Dance and music production “TANGLE” is a collaborative work based on international cultural exchange between young Japanese and French performing artists from different genres. Both the dance and violin employ methods that combine traditional and contemporary techniques, representing the cutting-edge art of our times. The production is an opportunity for Japanese children to have an accessible experience of the performing arts and enjoy the fruits of cultural exchange between Japanese and French artists. Seeing the work will give children the chance to learn, with its themes of connectivity, reciprocity, cooperation etc. It is an opportunity to learn about the physical training involved in dance and the possibilities for artistic fusion.
Fusing art forms such as contemporary dance and violin – often seen as exclusive and difficult – with street dance and electronic music will feel more relevant to a young audience, and introduce it to out of the box creativity. Of three scheduled performances, one will give admission to preschoolers and one day will include a post-performance talk, giving audience the opportunity to reaffirm the themes and message, and moreover offering hope for the global activities of a future generation of artists.
Formed in 2011 by a group of Japanese break dancers pursuing creativity and originality in physical expression. They named themselves “Kinetic Art,” the “art of moving,” basing their style on contact improvisation dancing which combines acrobatic movements making use of the dancers’ flexible bodies with their individuality. Respecting the freedom of street culture, its backbone, Kinetic Art’s activities are aimed at communicating to society the importance of identity formation and self-expression common to all art forms, and the sociality of dance.
Theatre Tram, Setagaya City, Tokyo