Sankai Juku brings on stage the origins of movement – birthing dance from a cellular and unadulterated state, movement transmogrifies into pure dance, Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land choreographed by Ushio Amagatsu.
Inaugurating this slow moving and well-heeled imaginative journey, a solo starts simply inspecting as well as living the distance between the ribs and the elbow of the dancer.
Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land speaks of balance and precision through a humble performance where emotions are deeply buried inside the dancer’s body.
Set against an incredibly large fossil wall, the audience and dancers contemplate the majestic beauty of fossils of the Paleozoic marine creatures.
Sankai Juku’s performance instruments the audience to be patient, to open their eyes – growing into a profound state of awareness over and above everything.
As the performance unhurriedly unfolds the audience is gifted with an emotional turmoil brewing inside the dancers, manifested gradually on their faces – declaring a distinct new self.
Metamorphosing collectively as a family in circular and deeply rooted movement histories, the performance instills Japanese culture through to the end.
It is very reassuring to witness a performance that injects tradition, culture and above all years of rehearsal and investigation into a delicate and emotionally charged performance.
Sankai Juku proposes tradition in a contemporary demeanor, staged exquisitely for a full audience at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.
It is impossible to put this performance in perspective against contemporary dance works usually reviewed in this publication – simply put, Sankai Juku is dedication at its heart; a lifetime work shared amongst a cluster memorable and distinguished dancers.
Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land by Sankai Juku performed at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on the 20th & 21st of May 2016 part of Super Japan – Japanese Festival of the Arts.