BOKU means “I” in Japanese. It also means “one who serves others.” This June at The Southern Theater, Minneapolis-based artist Gadu DouShin will explore identity and ego through his long-practiced performance art form of Butoh. Set in soundscape by collaborating composer Michael Flora, this show is a movement mediation on “I”-dentity as an egoless uncarved human.
The music of BOKU focuses on an interplay of sounds derived from both acoustic sources and pure computer synthesis. Composition is realized through a combination of algorithmic processes, improvisation, and heavy-handed editing. The result is a work that can exhibit stark juxtapositions, as well as more seamless interweaving of acoustic and synthesized sources.
Butoh is a contemporary Japanese performance art form that began in late 1950s. Originating as an anti-establishment, anti-traditional dance theater, Butoh explores the relationship between our mind and body, and it questions our society’s perceptions of the body and the ideas of "beauty." Though it is considered an underground art form, Butoh is practiced all over world.