Contemporary Japanese Mai dancer Shizuno Nasu Coming February 9

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Spiral Vision, a contemporary Japanese dance that explores the balance and harmonies of the Earth’s natural elements, will debut at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7 pm. Ticket info below.

Shizuno Nasu was born in Osaka, Japan and began her classical ballet training at the age of 3. She was chosen as an exchange student with the Bolshoi Ballet at the age of 7 and made her debut as a professional dancer at the age of 19. She has won high praise in Europe, Asia, and in U.S.A. Seeking a deeper understanding of dance, she started exploring ancient Japanese mythological and traditional dances in search of an answer. Focusing on the foundational forms of traditional Japanese dances, Shizuno undertook a multi-year pilgrimage, performing throughout Japan, deepening a sense of spirit and refining her skills on the art of Mai—a specific style of traditional Japanese dance which emphasizes repetitive body movements that are done elegantly and with beauty.

“The Spiral Vision” technique was created as a new style that requires the performer to let go of any fear of falling and to approach the ultimate dance expression in an un-selfconscious state. Those who have attended the annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival in Kamuela may have seen Shizuno perform on the Kahilu stage as a soloist. This full stage production of Spiral Vision will be her first attempt at performing this style of dance with a group of her own company dancers on the Big Island.

In 2010, she established her “Shizuno Nasu Ma i Dance Studio” in Volcano, as a base of her creation. She has set to work on a new dance method, “Origin of Life,” being inspired by the majestic nature of Hawaiʻi, receiving “Moments of Precious Life” from the four elements: Fire, Water, Wind and Earth and refining her identity with her purity toward dance. Through dance, she hopes to contribute to an international exchange that bridges Hawaiʻi and Japan.

If You Go

What: Spiral Vision
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7 pm
Where: Kahilu Theatre
Admission:  $65/$45/$25
Information: Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela

Photos courtesy of the Kahilu Theatre.

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