Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug

April 28, 2012
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“The stage becomes a Zen garden, and the dancers are polished stones placed harmoniously within it.” – Times Union

Downtown New York’s beloved contemporary choreographer, Kota Yamazaki (2007 Bessie Award winner), premieres his newest work (glowing) this spring! Inspired by the great modern day novelist Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s essay In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows), which describes Japan’s appreciation of the refined beauty found in darkness and shadows, Yamazaki re-examines the fundamentals of butoh, the art form in which he received his training. In an unparalleled collaboration with African dancers, American architect Robert Kocik, lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann and Tokyo-based composer Kohji Setoh, six dancers will perform within a set constructed to evoke the soft lighting and dim interior of a traditional Japanese house.

$25/$20 Japan Society members

Buy Tickets Online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

The East Coast tour of (glowing) also includes:
EMPAC (Troy, NY) on Friday, April 6,
Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA) on Saturday, April 14,
& Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA) on Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21.

Co-commissioned by Japan Society and EMPAC (The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center).

(glowing) was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.


This tour of (glowing) is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

(glowing) has been supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through a residency at Building 110: LMCC’s Art’s Center at Governors Island.


Special thanks to the Abrons Art Center, Ecole des Sables, Mount Tremper Arts and Headlong Dance Theater for providing residency opportunities and rehearsal studios.

*MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support provided by MetLife Foundation.

  • Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • 7:30 pm