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7Feb/12

TAKE DANCE: SALARYMAN

TAKE Dance’s SALARYMAN is back for a return engagement at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

Baruch Performing Arts Center, Nagelberg Theater
17 Lexington Ave. at 23rd St.
February 8-11, $20, 7:30
866-811-4111
www.takedance.org
www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac

If you missed its world premiere at Dance Theater Workshop last year, you now have another chance to catch TAKE Dance’s Salaryman, the New York-based company’s first full evening-length production, running February 8-11 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. A Juilliard graduate who cut his teeth performing in the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Tokyo-born dancer-choreographer Takehiro 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, inspired by the song “Salaryman” by the late Japanese rock star and actor Kiyoshiro Imawano, 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 (primarily business suits) by Taylor Forrest, lighting by Jason Jeunnette, and music by Joy Askew, Aun, Eve Beglarian, Michael Gordon, Boban Markovic! Orkestar, RC Succession, and others, with live violin by composer Ana Milosavljevic. “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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