Sunday, October 31 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Dixon Place – 161A Chrystie Street
Ninja Ballet Presents Abun-Dances/豊穣なる舞, an evening of dance and martial arts performance featuring Shoko Tamai, Zen Takai, and music by Hideo Sekino.
A fusion of Eastern and Western dance methodology, practice, and performance, Ninja Ballet blends classical ballet and martial arts to explore innovative movement in dance and fight choreography, creating a new genre where Swan Lake meets The Matrix. Ninja Ballet performers blur the line between what’s real and what’s possible, using classical and contemporary dance, acrobatics, and stage weapons, to create an immersive and interactive dance theater experience that seeks to reconnect people with nature and their environment and to create a space where dance, music, and visual arts become one.
About Ninja Ballet
Established in NYC by Artistic Director Shoko Tamai in 2017, Ninja Ballet has performed all over the city at venues such as Jazz Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey Citigroup, Mark Morris Dance Group, Tenri Cultural Institute, Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, Unarthodox, The Tank NYC, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Queens Theatre, Plaxall Gallery, City Tech Theater, Arts on Site, Absurd Conclave, and The Secret Theatre. The organization has also performed internationally in Koh Phangan, Thailand; St. Petersburg, Russia; Odessa, Ukraine; Oaxaca, Mexico; and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Ninja Ballet presented work in 2019 at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the 76th International Choreographer’s Showcase and has previously participated in the APAP Booking Dance Festival “Collective Thread” with ModArts Dance Collective, KoDaFe in NYC with i KADA Contemporary Dance, the New York Asian Dance Festival, “Borrowed Light” at Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Salon Series #63 with Sachiyo Ito Dance Company, Dance Brooklyn with Purelements Dance Company, Open Studios with Bushwick Arts Collective, WEPAfest in Williamsburg, Natural Abstractions I and II with Bill Claps, and the annual ChaShaMa Gala event.
ChaShaMa awarded Ninja Ballet and Shoko Tamai with the Immigrant Artist Dance Award in 2021 for the presentation of their evening program Abun-Dance at Anita’s Way in Times Square.
Ninja Ballet Method
In 2020, Tamai teamed up with Zen Takai, a sixteenth-generation ninja master from Kyushu, Japan, to create the Ninja Ballet Method. The integration of ninjutsu and ballet together results in the realization of inner beauty and the purification of the heart. Ninja Ballet Method reveals the ancient secrets of ballet to the martial artist and the time-honored traditions of martial arts to the dancer. When trained together, practitioners achieve a more enlightened sense of movement, as well as the feeling of empowerment to protect themselves and others.
In 2021, Tamai traveled to Japan to present What We Have is Now, a one-woman evening-length performance at Sakura-za. Accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Hideo Sekino, she presented Ninja Ballet’s body of work to a sold-out audience in her hometown of Yamanashi.