Becoming a Caterpillar (2021. Directed by P. Esposito)

Subtitled ‘A multimodal perspective on butoh dance’, this video article examines the practice of metamorphosis in the Japanese dance movement approach of butoh, focusing on techniques for ‘becoming a caterpillar’ (aka, ‘becoming a wave’). The video adopts a sensory anthropology perspective which attends to the micro-phenomenological dimensions of the practice, exploring them multimodally through a combination of textual, graphic, dance, and performance re-enactments. 25 mins viewing, followed by discussion. 

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GTC Medical Anthropology Film and Discussion Group - Film Programme Hilary 2022


3.30-5pm, Tuesdays (Weeks 4, 6 and 8) on Teams

Convened by Paola Esposito (

The GTC Medical Anthropology Film & Discussion Group explores the extent to which film can complement, enrich and further the study of medical anthropology themes, topics and methods. After watching selected clips, we discuss a film’s content and approach, and interrogate its capacity to support the analysis of issues relating to illness, crisis, health and wellbeing.

This term we focus on the theme of ‘Inner/Outer’.