Every production of this world-renowned butoh troupe contains mesmerizing images of extraordinary beauty.

The Seattle Times

World Stage
Sankai Juku
Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land
Directed, choreographed, and designed
by Ushio Amagatsu

A majestic stone wall carved with fossils of sea lilies overlooks a sand-dusted stage, where eight dancers from this internationally renowned butoh company enter into a sublime dialogue with gravity. Meguri is a meditative visual poem by Ushio Amagatsu, Sankai Juku’s acclaimed artistic director, that reflects on the passage of time through imagery and movement inspired by the ebb and flow of water, and the cycle of the earth’s seasons. “At its core, each Sankai Juku production draws the audience together with the performers into a powerful human experience” (The Seattle Times).

Approximate run time of this performance is 90 minutes without intermission

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]