Kazuo Ohno, a founder of Japanese modern dance, passed away last week on June 1. You might recognize this image of Ohno during a 1977 performance as the cover of Antony & the Johnsons’ 2009 album The Crying Light. Below is an obituary for Ohno written by Antony which appeared in the London newspaper The Guardian yesterday.
Kazuo Ohno, who has died aged 103, was one of the pioneers of butoh, Japan’s striking contribution to contemporary dance. Butoh, which incorporated elements of existentialism, surrealism, German expressionism, kabuki theatre and eastern spiritual thought, was a reaction in part to the horrors of the second world war.