Child Sexual Violence & Rhizome Lee

Revised Statement, Sept 27, 2019 (For original see here.)

On September 20, 2019 in the AM, Rhizome Lee (official name Ryuji Oka) who founded Himalaya Subbody Butoh school 15 years ago in Dharamsala, India, confessed in group to the Fall semester guides and participants that he molested 3 children during the last 15 years.

Rhizome Lee has agreed to not be giving any classes under the current circumstances

The reason we are exposing this information is because we who have been associated with Himalaya Subbody Butoh have absolutely no tolerance for child sexual abuse.  As soon as the information was confirmed, we knew that this was something that needed to go public.

The facility of Himalaya Subbody Butoh is currently not in operation due to the participants and guides collectively leaving and practicing at an alternative space. As for all those associated in the past with Subbody, we want to make clear that the absolutely unethical actions of Rhizome Lee:

(1)  Do not represent former Subbody participants and the Subbody method.*

(2)  Do not represent the research and artistry achieved while under the Subbody method.

(3)  Do not represent the Butoh art in India, nor in the world.

Despite this, some may want to distance themselves from the Subbody name or create a new one, which is completely understandable.

We all though stand together against child sexual violence now and in the future. For anybody with a history at Subbody, if you want to add your name here to take a stand against child sexual abuse, we will add you.

Steps are being taken to assure that the appropriate authorities are contacted and that the situation will be handled in the most responsible way. Until further investigations have taken their course, we would like to request that people practice sensitivity in discussing this issue and consider the damage that might be done to the victims by baseless rumors and discussions.

Against abuse,

Özerk Sonat Pamir, Adam Koan, Julie Becton Gillum, Johanna Augart, Ian Mozdzen, Pratik Mahajan, Paul Wobig, Tejus Menon, Kevin Tzaddi Raison, Priyadarshini Ohol

* Rhizome Lee tried to use the Subbody method to justify his actions.