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Akira Kasai

“Nobody dances like him, and nobody can dance like him. The revolution of life takes place in his body.”–The Asahi, Japan

Heralded as the “Nijinsky of Butoh,” Japan’s Akira Kasai marks his first visit to the Walker in nearly a decade with a tour-de-force solo performance. This acclaimed master of butoh (the most influential style of contemporary Japanese dance) floats the audience on a surreal and startling journey through time, cultures, and states of being. Kasai’s striking personae morph through kabuki drama, street dancer, and solitary actor while his movement shifts between classical Japanese, hip-hop, and the soulful otherworlds of butoh.