"When in Tokyo I photographed him (Kazuo Ohno) in the street wearing a dress. He told me that he was inspired by Jean Genet’s novel, Notre Dame de Fleurs. I showed the series to Jean Genet. (…) We were friends. He came to my house one night. I said, "Look, I took some photos in Japan. This dancer says that he was influenced by your book." Genet’s reply was that he didn’t understand. (…) Genet belonged to a different sphere. I don’t think he knew much about dance." (William Klein about the photographs he took of Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno in a street performance in Shinjuku, 1960)
'There are an infinity of ways in which you can move from that spot over there to here. But have you figured out those movements in your head, or are we seeing your soul in motion? Even that fleck at the tip of your nail embodies your soul… the essential thing is that your movements, even when you're standing still, embody your soul at all times' - Kazuo Ohno
Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata.
Egon Schiele, Standing Male Nude with Arm Raised, Back View, 1910
Alice Coltrane. Journey In Satchidananda. Impulse! ABC Records. 1971.
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
― Roald Dahl
Lord Albert Douglas. I’d be Wilde for him too.