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Friday, June 3, 2005


'Forbidden Colors' set to rock

Contemporary dancers Kim Itoh, 40, and Tsuyoshi Shirai, 29, will present their new work, "Kin-Jiki (Forbidden Colors)" based on a 1951 novel of the same name by Yukio Mishima at the Setagaya Public Theatre from June 8.

In the novel, an aging writer and his young Adonis friend conspire to exact revenge against members of the opposite sex whom they detest.

In 1959, dancers Tatsumi Hijikata and Yoshito Ohno produced "Kin-Jiki" as the first-ever Butoh production. They staged it in almost complete darkness and finished -- apparently to Mishima's delight -- with a shocking scene in which a chicken's neck was wrung.

The current version, directed and choreographed by Itoh, however, is no mere homage to the history of Butoh. It is a fast-paced staging set to rock music throughout with many hidden meanings.

"Kin-Jiki" runs from June 8 till 11 at the Setagaya Public Theatre (SEPT), a 2-minute walk from Sangenjaya Station on the Denen Toshi or Setagaya lines. For more details call, SEPT at (03) 5432-1526 or visit www.setagaya-ac.or.jp/sept/

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