Japan Society's 16th Contemporary Dance Showcase


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Kaori Seki

Japan Society’s 16th Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia

Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. (followed by MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception) and Saturday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Tickets: $28/$25 Japan Society members

Note: Both performances are SOLD OUT, but a waitlist will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Since 1997, Japan Society’s Contemporary Dance Showcase has been a vital incubator for Japanese and East Asian choreographers, introducing them to the U.S. during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference and serving to launch and support their international careers. A leading platform for the introduction of Japanese choreographers and companies, the Dance Showcase has expanded, frequently including artists and works from the broader East Asian region, such as Taiwan and South Korea. Many Dance Showcase “alumni” have gone on to perform in major venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Walker Art Center, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater and others. Through dozens of debuts and premieres, the Dance Showcase has introduced Kota Yamazaki, Jo Kanamori’s Noism, Ko Murobushi and Ko & Edge Co. and chelfitsch Theater Company, among many artists who rose to international acclaim.

The 16th Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia brings a standout line-up of groundbreaking artists from the other side of the globe to Japan Society, presented as part of Japan Society’s 2014-2015 Performing Arts Season.

The sold-out performances feature four North American premieres and one US premiere.

This year’s showcase includes three works from Japan:

·       Nobuyuki Hanabusa‘s group enra performing Newton, an out-of-this-world amalgamation of motion graphics and body movement (North American Premiere)
This work by renowned motion graphics artist Nobuyuki Hanabusa’s company enra synchronizes super-sophisticated motion graphics with various types of body movement – such as ballet, martial arts, hip-hop, juggling and more in a spellbinding visual display. Newton is comprised of four works: PlanetPleiadesTorque starter and Hora, presented here for the first time ever as one composite piece in this program.

·       Mikiko Kawamura‘s inventive street-style solo Alphard set to a bold soundscape with J-pop and classical music (US Premiere)
Widely honored rising dancer/choreographer Mikiko Kawamura brings her distinctively fluid movement and eclectic street-style to Japan Society as she moves to an exciting mix of electronic dance music and classical pieces. Alphard premiered at the 2012 Yokohama Dance Collection EX in February 2012.

·       Kaori Seki/KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN‘s fragrant quartet Marmont, created collaboratively with the aroma designer Toshifumi Yoshitake (North American Premiere)
Marmont, by Kaori Seki/KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN, features four dancers who perform in a strong, controlled style with movement that slowly morphs into nebulous creature-like positions, while Aroma Designer Toshifumi Yoshitake takes the audience on an olfactory journey, creating a multi-sensory environment for this earthy and subtle work. Marmont premiered at Space EDGE in Tokyo, December 2010.

The showcase also features two works from Taiwan:

·       I-Fen Tung/M.O.V.E. Theatre‘s fresh duo How to Say grapples with communication through words and dance (North American Premiere)
How to Say, an intimate duo created collaboratively by Taipei’s I-Fen Tung and M.O.V.E. Theatre, centers around a percussive, spoken soundscape of live-processed and recorded speech and sound, exploring communication and relationships through simple and clear body language. How to Say premiered at Experimental Theatre, National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taiwan, in December 2011.

·       Shang-Chi Sun‘s Traverse, displays graceful martial arts-like movements, oscillating between combat speed and tranquility (North American Premiere)
This rigorous, abstract and eloquent work by the Taipei-based dancer/choreographer Shang-Chi Sun marks a North American Premiere. The swiftness, fluidity and multiplicity of Sun’s choreographic language and movement displays striking precision and a keen sense of rhythm. Traverse evokes the movement of martial arts, from quiet to explosive with haunting music by Ryoji Ikeda. Traverse premiered at LOFFT Theater in Leipzig, Germany in June 2011.

For more information, please visit Japan Society’s website.