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Kim Itoh + The Glorious Future (Japan)
Choreographer: Kim Itoh

I Want to Hold You
& Dead and Alive - Body on the Borderline

March 13, 14 & 15, 2003
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

Coming soon to Québec: Kim Itoh + The Glorious future! Montréal has been picked as one of the lucky cities to host the leading-edge Japanese troupe. The company, under the artistic direction of Kim Itoh, has captivated audiences with its edgy esthetics, a striking mix of audacity and provocation, and is currently enjoying a boom in Japan, Europe and the United States. Next stop, Montréal, where it will be mounting two remarkable works: I Want to Hold You and Dead and Alive—on the Borderline, which garnered the prestigious Prix d’auteur du Conseil général during the 1996 Rencontres choréographiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, in France.

Created in July 2000 at Tokyo’s Setagaya Theatre Tram, I Want to Hold You examines communication in human relations, focusing on those between men and women, an inexhaustible source of inspiration if ever there was one, but here treated with the choreographer’s sense of discipline, spareness and irony. The embrace of absence, the atmosphere of reverie, the harried search for the other. Nine dancers, including the choreographer himself, draw us along with them into an unending search “without anything unnecessary in the way, the stage is filled with crystal clearness.” (Yomiuri Shimbun)

Following the lead of novelist Saïichi Maruya who has written that “the ‘modern’ Japanese is neither alive or dead,” Kim Itoh asks the question: what is a truly living body? His answer? Dead and Alive—Body on the Borderline, a quartet that contrives to be both serious and funny at the same time, a piece that employs medical terms such as “brain death” to explore the notion of non-functional existence. “What is important is that Itoh thinks in the contemporary framework. His future is worth paying attention to.” (Komei Shimbun)

A product of the new generation of Japanese choreographers, Kim Itoh has trained in both classical and butoh dance. After dancing in the Furukawa Anzu Company and Dance Butter Tokio, he launched his career as a choreographer in 1990. Up until 1995, he presented solos on tour in Japan and Europe, where he also gave workshops and worked closely with several companies, musicians and artists. In 1995 he founded Kim Itoh + The Glorious Future, a company which took as its guiding principle extraordinary quality applied to daily life. Today, the troupe is made up of nine dancers trained in art direction workshops, and all involved to varying degrees in the creation of the company’s repertoire. The work of Kim Itoh + The Glorious Future has been enthusiastically received in France, Germany, Spain, Argentina, the United Kingdom and the United States.

April 2002

Photos: Sakae Oguma

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