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Butoh - Schritte zwischen Himmel und Erde

Butoh is dance theatre. Light and darkness, joy and pain, death and life – Butoh combines all these contrasts and celebrates the transformation from one state to another.

The film explores the origin’s and fascination of this dance. We encounter dancers in Germany and Japan to find out why do they dance Butoh, what passion they follow and what has Butoh meant for their lives.

Beside all those personal and individual questions, the film will try to present and introduce an art form that is dance, theatre and a way of life, all at the same time.

In addition to countless anecdotes, the film transports Butoh’s fascinating cultural historical story.

Basic information

Genre: Sonstiges, Dokumentation

Production year: 2013
Running Time: 43:42 min.

Original language: Deutsch , Englisch , Japanisch


Director: Elisabeth Hamberger
Cinematography: Tobias Jall, Yunus Roy Imer
Film Music: Milan Loewy, Marcel Walter
Sounddesign: Marc Fragstein
Sound: Urs Krüger, Oscar Stiebitz
Editing: Anne Goldenbaum
Executive Producer: Heiko Schulze
Coproduction: SWR
Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Narrator/Voice Actor: Barbara Stoll, Dirk Herold


Tadashi Endo


Stuttgart Filmschau Baden-Württemberg 2013

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien