Kazuo Ohno passed away today. He was 103. With Hijikata Tatsumi, he founded Butoh. He was one of the most beautiful dancers.
You can read a bit more about him here and here.
I’ve organized some videos of him performing, below.
Here’s something older, a trailer for a film featuring Ohno and others:
Ohno never stopped dancing. He performed in a wheelchair in the 1990s, and the following videos see him dancing with Virginie Marchand on his 99th birthday:
And this last one is my favorite, but you’ll have to click through for it.
May he rest in peace.
A. D. Jameson is the author of five books, most recently I FIND YOUR LACK OF FAITH DISTURBING: STAR WARS AND THE TRIUMPH OF GEEK CULTURE and CINEMAPS: AN ATLAS OF 35 GREAT MOVIES (with artist Andrew DeGraff). Last May, he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at UIC.