Aha Moment: Antony Hegarty

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The frontman for Antony and the Johnsons says everything changed for him when he discovered the Japanese butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. Antony Hegarty talks about the "very ghostly and otherworldly" butoh master and explains how this grotesque, yet beautiful art form helped Hegarty define himself as an artist.

"In my early 20s I was feeling quite shadowy, quite hopeless," says Hegarty. "And he was an artist, an elder, who embodied a profound sense of hope. I decided he was my art parent. Someone who's footsteps I would follow in. I would trust him."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video: A Kazuo Ohno performance, set to Antony's song "The Spirit Was Gone"

Music Playlist

  1. The Spirit Was Gone

    Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
    Album: Swanlights
    Label: Secretly Canadian
  2. Ghost

    Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
    Album: Swanlights
    Label: Secretly Canadian
  3. I'm In Love

    Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
    Album: Swanlights
    Label: Secretly Canadian
  4. Thank You For Your Love

    Artist: Antony and the Johnsons
    Album: Swanlights
    Label: Secretly Canadian
  5. Untitled 6

    Artist: Nocturnal Emissions
    Album: Music For Butoh
    Label: Earthly Delights