Sankai Juku

UMUSUNA - Memories before History

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UMUSUNA - Memories before history © Courtesy of Sankai Juku
“...a beautifully surreal performance experience … a must see.” Katie Colombus, thestage,

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NAC Presentation

Japan’s famed Butoh company Sankai Juku (winner of the 2013 Japan Foundation Award), under the creative genius of the highly esteemed choreographer and director Ushio Amagatsu, performs its newest hypnotic masterpiece. UMUSUNA, meaning “the place where humans connect with nature”, is a superb, sharply designed ritual that investigates themes of eternity. Nine male dancers of extraordinary intensity engage in a dialogue with gravity, as continuously falling sand—symbolizing time itself—piles up onstage denoting life as a vertical line. Performers connect to the living world via earth, air, fire, and water, represented by vivid coloured lights. With stunning visuals and immaculate design UMUSUNA is a gripping and poetic work that will leave you speechless.

Choreography, Concept and Direction by Ushio Amagatsu
Music by Takashi Kako, Yas-Kas, Yoichiro Yoshikawa
Dancers: Ushio Amagatsu, Semimaru, Sho Takeuchi, Akihito Ichihara, Ichiro Hasegawa, Dai Matsuoka, Norihito Ishii, Shunsuke Momoki
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) 
The presentation of UMUSUNA is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.
For the 2015 North American tour, Sankai Juku is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan, Shiseido Co., Ltd, and Toyota Motor Corporation.

video: UMUSUNA Memories Before History
UMUSUNA Memories Before History
UMUSUNA - Memories before history © Courtesy of Sankai Juku
UMUSUNA - Memories before history © Courtesy of Sankai Juku