H. PHAU "SHOLIBA"
- Signed on back paper "H. Phau"
- Circa 1984
- Sight: 12 3/4 x 10 inches, Framed: 21 ½ x 17 ½
- Condition: very good, slight yellowing and cracking
The Artist: Although the photograph is signed on verso, the staff at Wall Fiction are not certain we have the correct artist's name. We have found a lot of information about the dance troupe and the performance – see The Story below – but nothing on the artist.
Composition and focus of the image is excellent so we suspect the photographer was a professional or trained photographic artist. The photograph is professionally framed in a 1 inch black wooden frame showing minor wear. If you love photography, this would make a wonderful addition to your collection.
The Story: "Sholiba" is a Japanese Butoh dance performed by the Sankai Juku company around the world including New York and Seattle. This routine was performed in Toronto off the Bell Building in Trinity Square in June, 1984.
A signature motif in Sholiba involves a performer suspended upside down. This feat is performed outside, with the dancers suspended from the front of buildings.
On September 10, 1985, in Seattle, Washington, one of the original members of the troupe, Yoshiyuki Takada, participating in a demonstration, died in a hospital shortly after his supporting rope gave way. The performer fell six stories to his death before hundreds of spectators.
This is not a photograph from the Seattle performance. We believe this photo was of the New York performance.
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Item No. KA201510037