April 4, 5 and 6, 2002
Show Times and Prices:
All shows at 8 pm: regular
$15, student/senior and CADA $10
Tickets: Advance ticket
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Theatre presents a new dance work April 4, 5 and 6, 2002 by
Meiko Ando called Onibaba. Onibaba is inspired by the Butoh
style of dance and is based on the traditional Japanese
legend of the demon-woman Onibaba. The evening is a
collaboration between dancer/choreographer Meiko Ando,
musicians Roderick Zalameda and Go Hirano, and visual artist
the beginning of the story, Onibaba appears as a young woman
living a traditional village life. She eventually grows old,
sick, loses her mind and dies. After her death, she
transforms herself into Onibaba, the demon-woman who lives
alone in the remote part of the mountains. As she wakes up
from her long sleep in the hollow of a tree, she crawls out
and wanders the forest at night looking for human warmth.
She reaches an opening in the forest where she dances her
Onibaba dance, which builds gradually in speed and strength
into a dynamic and climatic dance.
first version of Onibaba was presented in Mexico City and
Xalapa for International Solo Dance Festival in March 2000.
The second version was presented at Winchester Street
Theatre in Toronto for the Fringe Festival of Independent
Dance Artists in August 2000. The new full-length work is
now being presented in the Artword Alternative.
About the Performers
Meiko Ando, a
Toronto-based dancer and choreographer, graduated from
University of Waterloo with a BA in dance in 1987, studied
at Toronto Dance Theatre, and went to Tokyo to perform as a
Butoh dancer and to research Japanese traditional arts for
three years. Since returning to Toronto in 1993, she has
been an independent professional dancer / choreographer
participating in festivals and presenting her solo works at
theatres in Toronto, Tokyo, Montreal, Quebec, Mexico City
and Xalapa. Meiko explores new languages of choreography,
influenced by Butoh dance. She develops the relation of
movement with textures, light design and sculpture and
collaborates with musicians and visual artists. Her
choreography has a simple structure which submerges the
viewer in a surreal atmosphere of legends and rituals. She
is also inspired by rites of passage in Natures life
is a Quebec-based composer / guitarist who has experience in
soundtrack music for film, multimedia performances and
theatre. His musical playing style ranges from ambient
soundscapes to heavy tribal rhythms. He can be heard on such
films as Twisted Sheets, Tops and Bottoms, Rail Rushes and
CDs Sola and Difference.
Go Hirano, who
performs on violin, piano and percussion, contributed to the
composition. Tokyo-based, he composes film scores and
performs in the international new music and improvised music
a visual artist, developed and manipulates projections that
create a mysterious and changing environment for the
performers, and collaborated with Meiko on design.