Dancing Hamlet in a world of frogs:1 butoh and the actor’s inner landscape

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Butoh has joined the myriad alternative forms employed by Western theatre makers who seek out intercultural dialogue in their quest for theatrical ‘truth’, in the resonantly human sense. This article investigates one such intercultural collision in Greg Hicks, a classically trained actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 30 years, who uses butoh techniques for developing the interior world of his characters. Hicks’ working methods are explored through the filter of the author’s own experiences in butoh, and compared to methods and aims of working with imagery in Michael Chekhov technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-388
Number of pages14
JournalTheatre, Dance and Performance Training
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Greg Hicks
  • Hijikata Tatsumi
  • actor training
  • butoh
  • imagery


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