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Tatsumi Hijikata

Active Dates

1960s – 1980s

Tatsumi Hijikata (土方 巽 Hijikata Tatsumi, March 9, 1928 - January 21, 1986) was a Japanese choreographer, and the founder of a genre of dance performance art called Butoh. By the late 1960s, he had begun to develop this dance form, which is highly choreographed with stylized gestures drawn from his childhood memories of his northern Japan home. It is this style which is most often associated with Butoh by Westerners.


  • Tokyo, Japan

Relationship to other butoh artists