Min Tanaka is not a Butoh dancer. We humbly request his profession be described as dancer, with respect to his reverence for all dance which has existed from the emergence of humankind to present time. Madada Inc.
In Tanaka’s extensive carrier which began in 1966, he presented a number of performances titled as Butoh dance mainly between the 1980’s and 1990’s, paying respect to Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of Ankoku Butoh, the Dance of Darkness. However, Tanaka has no interest whatsoever in the Butoh which rapidly developed, permeated, and became a mere genre of dance both in Japan and abroad after Hijikata’s death. Regrettably, Tanaka has been mistakenly described as Butoh dancer to date, despite his continuous claim that he is not. In addition, there are cases in recent years that the word Butoh and Buyo, another Japanese word used as a translation of the English word dance, are mixed up ignoring their historic context. We consider Buyo as a general term to indicate dace, not a name of certain category of dance.
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2020年3月14日「ミュージックボックス ビレッジ『エアリフト』」（アメリカ ルイジアナ州 ニューオリンズ）でミュージシャンのQUINTRONと公演をします。（英語表示のみ、詳細は以下へ）是非この特別な場所でいらしてください！ Madada Inc.
[UPDATE] It is with regret that the part of this event with Min Tanaka’s performance has been canceled, due to the coronavirus situation.
Min Tanaka (dancer)
After trained in classical ballet and modern dance, he began his solo activities in 1974 developing ‘hyper-dance,’ a new style of physical expression, which has led him to his internationally debuted at the Louvre Museum in 1978. His performance—extremely gentle and infinitesimal movement to withdraw the potentiality of a body— impacted on the art world, far beyond the dance scene as a brad-new artistic expression. In 1985, he moved to a village in the mountainside where he still resides, in search for deeper physicality in his daily life based on farming. Since his first appearance in a film Twilight Samurai (Shochiku) in 2002, he has also actively performed in numerous films including Rurouni Kenshin (Warner Bros.) and a Netflix film The Outsider.