Cultural Intimacy in Motion, Flash and Torobaka

Featuring: Akram Khan, Rennie Harris, and Michael Sakamoto

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Due to a recent knee injury while performing in Paris, Israel Galván has been advised by his doctor to withdraw his participation from the February portion of the TOROBAKA tour while he undergoes complete rest and rehabilitation, and therefore is unable to perform with Akram Khan as part of Cultural Intimacy in Motion.

However, Akram and Israel have committed to going forward and participating in this exciting residency program and will offer a very special gift to the public of Richmond.

Akram Khan will perform alongside the four remarkable musicians. All together, they will reframe the show in an exclusive evening where you will enjoy the very distinctive language of TOROBAKA, celebrating and transcending traditional kathak and flamenco roots.

During this unique performance, which they are calling “TORO”, the ‘contest’ will take place between Akram and the musicians, all masters of their own art: David Azura’s fine countertenor, Christine Leboutte’s earthy contralto, Bobote, the accomplished palmero who is equally a wizard at beating flamenco rhythm with his feet, and the multi-talented Indian percussionist B.C. Manjunath unleashing the cadences of his mridanga drum.

Together, they will re-imagine a captivating dialogue between Indian and Spanish classical rhythms, taking inspiration from what Akram Khan has always termed a ‘concert’ rather than a ‘dance performance’. Creating an unstoppable stream of sounds and movements, the charismatic quintet will keep intact the profound dynamics of the original collaboration, exploring even further their taste for improvisation and playfulness.


Kathak Workshop for Dance majors
with Priti Patil
Friday, February 12 • 9am-10:45am
VCU Dance Depot Annex Studio (behind 814 West Broad Street)
Free and Open to the public for Observation

Flamenco Workshop for Dance majors
with Ana Ines King
Friday, February 12 • 9am-10:45am
VCU Dance Depot Annex Studio (behind 814 West Broad Street)
Free and Open to the public for Observation

Twitter Chat: #DanceCulture2016
Let's talk about how art can inspire new action inthe unfolding sotry of modern cross-cultural understanding
Tuesday, February 16 • 2pm-3pm

Cultural Passport Discussion + Project Preview
facilitated by Lea Marshall
Tuesday, February 16 • 5:30pm-7:30pm
VCUarts Depot Building, 2nd floor
Free and Open to the Public

Butoh Workshop for Dance majors
with Michael Sakamoto
Friday, February 19 • 9am-10:45am
VCU Dance Depot Annex Studio (behind 814 West Broad Street)
Open to the public for Observation

Community Class
with Michael Sakamoto
Saturday, February 20 • 12pm-1:30pm
VCU Dance Depot Annex Studio (behind 814 West Broad Street)
Free and Open to the Public

FLASH
Sunday, February 21 • 2pm
Grace Street Theater (934 W. Grace Street)
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Master Class for Dance majors
with Akram Khan
Monday, February 22 • 11am-1pm
VCU Dance Depot Annex Studio (behind 814 West Broad Street)
Free and Open to the public for Observation, space is limited

FLASH
Monday, February 22 • 7:30pm
Grace Street Theater (934 W. Grace Street)
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Master Class for Dance majors
with Rennie Harris
Tuesday, February 23 • 11:50am-1:20pm
VCU Dance Depot Annex Studio (behind 814 West Broad Street)
Free and Open to the public for Observation 

Artist Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 23 • 7:30pm
Grace Street Theatre (934 W. Grace Street)
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TOROBAKA
Wednesday, February 24 • 7:30pm
Carpenter Theatre (600 E. Grace Street)
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“[Harris is the] Apotheosis of hip hop” –Lewis Segal, LA Times

“Sakamoto creates expressionist theater that evokes the mysterious, the withering and the tongue-in-cheek.” –San Francisco Bay Guardian

“A contemporary pop spin on the classical discipline of butoh.” –Seattle Stranger

Cultural Intimacy In Motion is an intersection of four artists that explodes conventional notions of cross-cultural dialogue. VCUarts, in partnership with the Modlin Center for the Arts, presents two collaborative dance performances and an in-depth discussion with the artists who made them. Drawing from Japanese Butoh traditions with a fusion of contemporary ideas, Michael Sakamoto and beloved hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris conceived Flash as a conversation between their respective aesthetics (butoh and hip-hop) and cultural backgrounds (Japanese-American and African American). Torobaka unites classical Indian Kathak with Spanish Flamenco in a duet performed to live music by the acclaimed London choreographer Akram Khan, and Sevillian-born Israel Galván. Torobaka is a thrilling stylistic dialogue. Inspired by the rhythmic roots of civilization and the sacred relationship between the hunter and animal, the performers use innovative choreography, exquisite technique, and contemporary storytelling to create a distinctly new form of dance. Israel Galván has been called “revolutionary,” “avant-garde,” and simply “a genius.” Known for his complex and rapid-fire footwork punctuated by moments of stillness and silence, Galván dances flamenco on the cutting edge.

Presented to diverse audiences in the Mid-Atlantic region, portions of this culturally dynamic project will also be distributed nationally via live stream and/or archived high-definition broadcast.

Ticket Information

BUY A CULTURAL INTIMACY IN MOTION PACKAGE

Flash

Modlin Center Subscriber Price: $22
Adult: $28 UR Student: $10
Senior (62+): $25 UR Employee: $24
Child (0-12): $14 Group (20+): $25


Artist Panel Discussion

Modlin Center Subscriber Price: $8
Adult: $10 UR Student: FREE
Senior (62+): $8 UR Employee: $8
Child (0-12): $5 Group (20+):

$8


Torobaka

Modlin Center Subscriber Price: $31 | $28 | $24
Adult: $38 | $34 | $30 UR Student: $11.50
Senior (62+): $34 | $30 | $27 UR Employee: $32 | $29 | $25
Child (0-12): $19 | $17 | $15 Group (20+): $34 | $30 | $27


Richmond CenterStage
The
Torobaka performance will take place at Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theatre. Ticket prices for this event include a $2 per ticket restoration fee.



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