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Friday, Aug. 20, 2004


Dance group takes on Solitude novel

The contemporary dance group "Pappa TARAHUMARA" will present a show based on the first half of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's epic novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" in a three-day run starting later this month in Tokyo.

"Mienai Toshi no Yume (The Dream of an Unseen City)," to be presented Aug. 27-29, is the first part of director and choreographer Hiroshi Koike's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" project.

Koike plans to present the second part in June 2005 in Riverside, Calif., and the full version in November 2005 in Japan, with tours continuing to the U.S. and Europe in June 2006.

"The novel, depicting the history of an isolated village and a family living in it, deals with the theme of the emergence and death of a civilization, which is very fitting to our post-9/11 age," said Koike, who first read it 27 years ago.

While "Mienai Toshi no Yume" will be performed by nine Japanese dancers, 18 other dancers, including several from foreign countries, will join in on the second part and full version.

"Mienai Toshi no Yume" will combine body movement, human voices, lighting effects, projected images and objets d'art to create the effect of "magic realism."

Advance tickets for the performance are 3,800 yen. Same-day tickets are 4,300 yen. To reserve, call (03) 3385-2066 or visit eee.eplus.co.jp/

"Mienai Toshi no Yume": Akasaka Twin Tower; 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m on Aug. 28, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Aug. 29; the Akasaka Twin Tower is located near Exit 12 of Tameike Sanno subway station.

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