Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land
Directed, Choreographed, and Designed by
Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 7PM
Royce Hall

“One of the most original and startling dance theater groups to be seen.” —The New York Times

Over the course of the past 35 years, the work of Ushio Amagatsu for his Tokyo-based, all-male company Sankai Juku has become known worldwide for its elegance, refinement, technical precision and emotional depth. Amagatsu’s contemporary Butoh creations are sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences. As one of the premiere choreographers at work in the world today, the arrival of a piece by Ushio Amagatsu is a much-anticipated event in the North American dance landscape. Sankai Juku returns to Royce Hall with one of Amagatsu’s strongest works, Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land. Set against an upstage relief of sea lily fossil images, this exquisite piece is a poetic meditation on the passage of time as symbolized by the circulation of water and the seasonal transformation of the earth.

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Funds provided by the Japan Foundation Los Angeles and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund.

Music by 

Takashi Kako, YAS-KAZ, Yochiro Yoshikawa



Toru Iwashita

Sho Takeuchi

Akihito Ichihara

Dai Matsuoka

Norihito Ishii

Shunsuke Momoki

Taiki Iwamoto

Realization of Sea Lilies (décor): 


Costume Realization: 

Masayo Iizuka

Co-produced by 

Theatre de la Ville (Paris, France); Esplanade – Theatre on the Bay (Singapore); Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center (Fukuoka, Japan); Sankai Juku (Tokyo, Japan)

North American Tour Produced by

Pomegranate Arts

Linda Brumbach, Executive Producer

Alisa E. Regas, Associate Producer

World Premiere 

Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center, March 2015 

Sankai Juku’s 2019 North American tour is supported by Shiseido

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