Dance Dive Week 2018

Maki Morishita, “Dancing all movements of Beethoven’s ‘Destiny’ Symphony No. 5”

“Destiny,” choreographed by four people for one dancer.

Beethoven’s “Destiny” Symphony No. 5 has been loved by people all over the world. Four choreographers and one dancer challenge this masterpiece of classical music that leaves a strong impression on anyone that listens to it.
The only dancer performing in this piece is Maki Morishita, who captured the Kitakyushu audiences in her work “Doko wo doubutsu ru” (2016/2017).
The four choreographers are MIKIKO, Mirai Moriyama, Naoki Ishikawa, and Akira Kasai – exceptionally talented individuals that lead our generation.
Do not miss the never-before-seen “Destiny” created by them.


Maki Morishita

Morishita’s dance is rooted in a play she invented to make friends in her childhood when she had to change schools several times due to her father’s job. After starting her solo career in 2003, she has performed in more than thirty cities in ten countries. She has also been collaborating with artists in different fields. In 2013, she won the 8th Japan Dance Forum Award with her work “Sabi kara deta mi (Fruit borne out of rust)” with Tabaimo, a contemporary visual artist. In 2016, Morishita founded a new company, Morishita Stand, seeking for more experimental challenges with young dancers. She conducts workshops and creates with amateurs, in accordance with her motto: “One hundred people, one hundred colors.” Her unpredictable and magical world emerges from a unique “Ma (break)” in her work, and instantly captures the audience’s attention.


Movement 1: MIKIKO (director and choreographer)

MIKIKO leads her dance company, ELEVENPLAY. She has choreographed and directed the live performances of Perfume and BABYMETAL, and has choreographed numerous music videos, commercial videos, and stage performances. She is also highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally in the field of media art and has collaborated with creators across the multiple genres as a director with the techniques to turn new technologies into a form of entertainment.

Movement 2: Mirai Moriyama (actor and dancer)

Born on August 20, 1984 in Hyogo, Moriyama has built his career as an actor in various fields such as film, theatrical play, and TV drama. He stayed in Israel for one year beginning in the fall of 2013 as a Japan Cultural Envoy, and conducted various activities in Europe while participating in the Israeli dance company Inbal Pinto & Avashalom Pollak. Lately, he has been active in the field of dance and has broadened his world by going beyond the categories of theater and dance.
Mirai Moriyama Official Web Site

Movement 3: Naoki Ishikawa (photographer)

Born in 1977 in Tokyo, Ishikawa is a photographer and earned his Ph.D. from the Tokyo University of the Arts. His interests lie in anthropology, and folklore. Ishikawa has been traveling to various places from remote areas to urban metropolises as he continues to present his works. He received the Newcomer's Award from the Photographic Society of Japan, the Kodansha Publishing Culture Award for his "NEW DIMENSION" (AKAAKA Art Publishing) and "POLAR" (Little More), and the Domon Ken Award for "CORONA" (Seidosha). He has published numerous books, including "The Last Adventurer" (Shueisha), which received the Kaiko Takeshi Non-Fiction Award.

Movement 4: Akira Kasai (Butoh dancer and choreographer)

In the 1960s, Kasai developed his friendship with Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ono and did numerous solo performances in Tokyo and other areas. He organized a Butoh company called Tenshikan in the 70s, and trained many Butoh dancers. Kasai studied Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy and eurythmy theories in Germany between 1979 and 1985. After returning to Japan, he stayed out of Butoh for 15 years, but returned to the stage with the work "Seraphita." Since then, he has performed several works domestically and internationally. He conducted a world tour with his representative work "Kafun Kakumei (Pollen Revolution)," and has created works in Berlin, Rome, and New York.

Simultaneous Event

“Naoki Ishikawa – Capturing the Map of Light on this Planet”

The exhibition of a photographer, Naoki Ishikawa, who tried dance choreography for the first time with this stage, will be open at the same time.
[Dates] Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, November 4
10:00-18:00 (last admission at 17:30) *No holidays during the exhibition
[Venue and contact] Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art Riverwalk Gallery (Riverwalk Kitakyushu 5th floor)
TEL. 093-562-3215
For details

Special information

Dance New Air 2018 Linked Program

As a linked program of “Dance New Air 2018” taking place in in Aoyama, Tokyo this fall, this performance program seeks to extend the circle of contemporary dance.

Dance New Air 2018
October 3 – 14, 2018
Biennial dance festival that colors Aoyama with dance for 10 days!
Venue: Spiral Hall, Sogetsu Hall, Sogetu Plaza, Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Theater Image Forum and more
Participating artists: Ikuyo Kuroda, Lucy Guerin, Rachid Ouramdane, Saiko Kino, Yuki Kobayashi, BLUE TOKYO, Paula Roselen and more

【 Special Reward 】
With 5 tickets (1 “Destiny” ticket and 4 DNA2018 program tickets (performance, dance film screening etc.)), you will obtain a special festival T-shirt designed by mina perhonen.


Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center
Tel 093-562-2655(10:00-19:00)
※Telephone assistance is in Japanese only


Organized by Kitakyushu City Foundation for Promoting Arts and Culture
Co-organized by Kitakyushu City
Collaborated with Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art
Cooperated with Dance New Air 2018
Funded by Agency for Cultural Affair Subsidy to Promote Art and Culture(Gekijyo Ongakudo tou Kinou Kyoka Suishin Jigyo ), and Japan Arts Council


Shogekijo Playhouse
September 22-23, 2018
Saturday, September 22 14:00
Sunday, September 23 14:00

* Post-performance talk by Maki Morishita and Naoki Ishikawa

※Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.


General seating only
Adult:3,000 yen
Youth:1,500 yen(under 24 years old with valid ID)
High School:1,000 yen(limited number at theater ticket office;advance sales only, with valid ID)
※Children must be above preschool age.

Ticket sale date

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ticket sale

Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center
Online ticket(except 3:00-4:00 AM)
Ticket office(10:00-19:00)
Tel 093-562-8435(10:00-17:00/weekdays only)

Ticket Pia
0570-02-9999(P code:487-200)
Lawson Ticket
0570-084-008(L code:81719)

Walk-up Ticket Information

Online Sale 10:00-11:00 on the performance day
Ticket counter at the performance venue in 1 hour prior to the performance

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