Sankai Juku – “Kagemi”
Pallas Theatre |

In December 2011 they will present “Kagemi”. One more creation of its founder, Ushio Amagatsu. “Kagemi” was first presented in 2000 in the Théâtre De la Ville, and its premiere performance was held in 2001 in Japan. Following, the show was hosted in theaters and international festivals of many cities in Japan and France, and the audience had the chance to enjoy it in great theaters such as the New Sadler’s Wells in London, the Théâtre du Passage in Neuchatel in Switzerland, Dansens Hus in Stockholm, the Volkstheater in Vienna. Then, the group performed in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Seoul, Sao Paolo and Puerto Rico.
The group Sankai Juku Dance was established in the year 1975 by Ushio Amagatsu, who belongs to the second generation of Butoh dancers. Since 1981, France and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, are places of creation and work of the group. For Amagatsu, Butoh is not just a technique or a style, but the expression of a comprehensive body language that explores the depth of human existence in order to uncover the common to all people universal peace, even if its methods are particularly hard even raw. The choreographyies of Amagatsu gave Butoh a clearer image. Strength in every expression, every gesture, every move and emotion is based on the primary elements of the world, so as to be able to demonstrate a passionate view of life, death and universality.
Before Butoh, Amagatsu studied in the Classic and Modern Dance School in Tokyo. Sankai Juku, begun as a male group, performing in avant-garde small theatres in Tokyo. The group was first time invited in Europe in 1980, for the Festival of Nancy and from that moment an international career all over the world started up.
Butoh triggered the establishment of a radical point of view about Japanese dance. It’s a code of dance expression that showed up in Japan in the late 50s as an opposition of young people to the post-war tendency of approaching the American model, despite the still fresh experience of nuclear holocaust at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The show
With white flowers of lotus as a background, seven dancers, dressed in white, overriding the borderline between activity and inactivity through their seductive, elliptic movements, perform on stage 7 similar but not identical sequences, since each of them seems to emerge from the previous one: the title may be analysed as “to see and to be seen”, which is even more perceptible by the iconography created through movements, referring to shadows and mirrors, while the presence of water (on stage and as sound) is referring to mirages.

TICKET PRICES: 30€, 40€, 45€, 50€, 55€, 60€


Voukourestiou 5, Athens 210 3213100
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December 1, 2 & 3 at 19:00 pm

Boukourestiou 5, Athens

Contact Details
210 3213100

Box Office Opening Hours
Monday-Saturday: 09.00-20.00
Sunday: 12.00-20.00


By Bus/Trolleybus
The Pallas Theater is situated close to Kriezotou station on Panepistimiou street and to Acadimia station on Academias street, where a lot of bus and trolleybus lines also pass.

By Metro
The Pallas Theatre is also very close to the Μetro stations Sintagma (Line 2) and Panepistimio (Line 1).

By Taxi
The neighbouring streets of Amerikis, Stadiou and Panepistimiou provide easy access to taxi services. There is also a Taxi-stand at Stintagma square.

People with special needs
All theatre spaces offer easy access for persons with special needs. During the renovation, special lifts were placed to the right of the main entrance. Access is from Boukourestiou Street. People with special needs can watch the performances from the Orchestra Pit.

In the surrounding area there are many private car parks and municipal parking system regulations apply to the side-streets.

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