Alphard (first performed in 2012) will be performed by Mikiko Kawamura, an up-and-coming choreographer and dancer, at Malta Festival Poznan.
Malta Festival Poznan is an international festival showcasing plays, music, dance, film and visual art. 2013 was the 23rd year of the festival and Romeo Castellucci (stage director and artist) was invited to participate in the festival as a curator. His participation generated a lot of publicity.
The Idiom Section was curated by Romeo Castellucci, and featured 21 works on the theme of “OH MAN, OH MACHINE.” Castellucci chose man and machine as the central theme of the festival, commenting that “OH” signifies both a sigh and praise. Castellucci selected Alphard to be played at the festival. His reason for the choice is that it matches the theme, and is complicit with the spirit of the festival which is to continually explore the new. Alphard is the only work by a Japanese performer in the entire festival.
Born in 1990, Mikiko Kawamura began street dance at the age of sixteen. She has been presenting her works at venues in Japan and abroad including Seoul International Dance Festival (2011), Korean National University of Arts in South Korea, Dance Triennale Tokyo 2012 –JAPAN FOCUS, JoJo – Oulu Centre of Dance in Finland (2013), and Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (2012 and 2013). Mikiko has also received a number of awards including the Outstanding New Artist Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2011, New Artist Prize at Dance ga Mitai Festival, the first New Artist Award presented by the El Sur Foundation, and the 7th JaDaFo Dance Award (2013). She completed dance studies at Japan Women’s College of Physical Education.
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Osmego Dnia Theatre, Poznan, Poland