by Paula Citron
The 6th biennial CanAsian International Dance Festival is heady stuff. Artistic director Denise Fujiwara keeps sharpening her acumen when it comes to programming, and her latest offering is rich in diversity. The styles include Peking opera, Japanese butoh, north Indian kathak, south Indian bharatanatyam, and Korean. The performers come from Toronto, Montreal, New York, Tokyo and Berlin. Every piece on the program is supremely satisfying in some way.
Toronto should also take a bow here. Because of the city’s multicultural bias, audiences bring with them a perspective that views CanAsian dance as something more familiar than exotic. Because immigrant artists have exposed us to their dances, we have garnered a greater appreciation of CanAsian art that helps inform these performances, particularly seeing traditional and contemporary CanAsian dance side by side.
Besides the mainstage performances at Premiere Dance Theatre, there is also a 7 pm butoh show by the Berlin based cokaseki at the Brigantine Room.
The CanAsian International Dance Festival continues until Saturday.
I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.