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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

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Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan


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Dancing Into Darkness is Sondra Horton Fraleigh's chronological diary of her deepening understanding of and appreciation for this art form, as she moves from a position of aesthetic response as an audience member to that of assimilation as a student. As a student of Zen and butoh, Fraleigh witnesses her own artistic and personal transformation through essays, poems, interviews, and reflections spanning twelve years of study, much of it in Japan. Numerous performance photographs and original calligraphy by Fraleigh's Zen teacher Shodo Akane illuminate her words.

The pieces of Dancing Into Darkness cross boundaries, just as butoh anticipates a growing global amalgamation. "Butoh is not an aesthetic movement grafted onto Western dance, " Fraleigh concludes, "and Western dance may be more Eastern than we have been able to see. "

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“Should inspire anyone interested in the active feminine voice...It has a niche beyond the dancer-reader, to those drawn to Japan, to cultural anthropology, and to cross-culturalism.”

—Janice LaPointe-Crump,Texas Woman's University

“Through examining the ‘other,’ one learns about one’s own culture, values, and aesthetics. . . Sondra’s book allows us to do this, because of her subject, remarkable insights, and captivating writing style.”

—Joan Laage, Artistic Director of Dappin' Butoh

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Fraleigh, Sondra Horton
University of Pittsburgh Press
Dance - Modern
Dance - Classical & Ballet
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Arts and Entertainment » Dance » Ballet » General
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Arts and Entertainment » Dance » World and Ethnic
History and Social Science » World History » General
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science
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