Butoh Dance

by Maria Pia D’Orazi
Butoh (舞踏 Butō) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo.

Designing for Butoh dance shows curated by Maria Pia D’orazi has been an important experience that has brought me in touch with the greatest dancers in the world.
Maria Pia D’Orazi is a journalist with a passion for the Japanese avant-garde. She collaborated with the University of Rome and with the Japan Foundation (in Italy and Japan).
We have worked together for many years in a beautiful mood of mutual esteem.

Soul’s Landscapes

Butoh Dance in Palermo 10th – 17th September 2000

  • September 10th:  Carlotta Ikeda “Waiting”
  • September 12th e 13th: Yumiko Yoshioka “Iki”
  • September 15th: Masaki Iwana “Lowly God”
  • September 16th: Masaki Iwana and Gianni Gebbia “L’unione con le sostanze III” (The union with the substances)



The Japanese dance meets Occident

From September 28 to October 4 1998 took turns on the stage of the Greco Theater in Rome three of the greatest butô dancers of all time:
Monika Kobayashi, Yumiko Yoshioka and Masaki Iwana.
The event was organized by Mariapia D’Orazi and sponsored by the City of Rome, IMAGON and The Japan Foundation.

Poster and Playbill


Theater Program


Dancing On The Border Line.

The first performance in Rome of the company Dairakudakan of Maro Akaji, born in the spirit of Ankoku Butō and at the same time well-wisher of its own original style.
Rome, March 9 and 10 1997 at Teatro Greco.
Organized by the Japanese Institute of Culture (The Japan Foundation).
We designed Playbill, Flyer and Theatre Program

The Heretical Body

Flyers for the Book with DVD telling the story of Tatsumi Hijikata by Maria Pia D’Orazi.