La MaMa Presents Dancing For Japan 2014

Kensaku Shinohara and friends

By Ka Yee Chan

On May 7, La MaMa presented Dancing For Japan 2014. Dancing For Japan is an organization founded by New York Japanese dance artists whose purpose is to give a hand to the victims of the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake and Tsunami.

Kensaku Shinohara and friends

Even though three long years have passed, the situations of the victims remain uneasy and restless. It is the mission of Dancing For Japan to unite the Japanese artists in New York in order to spread the word across the world, and convey their love and support to the devastated victims.

Haruka Tamura

Dancing For Japan 2014 is composed of many genres of contemporary dances and performances. There were many emotions, which make great connection with the audience. The show has nine individual performances aiming for the same mission.

Masumi Kishimoto

It began with:
Megumi Eda- Beautiful Boy
Kensaku Shinohara- massmess, MathTome
Haruka Tamura- Losing Lipstick in Moment
Masumi Kishimoto- Came into View
Daisuke Omiya/id-product, s#1988, 1Room, 1P
Binbinfactory/Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa, Study of Tandem Walk
Abarukas, The Master
TAKE Dance, The Last News/ Excerpt from “ Somewhere Familiar Melodies”
Senri Oe, Piano

Senri Oe

Each of the performances has their own style and meaning behind it. The innovative and creative choreographies open the eyes of the audience. The hard work is shown from the staffs, performers, choreographers, and music directors. It is the time to show our support to the victims of the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake and Tsunami. Tonight the Dancing For Japan 2014 also presents a silent auction and all profits will be contributed to Japan through the NPO JaNet Earthquake Relief Fund. For more information for La MaMa’s current and future events, please visit:

Daisuke Omiya

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