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JADE 2006 International Dance Festival opens Mar. 11
 Launched in 2002 with the aim of becoming a world-class dance festival, the JADE International Dance Festival runs this year from March 11 to 26 at venues including the Park Tower Hall in Shinjuku, the Spiral Hall in Omotesando and Roppongi’s Oribe Hall among others. The program includes an “International Program” inviting foreign companies, the “Hijikata Memorial” program honoring the butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata and presenting contemporary butoh works, the “Contemporary Dance in Japan” program introducing a variety of fresh talents from the cutting edge of the Japanese contemporary dance scene, and the “Dance in Cinema” program of five most unreleased films on dance.
Particular attention focuses this time on three male choreographers also known for their prowess as dancers, including the improvisational dancer Tsuyoshi Shirai, the mixed media performer Takao Kawaguchi who combines film and music in his works, and Hiroyuki Miura, known for his themes based in urban people. The three artists will present a back-to-back series of three works under the title Otoko-buri.
+Scheduled festival works
International Program
Companies are invited from Canada, Germany and Senegal. The production from Senegal is FAGAALA the work that Kota Yamazaki choreographed in collaboration with the company Jant-Bi during his stay in 2003 to 2004.
• Compagnie Marie Chouinard from Canada will perform The Rite of Spring, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
• NEUER TANZ from Germany will perform REVOLVER
• Kota Yamazaki and Germaine Acogny & Jant-Bi from Japan and Senegal will perform FAGAALA
Hijikata Memorial
Min Tanaka, whose claim as heir to the butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata was recently reinforced by winning the 2005 Asahi Performing Arts Award, resents a solo work in collaboration with street musicians.
• Min Tanaka Solo Dance pacing the physiological ground MAPS series #1-bodibodiemboditransbodi
Contemporary Dance in Japan
Otoko-buri.: Three works by Tsuyoshi Shirai / Takao Kawaguchi / Hiroyuki Miura
• Strange Kinoko Dance Company I’m walking to my home
Dance in Cinema (Five films shown six times. One lecture)
Palavra e Utopia, Inquietude, Saikaku Ichi-dai Onna, PATTES BLANCHES and Strogiy yunosha
Lecture by Shigehiko Hasumi (Cinema critic/ Scholar of French literature)
+JADE 2006 International Dance Festival