The most important Japanese company of contemporary dance presents La Bayadere in Bucharest and Sibiu

Oana Vasiliu 29/03/2017 | 12:01

For the first time in Romania, at the initiative of Japan Foundation, with the support of the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and the Art Production Foundation, the JTI Encounters hosts in Bucharest and Sibiu the most important Japanese company of contemporary dance. 

Noism will perform on March 30, at 19.00, at the stage of the Bucharest National Theatre, the performance La Bayadere – Nation of Illusion, a commemorative story passed down beyond memory and history. The tour will be continued in Sibiu, where two performances will take place, The Match Seller’s Tale and passacaglia, on April 5 and 6, as a preview of the International Theatre Festival (FITS 2017).

Noism was established in 2004 by the artist Jo Kanamori, as the first professional dance company following the European theatrical tradition. Jo Kanamori, Artistic Director of Noism, has studied under Maurice Bejart at L’ecole-Atelier Rudra Bejart School in Lausanne. He performed as a member of the Netherlands Dance Theatre, the Lyon National Opera Ballet in France and the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden. Kanamori returned to Japan in 2002. His first self-produced project, „no-mad-ic project – 7 fragments in memory” was honoured with the Third Asahi Performing Arts Awards in 2003. Kanamori directed Bartok’s opera works, Bluebeard’s Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin. He has been presented numerous awards and in 2008 was the recipient of the prestigious Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Award in Japan.

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In early summer 2016, Jo Kanamori has staged La Bayadere – Nation of Illusion, an adaptation of the masterpiece of classical ballet La Bayadere, using perfect physical expression and multi-layered story-telling. Dramatist/Director Oriza Hirata, boldly adapted for Noism this tragic story  „…this piece had not yet been produced by any of the great choreographers of the 20th century…”, says Jo Kanamori. Costumes and stage art for La Bayadere have been created by contemporary professionals who are active in various fields. La Bayadere is performed by 20 dancers in total, which are: Noism1, the core performing group of Noism, and Noism2, group of dancers in training, as well as guest actors from Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Noism’s La Bayadere has successfully got a great response from the audience as it has been sublimated the original into work that face issues of the modern society such as history, religion and ethnic groups. The set, costumes and woodworking were placed variously in the hands of the architect, Tsuyoshi Tane, the designer, Yoshiyuki Miyamae (ISSEY MIYAKE), and the furnituremaker, Masaki Kondo, all of whom have previously cooperated with Noism. The music was based on the original score by Ludwig Minkus with additional music provided by Yasuhiro Kasamtasu in his first involvement with Noism.

The tickets are available at the Agency of the Bucharest National Theatre, in the Eventim network (Orange, Vodafone, Germanos, Carrefour shops, OMV gas stations, Cărtureşti, Humanitas book stores, Diverta) and online at and and costs from RON 70 to RON 200.

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