Weekend Photo Theme is a weekly photography article where either Dale or Franca will choose a theme, select 5 pictures to sum that theme up & tie them together with their interests of Architecture, Art, Design & Travel.

As we wrote last year, the biannual ‘Beppu Contemporary Art Festival’ in Japan was incredible.

One of the major features of the festival that we unexpectedly loved was a dance performance in Beppu’s former strip club, reopened and renovated by the local council as a performance space. The performance we saw there was an incredibly intimate affair, not only between the audience and the performers, but very much between the performers themselves.

The act performed is called ‘Kinpun’. A sexualised version for stripclubs of the 1950’s of a historic and traditional Japanese dance where people would cover themselves in chalk dust or glitter to add to the importance of the movements they were making.

Kinpun’ is a dying art, even with a resurgence in burlesque-style dancing in some major cities around the world, only a small element of the Japanese culture keep this dance alive. Here’s hoping there’s a revival.

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Is ‘Kinpun’ too sexual to be considered art?