Butoh is always intense. It is the dance of darkness after all. But in the work of the second-generation Butoh company, Sankai Juku, there is a peaceful element, more otherworldly than visceral. Even their name, which means "studio by the mountain and the sea," implies serenity and calm. Their wor
A flagrant marijuana smoker and bridegroom to 27 women in one day, the gloriously rebellious African musician Fela Kuti led a life as tumultuous as the history of his native Nigeria. Jailed several times, Kuti became a voice of dissent against the successive military dictatorships that ruled the land
Not long before Teiji Furuhashi succumbed to AIDS, his video "Lovers" was selected by New York's MoMA for an exhibit that included works by the famed Gary Hill and Bill Viola. This artistic feat, while impressive, would hardly be earth-shattering -- if it wasn't for the fact that "Lovers" was Teiji's
In the new wave of Japanese contemporary music, Akira Nishimura is the front-runner for the "heterophonic concept." Using droning melodic variations, Nishimura creates a spacious kind of zen spikiness that can either calm the soul or mystify the mind.
Nishimura exhibits a particular concern with t