The Grand Hall of the Bucharest National Theater will host on Thursday, March 30, under the JTI Meetings, starting from 19.00, the show “La Bayadere – Nation of Illusion”, performed by the Japanese company of contemporary dance NOISM.
Being for the first time in Romania, at the Japan Foundation’s initiative, NOISM will provide performances to the audience in Bucharest and Sibiu, in cooperation with the Sibiu International Theater Festival and the Art Production Foundation. On Wednesday, April 5 and on Thursday, April 6, the audience in Sibiu will have the opportunity to watch the coupe performance “The Match Seller’s Tale” and “Passacaglia” on the stage of the National Theater Radu Stanca.
The NOISM company has been founded in 2004 within Ryutopia – Center of Performing Arts, in the city of Niigata, Japan, by the choreographer Jo Kanamori, being the first professional dance company which follows the European drama tradition. Starting from 2007, NOISM holds performances also outside Japan, attending important competitions such as Cehov International Theater Festival in Moscow, or the Classical Music Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, being awarded, among others, the prestigious Asashi Performing Arts Award in 2008. Today, NOISM continues to enjoy the audience, presenting new original productions every year. Jo Kanamori, the Artistic Director of the company, has studied in Lausanne with Maurice Bejart and has activated at the Dutch Dance Theater, at the National Ballet of the Lyon Orchestra and a the Gothenburg Ballet of Sweden. Since he returned in Japan in 2002, Kanamori has remarked himself by numerous innovative stage projects combining dance with elements of the theater universe.
The show “La Bayadere – Nation of Illusion”, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet “La Bayadere”, was made in the summer of 2016, in cooperation with top artistic personalities, such as the theater director Oriza Hirata, musician Yasuhiro Kasamatsu, architect Tsuyoshi Tane, fashion designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae (from the Issey Miyake Fashion House), furniture manufacturer Masaki Kondo, etc.
The most recent creation of NOISM is the coupe performance “The Match Seller’s Tale” and “Passacaglia”, whose first presentment was held in January 2017 in Niigata; it will be also presented in Sibiu, on April 5 and 6, in an absolute premiere outside Japan. The performance includes a first play inspired by the Andersen’s fairytale world, with music by David Lang and Shigeru Umebayashi, followed in the second part by an abstract dance play with music by Heinrich Biber and Satoshi Fukushima.
Being inaugurated in 2000 by the ballet company Bejart Ballet Lausanne, The JTI Meetings have brought on scene famous dancers, choreographers and ballet companies such as Nacho Duato and Compania Nacional De Danza, Joaquin Cortes, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tango Pasion, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant, Gigi Caciuleanu and the Chile National Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Vortice Dance Company, Maria Pagés and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan Company, as well as Mats Ek, Ana Laguna, Susanne Linke and Dominique Mercy, in 2016.
Japan Foundation is a semi-governmental organization aiming to strengthen Japan’s relationships globally, through the intercultural dialogue. The Foundation’s activities are supported by the Japanese Government, as well as by private contributions, including a large number of cultural programs in more than 180 countries.