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Dance to enliven hope

Japanese choreographer Kentaro!! will perform in the city

art and culture Updated: Mar 16, 2012 02:22 IST

A blend of contemporary and hip-hop is what Kentaro!! showcases through his performances, which he describes as works of art.

This Japanese choreographer, after having received accolades at home, is touring India for the first time. His name is followed by two exclamation marks at the end, which he describes as a, “Deliberate attempt to stand apart from the many Kentaros in Japan.” Talking about his upcoming show in the Capital, the young choreographer says, “My show titled, After Raining It Will Be Sunny, has an underlying message. The earthquake that struck Japan last year left an impact on my mind. Through my work, I want to say that whether you ask for it or not, rain will eventually stop and the sun will come.”

Kentaro!! is known to display swift and powerful movements in his performances that are attuned to music, also composed by him. “I use a lot of rock, pop, techno, and hip-hop music. I make my music first, and make it into dance or vice-versa, to embody what’s on my mind. Sometimes, I make a whole story in the beginning of the creation,” he adds. Ask him about the resemblance of his dance techniques to legendary pop-artist Michael Jackson, and he says, “When I was small, my mother used to show him to me all the time, so I copied him. In that sense, he was one of the things that initiated me into dancing.”

However, he emphasises that German modern dancer, Pina Bausch, has been a huge influence. “I wanted to create artwork after watching Pina Bausch. It was not my intention to mix genres, my work just naturally turned out to be so. I don’t think about genres,” he says. The artist adds that he is excited to perform in Delhi for the first time, and reveals that he has a ‘to do’ list for the city.

“I have read a lot about old Delhi and Chandni Chowk and I am eager to visit them. I also want to see Indian performances. I admire a lot of Indian performers and I am looking for some inspiration from this visit,” he concludes.

Catch him here
What: Dance Performance, After Raining, It Will Be Sunny
When: March 16
Timing: 7 pm
Entry: Free
Where: Chinmaya Mission, Lodi Road
Nearest metro station: Khan Market on the Violet Line

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First Published: Mar 15, 2012 18:50 IST