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Friday, April 23, 2004


A Japanese display of Indian dance

Contemporary Natyam Company, a Japanese group that specializes in Indian dance, will present a five-day series of performances at Theater Momo at Tokyo's Nakano from April 29. Comprising three programs, the event will mark the group's eighth anniversary.

Program A (April 29 and 30, 7 p.m.) is a newly created dance piece titled "Kanemaki," featuring company leader Kyoko Nobi, who depicts a sinful woman who attains enlightenment, danced to the accompaniment of Buddhist chanting, sutras, Java gamelan and mouth organ.

Program B (April 30, 2 p.m.; May 1, 7 p.m.) consists of a solo performance by Jun Obi of Bharata Natyam, one of India's oldest dance forms, and a newly created dance piece.

Program C (May 2, 7 p.m.; May 3, 2 p.m.) will be "A Turbaned Briton," a Bhangra musical that deals with an Indian musician in Britain who attains success playing the music of his homeland.

Advance tickets are 3,000 yen for one performance, 5,500 yen for two performances and 8,000 yen for all three performances. For tickets, call (03) 3926-1066 or fax (03) 6761-1118.

Theater Momo (3-22-8 Nakano, Nakano-ku, [03] 3381-8422) is a five-minute walk from the south exit of JR Nakano Station.

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