The first series of photos to launch the new Theatre in Pictures project is by Alan Eglinton, a Paris-based freelance photographer. The subject is the Japanese Butoh company, Sankai Juku, and their celebrated work Unetsu – The Egg stands out of Curiosity, first performed in 1986. The two kanji that form the word ‘Unetsu’ (卵熱) translate as egg/ovum and heat/fever. The company was founded in 1975 by Amagatsu Ushio and the name ‘Sankai Juku’ translates as ’studio/school between mountain and sea’. Sankai Juku’s work is an important component of the ‘Second Wave’ of Butoh since it began in the 1960s. The photos included here are of a 2006 production at the Vaison-la-Romaine Dance Festival, France. All images are © copyright of Alan Eglinton.


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About the photographer
Born in 1980, Alan Eglinton is a freelance photographer living in Paris and working for publications such as Le Monde and the literary magazine Le Matricule des Anges. He’s developing an on-going photo project about the once-united North and South Korea. www.alaneglinton.com.

  • Outstanding images with wonderful performance..

  • Gary Gordon

    Stunning images of an inspired work.......exudes a powerful spirituality........traverses subliminal spaces between here and there.....