It matters not whether Japanese rice-farmer-turned-butoh-dancer Naoyuki Oguri, 32, dances nude, in a genital sock or in black jacket and baggy black pants left over from high school days: His pursuit of purity--junsui--is stunning and clear. That and more was evident in Oguri's solo improvisation at La Boca Sunshine Mission on Friday night, accompanied by Adam Rudolph, percussion/world music whiz.
Oguri, a former dancer with butoh great Min Tanaka, began his subtly shifting body sonata hugging the small performance space's open windows. With his back to the audience, clad in a black suit and a pair of work boots, Oguri took the tiniest of steps to Rudolph's austere gongings. Shifting his weight from side to side, curling and uncurling his hands, Oguri was at once rooted to the ground and teetering backward.