An international collaborative project between Japanese and other Asian artists launched in 2015 by contemporary dance choreographer, Akiko Kitamura. She researches traditional dance, music, spiritual rituals and martial arts rooted in regions across Southeast to South Asia, and creates and presents experimental works that extend across the course of history and place, inspired by the artists and cultures she has encountered and based on the key concepts of memory, ruins and the body. Transcending differences of culture and language, the project is a prayer to fuse (cross) the “seeds” carefully passed down (transited) to the musical and physical practices of each place and germinate them as “Asia of the future.”
“Cross Transit” was the first work produced on this project, followed by “vox soil” and the latest work, “Rhymes of Soil,” which was performed in Tokyo.
Choreographer. She was invited to create pieces for the Bates Dance festival in 2001 and the American Dance Festival in 2003 and won the best dance prize for 2005 from Montreal’s Hour magazine with her representative work “finks.” The work “ghostly round” commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin was staged all over the world.
Kitamura launched her international collaboration with Indonesian artists, the To Belong project, in 2011, a project that garnered an award at the 7th Japan Dance Forum Award. She began the Cross Transit project in 2015. In 2018 “vox soil” was awarded the grand prize at the 13th Japan Dance Forum Award, and “Rhymes of Soil” was launched in 2019. In 2020 she launched a Japan-Ireland collaborative project called “Echoes of Calling.”
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Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson University (Towson) / Terrace Theatre, Kennedy Center (Washington DC) / Japan Society (New York) USA
Theater Tram, Setagaya City, Tokyo