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TONARI—Fusion of Film, Dance, and Jazz beyond Borders (Recap)
Who knew that Tokyo and San Francisco can connect through space, film, contemporary dance, and jazz!?
Together with Executive Producer Sophia Noel, Band Leader Akira Tana, and director Ben Tarquin, Asia Society Japan collaborated to seek and explore new ways for performing arts to connect beyond borders, cultures, and generations.
It was a true cultural collaboration pushing the boundaries. Choreographer Sophia Noel and Sayuri Hirayama danced fusing Hip-Hop, Salsa, Swing, ballet, and Japanese classical dance to Japanese children’s classics performed by the Akira Tana and the Otonowa Band. Iwasaki Hall at the International House of Japan was transformed into a vibrant energetic arena complete with a stage and a runway infused with lights. Together the performers and guests were able to take down barriers and push forward something extraordinary.
Please see the photo highlight from the performance in Tokyo.