Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2009
After being whipped by a posse of supple boys in his last piece, Symphony M, butoh master Akaji Maro this time surrounds himself with nine babes for G. Will Go. The author of some of butoh’s finest moments since founding his Dairakudakan (“Great Camel Battleship”) company 37 years ago, Maro here takes up the complicated relationship between spiritual mediums (in Japan, often female) and God. But in this case, God seems to have skipped out on his clairvoyants before returning and, befogged, requires their assistance to remember who he is.
G. will Go
Butoh performane by Akaji Maro and his Dairakudakan company. Until Oct 18, various times, ¥4,500 (adv)/¥5,000 (door). Theater Tram, Sangenjaya. Tel: 03-5432-1515.