This consists two different performances which will be shown throughout two weeks:
The new work premiered at the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center in March 2015, and “UMUSUNA – Memories before History” which had its world premiere at Lyon Dance Biennial in 2012 and has since been performed around the world.
Alongside performances, this project offers post performance dialogue with Ushio Amagatsu and guest speakers, workshop conducted by company butoh performers, and pre-performance talk by company staff (including composer Yoichiro Yoshikawa) , which aims to introduce wide range of activities as celebrating the 40th anniversary of company’s establishment.
Sankai Juku is a butoh dance company established in 1975 by its Artistic Director, Ushio Amagatsu. Sankai Juku commenced its international tours in 1980 and has performed in more than 700 cities in 45 countries. Sankai Juku is predominately based in France and continues to release new work every two years.
All the Sankai Juku’s work has been directed, choreographed, and designed by Ushio Amagatsu. Amagatsu sees Butoh as a “dialogue with gravity.” From there, he has developed his own method of pursuing internal nature that is universal to all human beings, such as “birth” and “death.” Amagatsu’s work has been recognized internationally for its originality using body language, the universality of the theme, and the easthetic strength of the expression.
In 2002, Sankai Juku’s performance HIBIKI won the Laurence Olivier Award in the category of Best New Dance Production. In 2007, Toki won the Grand Prix of the 6th The Asahi Performing Arts Awards and Sanaki Juku received the KIRIN Special Grant for the Dance. In 2013, Sankai Juku received The Japan Foundation award.
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Setagaya Public Theatre (Setagaya City, Tokyo)