Jeremy Wade “there is no end to more” at Japan Society

Japan Society Artistic Director Yoko Shioya saw Butoh in Jeremy Wade’s Bessie award-winning duet Glory and, though this was not in his movement background, sent him to Tokyo for research and then brought his work there is no end to more (sight unseen) for its world premiere last month.  Last night, it returned to the … Continue reading

there is no end to more

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 … Continue reading

Ame to Ame at Japan Society

Culturebot hearts Japan Society! I’ve heard great things about this performance – and this video looks really cool. Check it out! inkBoat/cokaseki Ame to Ame (Candy and Rain) New York Premiere Cutting edge… chic and beautiful and surprising for the audience. —Radio Berlin Brandenburg [lova-Koga and Kaseki are the] Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of … Continue reading

art-tastic evening

  Last night we paid a studio visit to R. Justin Stewart to check out his current work, which was really fun.  It is interesting work,  loosely based on emergence theory, more focused on the mathematics of structure.  The sculptures are playful and thoughtful at the same time and we’re interested to see where he … Continue reading

Cbot Recommends HIROAKI UMEDA at Japan Society

“The work of the Japanese soloist is part hip-hop, part Butoh, which means that his expert, staccato undulations build very slowly. The integration of multimedia—flashes of light, cracklings of electronic noise, blackouts, silence, all precisely timed—is highly sophisticated. In one dance, Umeda inhabits a computerized environment, its bright-lined geometry reminiscent of “Tron.” His very movements … Continue reading

don’t be chelfitsch, see 5 days in march!

chelftisch Theater Company Five Days in March U.S. Debut Tour Written & directed by Toshiki Okada at Japan Society 333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017 Phone: 212.832.1155 Thursday, February 5, 7:30 PM Friday, February 6, 7:30 PM Saturday, February 7, 7:30 PM more info at japansociety.org Five Days in March is “making a … Continue reading

Okada-san ke Ichi-ban!

I have heard great things about this company. And I saw a DVD of their work and really, really liked it. This is, like, the hippest Japanese alternative, experimental, contemporary theater happening. they do this crazy weird fidgeting/gesture movement stuff with what (apparently) is kind of like, heightened colloquial language ala Richard Maxwell. Though it … Continue reading

i know this much is true

I’ve heard that this show is absolutely spectacular!   true Takayuki Fujimoto (dumb type) x Takao Kawaguchi (dumb type) x Tsuyoshi Shirai     “[true] reminds us of the overwhelming sense of living in contemporary society.”  Asahi Newspaper How do we really know what is true? Welcome to the surreal world of true, where our assumptions about time, … Continue reading

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