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The world premiere of TAKE Dance’s SALARYMAN runs May 18-21 at Dance Theater Workshop

Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.
May 18–21, $25, 7:30

A Juilliard graduate who cut his teeth performing in the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Tokyo-born dancer-choreographer Takehiro Ueyama will lead his TAKE Dance troupe in its seventh New York City season this week, presenting the world premiere of Salaryman, its first full evening-length production. Born and raised in Tokyo, artistic director Ueyama is familiar with the plight of Japan’s salaried businessmen who toil through a repetitive daily cycle that rarely changes; in fact, he researched the work by interviewing many Japanese executives. The piece is choreographed for eleven dancers (Kristen Arnold, Jill Echo, John Eirich, Kile Hotchkiss, Gina Ianni, Clinton Edward Martin, Nana Tsuda Misko, Lynda Senisi, Kei Tsuruharatani, Marie Zvosec, and Ueyama), with film projections by Yuko Takebe, set design by Yukinobu Okazaki, costumes by Taylor Forrest, lighting by Jason Jeunnette, and music by Laurie Anderson, Joy Askew, Aun, Eve Beglarian, Michael Gordon, Boban Markovic! Orkestar, RC Succession, and violinist Ana Milosavljevic, who will play live. “My initial intention for Salaryman was to showcase Japan’s business landscape,” Ueyama explained in a statement. “Now, as the Japanese struggle to survive one of history’s largest catastrophes, I recognize that their innate loyalty and stringent norms are indicative of not just the corporate culture but of the Japanese community as a whole and will ultimately help the country thrive once again.”

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