When Hijikata asked me what I thought of my father’s dance, I answered with certainty that his dance is modaan dansu (modern dance). Hijikata nodded in total agreement with me. Ohno Kazuo’s dance doesn’t have to be butoh. His dance cannot be called Japanese aging beauty or wabi sabi. Ohno Kazuo has to be lively forever. He has to be modaan.
What Hijikata Tatsumi saw in Ohno Kazuo’s body is shigen [natural resource], something he had never seen in any stage art but something he had seen in his own body. Hijikata called what he saw in Ohno Kazuo’s body Ankoku Butoh.