The Swan Hymn – Ken Mai Butoh 白鳥の賛歌
Date and timeThu 7.10.2021, at 7:00 p.m.
This work is inspired by Anna Pavlova's The Dying Swan. It premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1905 and was choreographed by Mikhail Fokine.
This original work was a short classical ballet piece but Ken Mai has created innovative and contemporary way of feature-length work based on butoh with prayer. And with the assistant of a ballet dancer, it is a work that further integrates the elements of butoh and classical ballet to achieve such graceful contrast.
A poetic representation of the surrealistic world where reality and fantasy integrates expressing anguish, joy, love, death, hymn, and sacred the phenomenon with the mythical elements of swans that unfold between life and death.
The moment when beauty and ugliness overlap and darkness and lightness integrate leads the soul to ecstasy entering the world of eternity.
Duration: approx. 45 min
Age recommendation: not recommended for children
The performance is speechless.