Dance means different things to different people. To some, it is ballet or classical dance forms full of graceful movements. To some, it is an expression of their reaction to music- hip-hop, jazz dance, tap dance,etc. To others like me who are not so graceful or particularly born to dance, it is a fun way to exercise. And to some, like Sankai Juku’s founder Ushio Amagatsu, it is butoh.
According to Amagatsu, the dance form of butoh represents “a dialogue with gravity”. Be it ballet, hip-hop, Irish dance or any other dance, gravity defying movements are a huge focus of modern-day dance. But butoh is about “sympathisizing with gravity” (to quote Amagatsu) and thus it comprises of entirely different set of movements.
Sankai Juku will be performing the work “Hibiki: resonance from Far Away”, at the Power Center this weekend. Be prepared for stunning imagery and some inventive and impressive choreography.
Saturday, October 23 | 8 pm
Sunday, October 24 | 2 pm
Tickets @ the Michigan League Ticket Office; more info on the UMS webpage