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The Hanging Butoh Falls

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Uploaded on Sep 13, 2008

Actual Japanese television news footage of a fatal accident when Yoshiuki Takada, one of the founding members of the distinguished Sankai Juku troupe, fell to his death during an aerial Butoh dance performance when his rope snapped and he plummeted to the sidewalk from a Seattle life insurance building in 1985. This incident inspired the writing of novelist Alexander Besher's "The Manga Man" (originally entitled "The Hanging Butoh"). In Besher's novel the Butoh entered the portal of an online land of the Dead called the "Z-Zone."

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