Japan Society Hosts Contemporary Dance Showcase, January 7-8 | Playbill

Classic Arts News Japan Society Hosts Contemporary Dance Showcase, January 7-8
New York's Japan Society has announced the program for its annual Japanese Contemporary Dance Showcase.
Performances will take place on January 7 and 8. The showcase is now in its eighth year.

The evening-length performance includes Noism05, a new company formed by dancer and choreographer Jo Kanamori, making its U.S. debut. Kanamori, who studied with Maurice B_jart in Lausanne and performed under Jir‹ Kylišn, was tapped earlier this year to launch a contemporary dance company at the Niigata City Performing Arts Center at Ryutopia.

The Sennichimae Blue Sky Dance Club, an all-female butoh company with a pop sensibility will perform Natsu no Utsuwa (Container of Summer). BATIK, a company founded in 2002 by Ikuyo Kuroda, will present Shoku (Touch), a work investigating the psychological landscape of young girls in contemporary Japan, in its U.S. debut.

Monochrome Circus, a Kyoto-based company led by Kosei Sakamoto, will perform Uta-kata (Bubble); the company is known for its Delivery Performance Project SHUKAKUSAI (Harvest Festival), in which dance and music are delivered to any location.

Solo dancer Kaiji Moriyama will perform Katana (Sword).

Performances are January 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25. The Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th St.; for information and tickets call (212) 752-3015 or go to www.japansociety.org.

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