Japan Society’s 16th Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia

How to say (c) Chang-Chih Chen
Beyond Chinatown:

Japan Society’s 16th Contemporary Dance Showcase: Japan + East Asia, one of their many great performance programs this season, brings from astonishingly agile artists from Japan and Taiwan for two nights of performances Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10.

From Japan:

Nobuyuki Hanabusa’s group enra performs Newton, an out-of-this-world amalgamation of motion graphics and choreography.

Mikiko Kawamura’s street style solo Alphard is set to a bold soundscape with J-pop and classical music

In Kaori Seki’s quartet Marmont, bodies morph into nebulous creature-like positions.


From Taiwan:

I-Fen Tung’s (董怡芬) fresh duo How to Say grapples with communication through words and dance.

In Shang-Chi Sun’s (孫尚綺 / 孙尚绮) Traverse, graceful martial arts-like movements oscillate between combat speed and tranquility.

Here’s the preview trailer:


enra: “Torque starter”

This is the latest dance video from Nobuyuki Hanabusa‘s Enra collective and you can’t help but appreciate how much talent is on show here—digital and physical. Hanabusa’s choreography and video experimentation combines live projection with talented performers who practice synchronization until they get it spot on.

Hanabusa is the founder of the Enra experimental dance collective who are based in Japan. Each of its artists is a highly talented specialist and it includes dancers, martial artists and jugglers. In 2012 Hanabusa worked with Enra and the Tokyo Olympic games bid team and directed a video that was part of the winning campaign.


Japanese Troupe Combines Dance And Light To Create Pure Magic

Combining elements of dance, performance art, music, technology, light, music and more, the versatile Japanese troupe ‘Enra’ has stumbled upon magic. Only a few months after wowing the Olympic Committee with “Fuma-Kai,” director Nobuyuki Hanabusa brings another fantastic piece of work with “Pleiades” above.


Japanese performance troupe “enra” presents “FUMA-KAI,” blending live performers and projected animation

Check out Japanese performance art troupe enra as they present the piece, FUMA-KAI.

Performers fire virtual arrows and spar with floating spheres in this tightly choreographed performance piece that blends live performance and computer animated projection.