Azumabashi Dance Xing 2011

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Azumabashi Dance Xing 2011

That's 'Xing' as in 'Crossing', natch. Curator Keisuke Sakurai is renowned for his knowledge of the contemporary dance scene, and with the annual Azumabashi Dance Xing he provides a drive-by digest of some of the best bits. The pitch is simple: each performer or group is given just ten minutes to do their thing, offering audiences a tantalising soupcon of their schtick without demanding their undivided attention for too long. The lineup doesn't stop at dance, either: the straight-up hoofers on this year's bill (Masako Yasumoto, Bokudeath) are far outnumbered by musicians, theatre groups and artists, including Ichiro Endo, Sachiko M and Akuma no Shirushi.