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Friday, March 18, 2005


Antunes Filho's homage to Ohno

A Brazilian dance/theater company will pay homage to Kazuo Ohno, a 98-year-old butoh-influenced dancer, with a performance in Yokohama.

Antunes Filho, head of the Sao Paulo-based Grupo de Teatro Macunaima, met Ohno during the 14th Nancy International Theatrical Festival, where Ohno made his international debut at the age of 74. Directed by Filho, "Carmen Miranda -- Homage to Kazuo Ohno" focuses on Miranda, the most famous Brazilian singer of the 20th century well-known for her appearance with Groucho Marx in "Copacabana."

In Filho's piece, four dancers -- Juliana Galdino, Arieta Correa, Emily Sugai and Paula Arruda -- play Carmen as a girl, a young woman, a middle-aged woman and an old woman while incorporating elements of Ohno's dancing style, all to an accompaniment of fado and carnival music.

"Carmen Miranda -- Homage to Kazuo Ohno" will start at 9 p.m. on March 25; 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on March 26; and 5 p.m. on March 28 at BankART Studio NYK outdoor stage.

For a 3,000 yen advance ticket, call (045) 663-2812. A same day ticket is 3,500 yen.

BankART Studio NYK (3-9 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama. Tel. 045-663-4677) is a four-minute walk from Exit 6 of Bashamichi Station of the Yokohama Minato Mirai subway line.

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