World Premiere of Dominic Walsh's 'Uzume'

World Premiere of Dominic Walsh's 'Uzume'

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Hana Sakai. (Gabriella Nissen / Dominic Walsh Dance Theater)

Asia Society Texas Center, in collaboration with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (DWDT), presents the world premiere of Uzume, a newly choreographed work that is a riveting combination of ballet, contemporary dance, and Japanese taiko drumming.

Uzume—the name of the Shinto goddess of joy and happiness who is allied with the art of spiritual rhythm making and movement—is inspired by Walsh's respect for and fascination with the people and culture of Japan and features Japanese taiko drummer Kensaku Satou and ballerina Hana Sakai.

The guest artists from Japan join DWDT star dancer Domenico Luciano to form a cohesive rhythmic unit that captures the traditions of Japan and creates a sensory feast of sound, vibration, and visually stunning images.

Sabrina Lynn Motley, Asia Society Texas Center's Director of Programs and Education, says, "We are thrilled to include this work as part of our inaugural performing arts season. Presenting Dominic Walsh's choreography along with Kensaku Satou's masterful drumming and Hana Sakai's ever-surprising movement vocabulary is emblematic of Asia Society's mission of connecting Asians and Americans through the arts."

 

Tickets

Friday, October 19, 7:30pm
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Saturday, October 20, 7:30pm
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Sunday, October 21, 2:00pm
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About the Artists

Kensaku Satou provides music for Uzume with taiko drumming, an integral part of Japanese traditions and historically considered a sacred practice in Buddhist and Shinto ceremonies. A remarkable artist of extraordinary abilities, Satou creates incomparably explosive beats and divine performances, bringing a power and mysticism to his performances.

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Hana Sakai is one of Japan's premier ballet dancers, known for her elegant, expressive, and refined performances. Dominic Walsh has said of her that she has a mysterious aura, tremendous technique, and artistic instincts unlike any.

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Domenico Luciano is a mighty presence, evoking an animal energy complimented with grace and stealth. He has not only been a consistent driving force for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's success, but continues to be invited to venues all over the globe, winning praise and awards for his thoughtfully crafted performances.

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Related Links

Houston Chronicle: A New Beat for Dominic Walsh
Full Inaugural Fall Performing Arts Season Lineup

Event Details

21 October 2012
2:00pm

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
713.496.9901

Asia Society members and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater subscribers $30; nonmembers $35; Sunday Matinee Student Rush $15. Links to purchase tickets below event description.