Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013 « Japan Foundation Japan Foundation

A young Japanese dancer of great promise brings her masterpiece to add unique value to Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013.

In celebration of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Year 2013, the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents a short contemporary dance piece “Alphard” by Mikiko Kawamura, on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 September 2013, as a part of Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013 in Hanoi.

After winning the Outstanding New Artist Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection EX2011, Mikiko Kawamura has made a clean sweep of the New Artist Prizes in Japan such as the “Dance ga Mitai! New Figure Dance Festival 10” (2011), HARAJUKU PERFORMANCE+ DOMMUNE Award (2012), and Japan Dance Forum (JaDaFo) Award (2013) to name but a few.

Alphard, which is first premiered in Yokohama, Japan in February 2012, is made with Kawamura’s inspiration from the same name’s lonely bright star, standing alone in the position of the snake’s heart in the constellation Hydra. With lighting installations, the young choreographer (and herself is the dancer) divides the stage into nine squares, each with a different musical theme. It is like “stepping on the perceptions”, according to Kawamura’s statement.

Alphard shows the true worth of Kawamura’s excellent physical ability as well as her talent of choreography. This delicate but powerful dance piece will surely inspire you, Vietnamese audience in particular, to think about “contemporariness” in dance in Asian context including Japan.

Alphard by Mikiko Kawamura, a 25-minitue dance piece will be shown on Thursday 26 & Friday 27 September at Youth Theatre (11 Ngo Thi Nham) in Hanoi. The free ticket will be distributed from 14:00 on Thursday 19 September at four cultural institutions: the Japan Foundation (27 Quang Trung), Goethe Institute (56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc), L’Espace (24 Tran Tien) and British Council (20 Thuy Khue).

For more information on the whole program and schedule of Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013, please access to: http://www.goethe.de/ins/vn/han/en11504327v.htm

“Alphard” by Mikiko Kawamura in Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013

Date & Time: Thursday 26 & Friday 27 September 2013
[Open] 19:30 [Start] 20:00
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Venue: Youth Theatre
11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
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Program: Thursday 26 September
1) “Sillon” by Fre Werbrouck & Sara Sampelayo (Belgium)
2) “Alphard” by Mikiko Kawamura (Japan)
3) “Mushroom Z” by Nadav Zelner (Israel)
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Friday 27 September
1) “Alphard” by Mikiko Kawamura (Japan)
2) “Sillon” by Fre Werbrouck & Sara Sampelayo (Belgium)
3) “Lighting” by Anna Konjetzky (Germany & Vietnam)
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Free ticket distribution:
Tickets of “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013″ are already distributed out.
We are sorry for what might cause you inconvenience. Thank you.
*Please refrain from taking children under 10 years old.
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[From 2pm on Thursday 19 September onward]
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
[Opening hours] 09:00 – 18:00 (no closed days)
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Goethe Institute (56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc)
L’Espace (24 Trang Tien)
British Council (20 Thuy Khue)
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Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance 2013 runs from Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 September.

Profile

Mikiko Kawamura

Choreographer, Dancer

Born in 1990.

She began street dance from the age of sixteen.

She won the Outstanding New Artist Prize at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2011 while she was still a student of Japan Women’s College of Physical Education. After premiering her solo work Alphard in February 2012 at the Yokohama Dance collection EX 2012, it was also shown in the Japan Focus program at the Dance Triennale Tokyo 2012 in October 2012, receiving massive attention.

She has been actively presenting her original dance pieces at home and abroad, including Muku (2010), Gambattanda-ne, Omae no naka de wa (2011), Alphard (2012), Fantastic One-man Ping Pong (2012) , and euphoria (2013). She has been invited to Seoul International Dance Festival in Korea (SIDance 2011), JoJo-Oulu Dance Festival in Finland (2013) and Malta Festival Poznan in Poland (2013) to name but a few.

In the past two years, she has made a clean sweep of the New Artist Prizes such as the “Dance ga Mitai! New Figure Dance Festival 10” (2011), the contemporary dance division of Elsur Foundation (2012), and Japan Dance Forum (JaDaFo) Award (2013) and so on.

Selected as a Junior Fellow 2012-2013 by The Saison Foundation.

Currently she is also involved in other projects including This is a Domino Project in Croatia by Domino, Eastern Connection in Romania by Gabriel Tudor Foundation, and Tokyo Dance Today #9 in Tokyo by the National Children’s Castle Aoyama theatre / Aoyama round theatre.

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Press release:

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For inquiries and interviews with the choreographer/dancer, please contact at:

Ms. Huong (04-3944-7419 ext: 106) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138) The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam TEL 04 3944 7419