Kizuna Dance, a performing arts company that celebrates Japanese language, culture, and history through contemporary dance, has two upcoming performances.
Fast Forward Series
Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The Mainstage at Dixon Place – 161A Chrystie Street (between Delancey and Rivington Streets)
General Admission: $17 in advance/$20 at the door
Seniors, Students, and ID NYC: $15 in advance/$17 at the door
As part of Dixon Place’s Fast Forward Series, Kizuna Dance will perform on a split-bill with OCA Dance. Centered around the theme “The Inner Strength,” the company will show the full 27-minute reworked version of Rebirth, which premiered at Middlebury College last November.
Inspired by visual artist Manabu Ikeda’s work of the same name, Rebirth draws imagery from Japan’s ongoing recovery effort from the 2011 Tohoku tsunami and earthquake. It is rooted in themes of fall and recovery—and in the power we each hold to lift each other up.
To purchase tickets, please visit Dixon Place’s website.
Halfsies—an UpRISE Performance Festival Event
Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Cora Dance – 358 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn
Suggested Admission: $20 or Pay What You Can (minimum $5)
Kizuna Dance has been a company-in-residence at Cora Dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn, since October 2019. The company will share an evening with Cora Dance’s professional company, run by Shannon Hummel. They’ll perform current repertory as well as a work-in-progress version by their 2020 Guest Commissioned choreographer Hannah Garner. Dance Magazine recently named Garner as a “25 to Watch” artist in 2020.
To purchase tickets, please visit Cora Dance’s website.
Cameron McKinney, Artistic Director of Kizuna Dance
Cameron McKinney is a New York City-based choreographer, educator, and a current Visiting Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University. As a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow, he will present work in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games showcases.
A recipient of fellowships from the Alvin Ailey Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council, McKinney has presented work and taught in fifteen states and four countries. Commissions include prestigious institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet School, the LDIF Festival, The Dance Gallery Festival, and SUNY Brockport, among many others.
U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, 2019-20 Creative Artist Fellowship
McKinney and renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki will collaborate to produce a 30-minute contemporary dance work for a five-person ensemble. The work will be rooted in an embodiment of the personal histories of dancers both in the United States and Japan. It is meant to resonate on a deeper level with the dancers of both casts.
McKinney will travel to Kobe to work with Shimazaki’s dance company, Dance Barbizon, then return to New York to work with his dancers. The work will then be performed in Tokyo in summer 2020. By specifically focusing on the connection between United States-based artists and Japanese artists, the work will portray the bond of friendship that has developed between the two nations over the last several decades by accenting the similarities between the two seemingly disparate cultures.
For more information about McKinney, please visit his website.
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