“Sophisticated beauty . . . Sankai Juku creates its unique art form that transcends the times.”—Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan
Japan’s most famous touring dance company, Sankai Juku creates dreamlike butoh performances by weaving meticulous, hypnotic movement with breathtaking large-scale staging. Seven men—heads shaven and bodies painted white from top to toe—perform seven scenes filled with glorious images (symbolizing sand and water, ash and blood, life and death), beginning with a forest of delicate lotus flowers floating high above the stage. At the heart of the production’s mesmerizing spectacle lies a desire to glimpse life’s meaning and beauty. This is Sankai Juku’s first visit to the Twin Cities in more than a decade. Directed, choreographed, and designed by Ushio Amagatsu. Copresented with Northrop Dance Season.