|Film Matinee: ?Between Kimono and Kendo?|
|A Japanese man crying? on stage in Japan?!|
The German Goethe Institute is sending Pina Bausch?s idea of ?German Dance Theatre? to Japan. Pina gives the dance an opportunity to be not only an artistic-esthetic event, but also be culturally critical .
During a 6-weeks workshop young Japanese dancers discover deep layers of personal feelings and humane existence. Under direction of a German dance professor a collaboration of dance metaphors for one stage dance presentation evolves: dance within tension created by different roles of men and women in regards to Japanese tradition and modern times. Stage presentations in Kyoto and Tokyo offered scenes of touching personal emotions: dancers as well as the audience find themselves disobeying taboos.
This sensitive film presentation is balancing poetry and documentary information. It represents the fundamental change of people in a society in Far East through
- selected scenes of a processing dance and reactions in the audience
- historic images supporting the history of dance during changing political times
- poetic impressions as well as informative sequences about ?Japan today? (where girls not only learn Kendo, sword fighting by Samurais, but also ?How to say No?)
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