Takashi Kako, Yas-Kaz, Yoichiro Yoshikawa
Ushio Amagatsu, Semimaru, Sho Takeuchi, Akihito Ichihara, Ichiro Hasegawa, Dai Matsuoka, Norihito Ishii, Shunsuke Momoki
Over the course of the past 35 years, the work of Ushio Amagatsu for his company Sankai Juku has become known worldwide for its elegance, refinement, technical precision and emotional depth. His contemporary Butoh creations are sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences. As one of the premier choreographers at work in the world today, the arrival of a work by Amagatsu is a much-anticipated event in the North American dance landscape.
Sankai Juku returns to Los Angeles with its latest creation Umusuna - Memories Before History. This exquisite new work evokes the essence of duality and unity encapsulated in the Japanese characters for “birth” and “earth” that combine to form the work’s title.
Co-produced by Biennale de la Danse / Opéra National de Lyon; Theatre de la Ville Paris, France; Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center, Fukuoka Pref. Japan; Sankai Juku, Tokyo.
Production Management Pomegranate Arts, Linda Brumbach, Founder and President
CAP UCLA presentation is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment.
Sankai Juku’s 2015 North American tour is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan, Shiseido Co., Ltd, and Toyota Motor Corporation.
This presentation of UMUSUNA is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program and made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.