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San Francisco International Arts Festival Presents... The U.S. Premier of Laughing Frame by Baobab Japan

San Francisco, CA, April 06, 2018 --( Calendar Editors Please Note
Who: Baobab (Japan)
What: San Francisco International Arts Festival
Where: Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture @ Fire House
When: Friday, June, 19:30pm; Saturday, June 2, 5:00pm; Sunday, June 3, 4:00pm
Duration: 30 min (Shared bill with STEAMROLLER. Total program 70 min with intermission.)
Tickets: $20 General Admission
Box Office & Information: or 415-399-9554
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Laughing Frame is one of Baobab’s signature pieces and has been performed many times in the company’s native Japan, but this is the first time they are debuting their performance in the states. Choreographer Wataru Kitao’s intention is to illustrate a dance as a picture and a genre as a picture frame. The dancers struggle to get out of the frame to be free. The performance utilizes a giant frame during their performance and is incorporated into almost every dance.

Alejandro, SFIAF intern said, "Baobab's dancers have incredible moves, that is heavily influenced by Japan, it is genuinely expressive, with modern contemporary feel."

It reminds him of demon statues from Japan, the ones are alone that can sometimes give you a feeling of wanting to know more history and background.

Director Wataru Kitao established Baobab in 2009. For each work, Kitao casts suitable dancers and actors regardless of career or features. "Sometimes they are talking, singing, laughing a lot and often crying." Baobab has strong energy and describes not only the body but also human character. Baobab holds a performance event and workshops several times in a year. In the workshop, they introduce their creative style and choreograph for any kind of people including dancers, actors without dancing career and student. Baobab holds own festivals “DANCE×Scrum!!!” for young choreographers contains some young dance company or dancer and make a relationship with another performer and introduce them to the audience.
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Andrew Wood
Cell Phone: 415-305-1102

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