SANKAI JUKU performs
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 June at 7.30pm
& Saturday 14 June at 2.30pm
Tickets £10 - £35. Ticket Office 020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com
Japan's highly theatrical and most successful contemporary dance company, Sankai Juku, winner of the 2002 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production, returns to Sadler's Wells from 10 - 14 June with the UK première of the Company's latest work Kagemi.
Sankai Juku is led by the visionary dancer, designer and choreographer Ushio Amagatsu. His distinctive style sets powdered white dancers against large-scale sets and spectacular lighting. Amagatsu combines the power and intensity of highly controlled movement with shifting natural forms such as sand and water, to create unforgettable pictures from every pose and gesture.
Kagemi, or, Beyond the Metaphors of Mirrors, is a work in seven tableaux for seven male dancers. Kagemi is thought to be the origin of the word mirror and the performance explores the other world reflected by the mirror image. Alternating between shade and light the dancers seem to float through a forest of giant suspended lotus flowers.
Sankai Juku was formed in 1975 by Ushio Amagatsu. He took Butoh dance and fused it with western physical theatre and high-impact visual effects. Ankoko Butoh, meaning Dance of Darkness, was created in the 1960s by the Japanese avant-garde as a response to the atmosphere of pain and suffering pervasive in Japan in the post war, post Hiroshima era. It was a new theatrical language, drawing on the great traditions of Noh and Kabuki theatre, and combining them with influences from Western contemporary dance and literature.
Now aged 53 Amagatsu still performs with Sankai Juku and is the central force behind the company.