The American Dance Festival welcomes six Japanese companies and artists for this year’s Japanese Festival, beginning with world premieres on a shared program by butoh companies Dairakudakan and Kochuten, Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 at 8pm in Duke’s Page Auditorium. The mini-festival continues with performances by Japanese artists Natural Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre LUDENS, Kei Takei, and Teruko Fujisato, Friday, July 18 at 8pm and Saturday, July 19 at 2pm and 8pm in Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater.
Each japanese troupe will prsent an American premiere including Shinju ten no Amijima, a solo choreographed and performed by Teruko Fujisato; Takiko Iwabuchi’s Against Newton 2 performed by Dance Theatre LUDENS; hinji Nakamura’s Circus performed by Natural Dance Theatre, as well as Woman Washing Rice choreographed and performed by Kei Takei. ADF was the first American organization to present Butoh companies by introducing U.S. audiences to Dairakudakan, one of Japan’s leading pioneers of the art form and known for its Tempu-Tenshiki style of ghostly white faces and eerily silent screams. The troupe returns with the ADF-commissioned world premiere of Akaji Maro’s Secrets of Mankind. Takuya Muramatsu’s …gosh, I am alive… will be performed by dancers from Kochuten.
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