Tadashi Kato
  • Fairmont, WV
  • United States
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Tadashi is an interpretive dancer/performance artist who is a native of Japan. He studied Butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance) with Moe Yamamoto, Toru Iwashita, and Kunishi Kamiryo; a Butoh-inspired interpretive dance with Akira Kasai; Japanese sword dance with Kensei Namiki; traditional style swordsmanship with Ken Morita; Ballet at various dance schools including Morgantown Dance Studio, Modern Dance with Bill Evans, Kista Tucker, Don Halquis, Angela Dennis, Kristina Isabella, and Pilobolous Dance Company; Jazz Dance with Liz Rossi; Contact Improvisation with Jordan Fuchs and Contact Improvisation groups in Philladelphia; Break Dance at Harajuku Dance Academy; Central Asian Dance, Persian Dance, and Middle Eastern Dance with Narah Bint Durr; West African Dance with Jonathan Burbank; and Eurythmy (a form of modern dance founded by Rudolf Steiner) with both Akira Kasai and with Jolanda Frischknecht. He was also trained in Mime, Laban Movements Analysis (Bill Evans and Kista Tucker), Bartenieff Fundamental (Bill Evans and Don Halquis), Alexander Technique (Suzanne Oliiver), Qigong, Tai Chi, and various other forms of martial arts. He has integrated the essences of all the movement-arts he has learned and performs originally choreographed interpretive dance repertories in collaboration with artists of various disciplines. Tadashi currently serves as a faculty member at Fairmont State University WV, and also as a faculty member of Morgantown Dance Studio. He is an active member of Columbus Movement Movement (the umbrella organization for professional modern dancers in Columbus OH) and also teaches classes and workshops on Tai Chi and Qigong through various locations in West Virginia, Maryland, and New York. Tadashi also directs the Tadashi project and produces annual dance theater at M.T.Pockets Theatre in Morgantown, WV.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (Ohio University)
M.A., Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology (Tokyo University)
B.A., Aesthetics – Philosophy of Performing Arts (Tokyo University)
dancer, choreographer, scholar

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ESSAY // Psychological Examination of the Presence of Butoh Dancers’ Body

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Psychological Examination of the Presence of Butoh Dancers’ Body

Tadashi Kato, Ph.D., Fairmont State University



My first encounter with Butoh was Kunishi Kamiryo’s performance in Tokyo in Spring 1984.  I was a college freshman and was recommended to see his performance from a fellow student in Akira Kasai’s Eurythmy class.  At that time, I did not know anything about…


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