Dance, Theater / 120 Minutes with Intermission
Is there ever such a thing as a truthful representation?
Japanese kabuki—specifically onnagata, when a man meticulously represents the perfect geisha—and Spanish flamenco are two art forms intrinsically connected to the culture from which they derive. What happens when these forms are mastered by someone from the outside?
From opposite ends of the earth, two multi-award-winning dancers have crossed continental and cultural borders to ask each other what part passion, identity, and mortality play in the making of the artist and their art. These are the Argentinian-born, contemporary dancer Daniel Proietto, who trained in the codified world of kabuki, and 77-year-old, Japanese-born Shōji Kojima, who through his lifelong study of flamenco has created his own expression of the traditional Andalusian dance.
Simulacrum is a grand, yet intimate, dance performance created by Norwegian company, winter guests, and its visionary, the choreographer/director, Alan Lucien Øyen. Expect a masterful incorporation of the formality of the art of kabuki, the prideful energy of flamenco, and the instinctive physical language of contemporary dance.
The creation of Simulacrum was supported in part by a Creative Residency at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.