Aha Moment: Antony Hegarty
Friday, January 14, 2011
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"