Ledoh, Salt Farm

Unlike many modern dancers who are also choreographers, Ledoh resists the structure of choreography in his work and the work of his company. Instead he opts to invite the dancers to improvise and explore themes and movements together, alternately leading and following. Ledoh directs and guides the dancers, but ultimately even the performance is not choreographed in the traditional sense.

The success of a Salt Farm butoh performance is also gauged differently than other modern dance performances. One of Ledoh’s fundamental beliefs is that the audience must be physically, mentally and emotionally present, therefore participating fully in the moment. In order for this to occur, the dancers in a butoh performance must also be fully present to draw audience members into the transformative possibilities of the performance. According to Ledoh, “To see a good butoh performance is to be present in the space and be enveloped by it.”