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tonight is nasty

  • Organization : Tenshikan
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Dance


This new performance shows a process spanning from an encounter, repulsion, and union to eventual cosmic catharsis. The underlying theme is “How does the human race overcome war?” Wars caused by different principles or different religious views are, in a sense, led by men. What humans need to do to overcome these conflicts is to eliminate war that rages on emotional levels so that they tolerate other people’s different sensibilities.

The six woman dancers, Ikuyo Kuroda, Naoko Shirakawa, Maki Morishita, Naoka Uemura, Misako Terada, and Setsuko Yamada—have their own clear expressions. They each project their own sensibilities in their dancing to eventually unite with each other to create cosmic sensations and cosmic sensibilities that transcend humanity and that run through the entire performance.

Structured, directed, choreographed, and performed by Akira Kasai
Dancers: Ikuyo Kuroda, Naoko Shirakawa, Maki Morishita, Naoka Uemura, Misako Terada, and Setsuko Yamada
Stage Manager: Eiji Torakawa
Lighting: Yasushi Morishita (Light Ship)
Music: Hiroo Kakuta
Sound Techniques: Hiromasa Ozaki
Costumes: Midori Hagino
Producer: Hisako Kasai
Produced by: HiWood


Akira Kasai
Akira Kasai began his career as a dancer after meeting Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in the 1960s. In 1971, he established his dance company Tenshikan, where he developed many dancers. He moved to Germany in 1979 and enrolled in
Eurythmeum Stuttgart until 1985. In 1994, he returned to the dance world by performing Seraphita. He engages in his own creative activities as a dancer and choreographer in a wide range of genres, including contemporary dance and Eurythmy. In recent years he has performed in the Americas, Europe, and other international locations.


Hisako Kasai
3-27-9 Nishimotomachi, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-0023
e-mail: chakomeer◆cup.ocn.ne.jp
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Setagaya Public Theatre(Setagaya City, Tokyo)