Hide Your Fires: Butoh Lady Macbeth

dance & physical theatre · ren gyo soh · Ages 16+ · Japan

one person show
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Review by anonymous

June 23, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Watching Yokko unravel and unhinge as Lady Macbeth was the best. I was so impressed with the pacing of this show. The elongated moments of slow, accentuated by quick scenes of mania. The use of Yokko’s body to create shapes and space. There were times where she looked inhuman. (Which was perfect because Lady M was becoming a monster.) Also the SEEMLESS integration of the Butoh performance and culture.

What I didn't like

This type of theater is not for everybody…. or, at least, not everyone feels this type of theater is accessible for them. I was sitting next to a woman who kept sighing, I imagine, because she did not understand what was happening. Or why there were so many moments of silence, stillness, or repetitive movements. I didn’t feel the story of this play needed more clarifying, but that is a common challenge physical theater faces.

My overall impression

Yokko’s expert control of her body kept me captivated the entire time. Paired with Shakespeare’s words and the well-timed sound design, the performance will be burned in my mind for ages.

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