Wataru Kitao’s Baobab was invited to the world’s largest contemporary dance fair, internationale tanzmesse nrw, to perform the troupe’s repertory piece “UMU,” and was set on maximizing this opportunity with a tour. The invitation was seen as a valuable opportunity not only for Baobab, but for the next-generation dance artists comprising the tour members. Not only would they perform the work but also intended to experience all that the international networking event had to offer by proactively taking part in meetings and seeing performances of other works. However, due to coronavirus internationale tanzmesse nrw was canceled, and Baobab was unable to go ahead with its “UMU” tanzmesse tour.
Choreography/concept/direction/performance: Wataru Kitao
Performers: Yo Nakamura, Tomo Mizukoshi, Ayane Nakagawa, Saori Yoneda
Lighting design/operation: Daichi Kutsumi
Video artist: Shunsuke Nakase
Tour manager: Fuyuko Mezawa
Formed in 2009. Leader Wataru Kitao choreographs, develops and directs all works. Performers in formidable and irrepressible group formations dance their way through his original, indigenous-flavored choreography.
As well as 12 standalone productions, the group has performed in a variety of dance festivals in Japan and overseas, including Dance New Air, San Francisco International Arts Festival、and KYOTO EXPERIMENT. Baobab also plans and runs the dance festival “DANCE×Scrum!!!” for young artists.
Tanzhaus NRW studio 6 Dusseldorf, Germany