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Aug. 29, 2012
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Dance Triennale Tokyo 2012 program announced (Sept. 27 – Oct. 14, 2012)
The program has been announced for one of Japan’s leading dance festivals, Dance Triennale Tokyo 2012. Now in its fifth holding, the 2012 festival features more than 15 companies from the ten countries of Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Japan. The venues for the program are the Aoyama Round Theatre, Spiral Hall and the Tokyo Goethe-Institut and 14 of the performances will be Japan premieres.
The festival opening will feature the latest work “Le Trait” of Nacera Belaza (Algeria born, France-based), who comes to Japan for the first time, and the Strange Kinoko Dance Company will perform the collaborative work “not quite right (3mm Kurai Zureteiru Heya)” (premiered 2006) created with Justin Caleo during the “Australia-Japan Dance Exchange (AJdX) 2006” that was part of the Japan-Australia Friendship Year 2006.
Among the invited overseas artists are Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues, who is also the founder of Brazil’s Panorama Festival. The work to be performed, “POROROCA,” takes its title from giant wave that forms from the flow of the Amazon River meeting the ocean tides. Apearing at the festival for the third time, Israel’s Yasmeen Godder uses famous pieces of classical music in a complex and humorous portrayal of romanticism in man-woman relationships in the work “Love Fire;” and Belgium’s Alain Platel presents the work “Out of Context - For Pina,” as an homage to Pina Bausch. Also, in a world premiere, a collaboration with the Netherlands-based pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, director/choreographer Nicole Beutler and lighting artist Jean Kalman titled “SHIROKURO” will be performed. Other artists appearing include the Swiss-based Korean choreographer YoungSoon Cho Jaquet and Germany choreographer Martin Nachbar.
This year’s festival also features a program of Asian and Japanese choreographers. Appearing in the “ASIA FOCUS” program are Jecko Siompo (Indonesia), Choi Jin-han (Rep. of Korea) and Condors’s Ryohei Kondo, while the “JAPAN FOCUS” program features Swiss-based Hideto Heshiki, Maki Tabata and the 21st Century GEBA GEBA dance company.
In addition to the performance program, there will be a United Nations University forum, dance films from the Theater Image Forum, workshops for people with dance experience and elementary school children, showcases featuring the participating artists and free outdoor performances by the Japanese artists. Also, bookstores in the area will join to present a book fair of dance-related books.

Festival Outline
The festival began as a biennale in 2002 and became a triennale from 2006. As one of Japan’s leading contemporary dance festivals it brings prominent contemporary dance artists from around the world to perform at the Aoyama Theatre, the Aoyama Round Theatre and Spiral Hall in Tokyo. With a mission of promoting awareness of dance and the performing arts in Japan and communicating their artistic appeal and enjoyment, the festival programs include workshops, dance-related film showings, talk events and the like in addition to the performance program.
+Dance Triennale Tokyo 2012