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September 13, 1999

Pappa TARAHUMARA to Performat the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Sept. 26-27

Praise for Pappa TARAHUMARA:

"Pappa TARAHUMARA liberates theatre from the bonds of word and meaning that trapped it for so long."--Dance Magazine

"Blending voice, dance and insight: powerful, striking … it is art in its most basic form." --Tokyo Today

Combining visual art, dance, film, and music, Pappa TARAHUMARA will perform its newest dance theatre piece, "Spring Day," in the Dance Theatre of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 and Monday, Sept. 27.

The performance is directed and choreographed by Hiroshi Koike, founder of the company. Noted for his creativity and artistic innovation, he is revered by Japanese critics as one of the country's leading contemporary artists. These performances are part of Pappa TARAHUMARA's first U.S. tour.

Since its inception in 1982, the company has aimed to blend diverse activities using different mediums, creating a performance that is both striking and soothing with an Asian sense of time and motion. Pappa TARAHUMARA has performed more than 20 different pieces of "stage poetry." The group began touring overseas in the United Kingdom in 1991, and has since traveled throughout Europe.

"Spring Day" is loosely based on "Shunchu" (Spring Day) and "Shunchu Gokoku" (Spring Day Late Hour), novels written in the 1930s by Japanese author Izumi Kyoka. The dance explores how images created in spring and summer are ephemeral and are connected to the darker seasons to come. Other recent performances include "AO-Blue-" and "No Wing Bird in the Island."

Koike was born in 1956 and began his career as a television director. All the performances are original works and are characterized by mixed media used to express a questioning and critical attitude toward civilization.

Tickets for the performances are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. Reservations for a pre-performance dinner Monday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the Arts, are required. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.