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JAPAN! Culture + Hyperculture


Fusing Eastern and Western aesthetics, traditional and contemporary styles, Japan's dance companies and choreographers are proving to be masters at their craft, dazzling audiences with butoh, ballet, modern dance, hip hop, and more.

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Jo Kanamori's Noism 08: NINA materialize sacrifice

The Japanese dancer/choreographer and his company of dancers present the world premiere of a special version of their work for the festival, which blends contemporary dance with ballet.

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Ebina Performing Arts

Kenichi Ebina, a multiple-style dance performer, started out dancing freestyle hip- hop and expanded his style to poppin’, lockin’, mime, house, jazz, contemporary, and ethnic dance. Kenichi is the first and only two-time grand champion in the Showtime at the Apollo history.

  • Mon., Feb. 11, 2008, 6:05 PM
  • Free Millennium Stage Performance
  • Artist Page
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Master Class with Ebina Performing Arts

Kenichi Ebina, choreographer and founder of the all-Japanese dance group BiTriP, shares his unique style of dance during this master class.

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Sankai Juku: Kinkan Shonen

Japan's most famous butoh company revives the production that launched its prolific career in the U.S. Filled with hypnotic imagery, Kinkan Shonen ("Kumquat Seed") explores a young boy's dream of the origins of life and death.

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New National Theatre Ballet, Tokyo: Mixed Repertory Program (Feb. 15); Raymonda (Feb. 16 & 17)

Japan's national company performs two programs: mixed repertory featuring works by Balanchine, Duato, and Maki (Feb. 15); and Petipa's full-length masterpiece Raymonda (Feb. 16 & 17).

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Strange Kinoko Dance Company

The acclaimed all-female dance company presents the world premiere of Flowers, a new site-specific piece created for the festival.

  • Sat., Feb. 16, 2008
  • KC Café
  • Read More | Free Event
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Akira Kasai's Pollen Revolution

One of Japan's most acclaimed dancers performs the D.C. premiere of his daring solo performance, which takes audiences on an almost surreal journey through time, cultures, and states of being.