April 10-15, 2018
University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Photo by Erik Berg
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This interdisciplinary performance incorporates the formality of kabuki, the prideful energy of flamenco, and the instinctive physicality of contemporary dance through the meeting between two multi-award-winning artists: the Argentinian-born Daniel Proietto, trained in kabuki, and the 76-year-old Shōji Kojima, who moved to Spain from Japan to become a master of flamenco.

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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.

Producing Partner and North American Management: FuturePerfect Productions
FuturePerfect Productions is a New York-based interdisciplinary production company creating dialogues between the fields of live performance, media, visual art, and technology. As catalyst for artistic and cultural development around the world, FuturePerfect brings together the expertise, specialists, and logistics required to turn complex ideas into reality.

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About The Artist

winter guests is a Norway-based producing and touring company for work created by choreographer and director Alan Lucien Øyen. The company's working method centers around contextualizing their own reality into the subject matter of the piece—resulting in rich, eccentric, and entertaining performances.

Directed and choreographed by Alan Lucien Øyen
Performer Shōji Kojima
Performer Daniel Proietto
Creative Associate Andrew Wale
Set design Åsmund Færavaag, Andy Cavatorta
Light Design Martin Flack
Sound Design Gunnar Innvær