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In the Japanese dance scene, all-female performing companies are common. Mademoiselle Cinema, established in 1993, is one such group. The basic concept embraced by Naoko Ito, the group’s choreographer, is “Nostalgia oriented toward the future” and her approach is to create dance by visualizing the memories, feelings and thoughts of each dancer.

The theme of the coming performance entitled “Ii-ko, Warui-ko, Komoriuta” (“Good Kids, Bad Kids, Lullabies”), the company’s first new piece in three years, is contemporary Japanese women. It revolves around women’s experiences at elementary, middle and high school.

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