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Troupe turns words into action

Oct 15, 2010

Troupe turns words into action

Fujiyama Annette, a contemporary dance troupe started by 30-year-old Nay Hasegawa and Kazumi Yamashita in 2003 (though Yamashita is no longer involved), is known for its inventive takes on performance, use of technology and focus on different perspectives. In line with its concept of ...

Don Quixote gets punked

Dec 11, 2009

Don Quixote gets punked

The contemporary Japanese dance scene has recently drifted to a more fragmented situation where groups delve deeper into their own particular take on performance, but one exception to this is Pappa Tarahumara. Founded by Hiroshi Koike (freshly back from a discussion presentation with Laurie ...

Partying with a leathery twist

Nov 6, 2009

Partying with a leathery twist

Whether you’re into alternative lifestyles, cutting edge art and performance or just a good old thumping party, the Japan Fetish Ball will entertain, and possibly challenge your assumptions. This is the premiere Fetish event in all of Asia and clientele range from those who ...

Festival celebrates butoh founder Ohno

Oct 2, 2009

Festival celebrates butoh founder Ohno

Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno are recognized as the founders of the influential dance genre known as butoh (originally called ankoku butoh, “the dance of darkness”), which has become an important worldwide dance form. While Hijikata passed away in 1986, Ohno, now 102, has ...

Sometimes taboos make for good shows

Jul 3, 2009

Sometimes taboos make for good shows

Artist, curator and performer Viviennne U.H. Doan is presenting the second edition of her multifaceted event “Beautified Taboo” on July 9 at Super Deluxe, and if this version is anything like the distinctive experience that greeted patrons of the first event last July, art ...

Moving into recovery, awareness in 'Fubin!'

Dec 19, 2008

Moving into recovery, awareness in 'Fubin!'

The Fujiyama Annette dance/theater company was started by 28-year-old Nay Hasegawa and 27-year-old Kazumi Yamashita in 2003, though only Hasegawa continues to choreograph the company’s shows. Named after an imaginary French-Japanese iconic model, the company puts on unique dance performances that mix video projection, ...

Jun 27, 2008

Doan exhibition embraces human taboos as art forms

Artist Vivienne U.H. Doan is known for following her own vision. From body-sculpting and superstylish modeling- performance pieces to gigantic dress installations, this Vietnamese-German has offered a fresh take on art that involves the audience. Her latest project, titled “[Beau * ti * fied ...

Behind the scenes is where he preferred to be

Jun 8, 2006

Behind the scenes is where he preferred to be

“I founded the school in the first place because my father taught me I should do something for young people when I reached the age of 50.’‘ – Shohei Imamura (in an interview with a former student in 1994) Shohei Imamura called me into ...