By this time, many of you have probably heard the sad news of the passing of legendary butoh artist Ko Murobushi. It is truly a great loss for the entire international dance community. Ko’s sudden death occurred this past weekend in Mexico, where he was in transit following performances in Brazil and en route to a butoh workshop in Germany. Just an example of the truly international career of this Japanese artist.
Japan Society, together with Dance Theater Workshop and the Contemporary Dance Network in Kyoto, has always been proud to have been the first organizations to bring Ko to the U.S. in 2002, under the inaugural US-Japan Choreography Exchange Residency Project. Inspired by this program, Murobushi was drawn to spend more time in New York City, which he was eventually able to do through as a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council. In addition to Japan Society’s presentation and tour of Ko’s company, Ko Murobushi & Edge Co. to NYC and other cities, I also would like to mention LEIMAY’s (CAVE Organization Inc.) deep and longtime relationship with Ko through workshops and formal performances, which has truly enriched the NYC dance scene.
We take this time to mourn the passing of this great artist as well as remember his remarkable legacy that he leaves behind.