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Friday, Aug. 13, 2004


Chinese dance opens doors to Japan

The Tokyo Performing Arts Market 2004 will give Japan a rare glimpse into China's contemporary dance scene Aug. 29 when three days of shows kick off at Metropolitan Art Space in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

One of the main draws at the event will be the shows by the Beijing Modern Dance Company and the Wang Xiangdong Dance Studio of Guangdong Arts Research, Inc., who will present their pieces from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the No. 2 Small Hall.

The BMDC will present "Jie (Worlds)," which won the grand prix in 1999 at an international choreography contest in Belarus. The show, choreographed by Gao Yan Jinzi, features Gao and Liu Bin.

Wang's group will present "Yun Mo (Calligraphy)," which aims to express Chinese calligraphic expressions through dance, and "Yue Guang Guang (Moonlight)," which features folk dancing from eastern Guangdong Province.

Other programs scheduled to be held include:

* Contemporary Japanese dance (4:30-6:30 p.m., Aug. 30)

* Japanese dramas presented in cinema form (2-3:30 p.m., Aug. 30 and 31).

One-day passes to the event can be purchased in the basement of MAS for 2,000 yen. Three-day passes cost 4,000 yen.

For more information, check the Tokyo Performing Arts Market Web site (bilingual) at www.tpam.co.jp/ or call (03) 5960-9055.

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