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Min Tanaka

Min Tanaka developed an approach to dance that he called Body Weather.

In 1977, he travelled the length of Japan, dancing every day, from Kyushu to Hokkaido. He improvised naked and usually outdoors, trying to "dance the place" and explore the connection between his body and the earth.

Tanaka founded Body Weather Farm in 1985 in the mountain village of Hakushu (outside Tokyo) to explore the origins of dance through farming life. Dancers who came to live at the cooperative spent their days tending rice, vegetables, and chickens, followed by hours of dance training.


  • Yamanashi-ken, Japan



Relationship to other butoh artists