'Evocation' by Yumi Umiumare
Butoh artist Yumi Umiumare responds to the photographs of Eikoh Hosoe in a special performance. Butoh, which is the subject of Hosoe’s work, is a dance movement that began in Japan in the late 1950s and 60s as a revolt against Western and Japanese traditional dance. Melding dance and theatre, butoh typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo subjects, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience.
Umiumare is the only Japanese butoh dancer in Australia and is the creator of original butoh cabaret works. Originally a member of the seminal butoh company DaiRakudakan in Tokyo, she came to Australia to perform at the Melbourne International Festival in 1991.
Image: Yumi Umiumare. Photo: Eelin Cheah