WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) and Solo from LIGHT, Part 8
The 2018 Winter Festival opens with legendary Japanese performer Kei Takei, who returns to the United States with her company Moving Earth Orient Sphere for the first time in 17 years, presenting two works supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission that showcase the choreographer's sustained synthesis of American and Japanese modern dance styles. First is the U.S. premiere of LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) (2015) — a choreographic meditation on sacrifice that depicts the archetypal cycle of life and death through the image of the blossoming of bamboo flowers (which occurs as infrequently as once a century). As the bloom is immediately followed by the death of that generation of bamboo, Takei's performance draws parallels to the human theme of endless sacrifice of tribe, community, and individual to ensure the continuity of future generations.