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Sankai Juku | Utsushi – photo: Elian BachiniSankai Juku | Utsushi – photo: Elian Bachini
Laterna magika

Sankai Juku: Utsushi

In the poetic landscape of corporeality emanating visually arresting images.

The New Stage
Laterna fest

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    May 2024

    Wednesday 15. 5.

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    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission

    Dramaturgical introduction
    before the performance, beginning at 7:30 pm in the foyer of the New Stage (in Czech language).

    Introduction and programme

    In the poetic landscape of corporeality emanating visually arresting images.


    A unique dance and music composition about the body and nature – a ritual of beauty.
    In the poetic landscape of corporeality emanating visually arresting images.

    Utsushi is an artistically and thematically diverse production composed of excerpts from the major shows of Sankai Juku, a leading and globally renowned dance company. The showcase of Ushio Amagatsu’s choreographies created over more than thirty years includes key moments of the Japanese “flagship”. The Utsushi show mirrors life and nature in dance.    

    Roses of Sand (Shijima, 1988)
    Watch, Look (Toki, 2005)
    Hands of Darkness (Kinkan Shonen, 1978)
    Parallel Shift (Hibiki, 1998)
    Two Mirrors (Kagemi, 2000)
    Echoes (Kagemi 2000)
    Monads (Shijima 1988, Hiyomeki 1995, Yuragi 1993)

    The Japanese dance company Sankai Juku was founded in 1975 by choreographer Ushio Amagatsu from the second generation of Butoh dancers. Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno belong to the first, “post-Hiroshima” generation. The beginnings of the expressive Butoh dance date back to the 1960s, when it emerged as a response to the development of contemporary dance in Japan. The dancers sensitively embrace the environment and the world as a whole to shake the depth of life through dance.

    The world premiere was held at the CNCDC Châteauvallon, France, in July 2008.

    Creative team

    Direction, choreography, set design: Ushio AMAGATSU
    Assistance: SEMIMARU
    Music: YAS-KAZ, Yoichiro YOSHIKAWA
    Dancers: Sho TAKEUCHI, Akihito ICHIHARA, Ichiro HASEGAWA,
    Dai MATSUOKA, Norihito ISHII, Shunsuke MOMOKI
    Stage manager: Keiji MORITA
    Light design: Satoru SUZUKI
    Sound design: Junko MIYAZAKI

    Photo and video gallery


    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in April-September 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

    Parking at the National Theater

    While visiting The National Theatre and the New Stage you can use again the underground car park of the National Theatre. Information and a parking fee.


    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.