or bu·toh

[ boo-toh ]
/ ˈbu toʊ /


a contemporary expressionist dance form that originated in postwar Japan, first called Ankoku Butoh, or Dance of Utter Darkness.

Origin of buto

First recorded in 1955–60; Japanese, literally “dance,” from (ankoku) butō “dance (of darkness)”
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