Contemporary dance seemed to enter the wider arts consciousness in Japan around the turn of the century, when there was a pronounced upsurge in the number of performances, festivals and competitions.

Reflecting that rising enthusiasm, Takao Norikoshi published the encyclopedic "Contemporary Dance Thorough Guide" in 2003, which gave a further boost to the art form.

Fast forward 15 years from then, to one delightful spring evening last month, and a lucky few dance enthusiasts could be found mingling with art lovers in the spacious entrance of the Yokohama Museum of Art to witness a one-off curatorial tour de force titled "Dan-su/Nude."