Yerba Buena Center
Dramatic and precisely articulated with occasionally disturbing imagery, butoh rose from the ashes of nuclear war in 1960s Japan and grew into a performance art that reflects anguish as well as a time-halting sense of transcendance. Internationally known butoh troupe Sankai Juku is coming to Yerba Buena Center this week to present the local premiere of its landmark work, the deeply-felt and visually spectacular Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away. Butoh fans, rejoice.
Bangladeshi-British choreographer Akram Khan pulls dancers from an expansive array of backgrounds - China, Korea, India, Slovakia, South Africa and Spain - to perform quick yet thoughtful meditations on living in a global community. (That said, meditation is rarely this acrobatic.) Bahok, the work being performed at Yerba Buena Center tonight and Saturday, was originally a collaboration between the Akram Khan Company and the National Ballet of China, depicting an airport with a crew of stranded travelers from around the world, trying to communicate with each other as they await their fate. The title of the piece is the Bengali word for "carrier" and bahok investigates the ways in which the body carries cultural identity and a sense of inclusion.