there is no end to more

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Just saw inkboat and cokaseki’s AME TO AME (Candy and Rain) at Japan Society. (See earlier preview post). It was a delightful work of “Butoh 2.0” – a playful, surreal, physically rigorous meditation on relationships. It used some of the movement vocabulary associated with Butoh but had a distinctly contemporary feel – from the soundtrack to the gently humorous avant-slapstick interchange between the two dancers. Culturebot recommends you go check it out, its playing through Saturday.

If you don’t get to see AME TO AME, mark your calendar now for Jeremy Wade’s “there is no end to more” which is coming to Japan Society December 3-5. Jeremy is the master of the grotesque and extreme, this promises to be intense:

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from the Japan Society site:

Japan Society presents the world premiere of its commission to Bessie Award-winning American choreographer Jeremy Wade. In a bold and violent juxtaposition of movement, text, animation and video of manga (Japanese comics) drawing, Wade takes a playful and cynical look at Japanese kawaii (cute) culture— from the infantile fluff of Hello Kitty to teenage doe-eyed love portrayed in anime—exploring its ubiquitous influence on the world today. In his inimitable way of walking the line between societal norm and aberration, consumption and delusion, Wade peels away the layers of kawaiito reveal the grotesque that lies beneath. Wade, who is based in Berlin, directs there is no end to more, a solo for a salesman in which he sells his own super show, performed by actor/ dancer Jared Gradinger in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Japanese manga artist/illustrator Hiroki Otsuka, Berlin-based video artist Veith Michel, musician Brendan Dougherty and architects Katja Mitte and Henning Ströhwith text co written by Wade and visual artist/ writer Marcos Rosales.

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