Leni-Basso

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beauty, body, boredom, everyday life, metropolises
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Performing Arts (dance, dance / choreography, dance / modern, video performance)
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Asia, Eastern
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Japan
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July 9, 2003
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Article

Japanese dance at stage

Japanese dance company Leni-Basso breakes all dance rules.

Leni-Basso´s performances stimulates audience´s senses with stylish, quick movements, film, lights and sound. Recently, their pieces were well received in Europe and in the US.
A unique perspective on contemporary Japanese dance Founded in 1994 by Akiko Kitamura, Leni-Basso is a contemporary dance company whose creations have been called "multimedia theatre" productions.

Featuring artistic stage lighting, computer graphics, intense sound effects and spatial design, these elements all freely intertwine then evolve. Known for its visual and physical stimuli, Leni-Basso´s performances build an interactive relationship between stage and audience.

In Finks, created by Artistic Director Akiko Kitamura, Leni-Basso explores the theme of communication in dance. Dance Magazine Japan raves about Finks stating: "It could be said that a masterpiece is born!"

Finks is performed on a simple space where four cameras are installed in four corners against the background of two huge screens. The actions of the dancers are so intense and violent that audiences immediately think of martial arts.

"They (Lenni-Basso company dancers) aim to create an interplay of dance and other elements. There will be sound, light and visual images filling up the air in the theatre, and the distance between the stage and the seats will be removed. The work of Kitamura excites all the senses, and moreover, it may indicate a new direction in moderns art, where its boundary becomes vague and the definition of dance is going to be changed" (Dance Magazine, Japan)

"They dance to the offbeat, breaking the pattern of motions, then speeding up, in solo and mass movement. It gives the audience an explosive impression and they even share the moment of joy with the dancers" (Dance Magazine, Japan).
Author: Karin Bergquist

Bio

In 1994 Leni-Basso - a contemporary dance company - was founded by the choreographer Akiko Kitamura.

Works

Finks

Production / Performance,
2001
In Finks, created by Artistic Director Akiko Kitamura, Leni-Basso explores the theme of communication in dance. Dance Magazine Japan raves about Finks stating: "It could be said that a masterpiece is born!" Finks is performed on a simple space where four cameras are installed in four corners against the background of two huge screens. The actions of the dancers are so intense and violent that audiences immediately think of martial arts.

Merits

The dance compagny ´Leni-Basso´ has recieved annual grants from the Saison Foundation.

In 1998 Leni-Basso received Japan Internet Play Award - Best Performance Prize

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

IN TRANSIT 2005

(02 June 05 - 18 June 05)

Images of Asia

(08 August 03 - 26 September 03)

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