Sunday, February 10, 2008

Noism08 UMS Debut

NINA materialize sacrifice, Noism08
Jo Kanamori, artistic director
Friday, February 15, 8 pm, Power Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

One of the most talked-about personalities on the Japanese contemporary dance scene, the 33-year-old choreographer and dancer Jo Kanamori is at the vanguard of Japan's new generation of dancemakers and serves as the artistic director of Noism08, the only residential contemporary dance company in Japan. He studied classical Ballet in Japan, then went to Europe where he discovered contemporary dance, working with Jirí Kylián and Maurice Béjart and achieving recognition as an important choreographer with a unique, polished, and sophisticated talent. His company makes its UMS debut with this single performance of NINA materialize sacrifice, which showcases dancers of amazing virtuosity performing outrageously difficult choreography with machine-like precision. This full-evening work is set to music by Vietnamese-French composer Ton That An.

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