2007 Media Release - Jazz:NOW
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Issued Monday, 20 August 2007
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS NOT QUITE RIGHT
Presented in association with Strange Kinoko Dance Company.
Explore the bizarre world of Tokyo’s Strange Kinoko Dance Company with their super cute show not quite right. Notions of time, space and scale will be put to the test inside The Studio when artistic director Chie Ito brings the company to Sydney for the first time.
Strange Kinoko’s unique style of dance savours the minimal pleasures of the diversity of daily life. An all-female company, the dancers flow nimbly and swiftly around the stage with natural postures, finding a dance in each place and body part.
In not quite right, five performers jump, slide and dance around a crazy selection of furniture by Melbourne designer Justin Caleo. Table tops are tilted, chair legs differ in length and it’s all the wrong scale to help the audience see the domestic from a different perspective.
Chie Ito founded Strange Kinoko Dance Company in 1990 with fellow graduates from Nihon University. The company’s fundamental objective is to study dance with the aim of grasping the art form from different angles and establishing an original style of presentation.
Ito choreographed her first dance at the age of 18 with her most notable work Frill being performed in Tokyo, New York, Paris, Bangkok and Delhi. In 2003 she worked as an assistant on the world premiere of Philippe Decoufle’s IRIS.
not quite right is great fun for all ages with a hot soundtrack of lounge, swing, jazz, Hollywood classics and Japanese pop. With music by Ammakasie Noka, the performers spice up the normality of everyday life with a pinch of dance. This project was developed through the Australia – Japan Dance Exchange 2006 with a grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Foundation.
SEASON DETAILS: not quite right
Dates/Times: Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 September at 8.15pm. Thursday at 6.30pm
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: All tickets $30 / groups of 4 or more $20 per person
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com Duration: 60 minutes
P.S. If you’re single or just stuck with a partner who’d rather stay home and watch the footy, then don’t miss the Studio Social for not quite right on Thursday, September 27. Hosted by international party hopper Annabel Lines, guests will meet other like-minded people 45 minutes before the show and hang out in the bar afterwards.