stage and comeback, document on his Chinese tour in 2016 with which the author Yomota accompanied, to his masterpiece “Flower and Bird” which was premiered in Yokohama, Japan in 2013 and performed also in Italy, Brazil, Poland and China.

<The Contents>
Prologue/ Up to “Forbidden Colors”/ Alter Ego and Lost Language/ Resurrection/ Beijing and Tianjin/ “Flower and Bird”/ Personal Notes

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Photo:Tim Walker
 

Photo:William Klein
 

Photo:Masahisa Fukase
 

Photo:Eikoh Hosoe
 

Photo:Dominic Nahr
 

China tour. Photo: Zheng Yuanbo, Sun Zhicheng
 

Photo:Daido Moriyama
 

(In order of the appearing pages)