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(Video) Getty Kicks Off Arts Festival With Butoh Dance

Hirokazu Kosaka performed his "Kalpa" dance installation at the Getty Center Friday night to kick off the museum's involvement in the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, a celebration of Southern California art.

The performance began without notice at the arrival plaza of the Friday night.

Barefoot and dressed in white, Oguri slowly wandered the grounds unbeknownst to many who were more than a few feet away. Performing a series of interpretive dance movements, he walked, rolled and tumbled through the crowd. Soon after, Oguri joined three other Butoh dance performers near a large stone wall. Butoh is a Japanese form of expression that can take the form of dance.

Created and directed by Hirokazu Kosaka, the installation d called "Kalpa" and it kicked off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival.

At the top of the stairs, in front of the museum entrance, 400 multi-colored spools of yarn stood fixed in an upright grid pattern on a structure designed by architect Michael Rotondi.

The four dancers ever so slowly made their way up the stairs and proceeded to gather the strands of yarn in their mouths. Descending the stairs, the group drew the yarn from its spools, creating a colorful display in its wake.

Correction: In a previous version of this article, Hirokazu Kosaka was incorrectly identified as the main Butoh dancer.

Jared Morgan January 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Correction: In a previous version of this article, Hirokazu Kosaka was incorrectly identified as the main Butoh dancer.

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