Yokohama Arts Foundation Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting (YPAM) 2022-A new Asian contemporary dance born from Taiwanese indigenous songs and rituals will appear for the first time in Japan!

Yokohama Arts Foundation
Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting (YPAM) 2022-A new Asian contemporary dance born from the songs and rituals of Taiwan’s indigenous people will appear for the first time in Japan!
December 3, 2022 (Sat) KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater -Hall-

Walking through the moonlight and mountain fog, singing voices that stir the soul, and the appearance of pure labor of the body–that is the most true form of “human”.
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Photo by Lafun Photography
“LUNA” is a choreographer from the Paiwan tribe who has created contemporary expressions from the culture of the indigenous people of Taiwan after working with Cloud Gate (Taiwan) and Martha Graham Dance Company (New York).・Pagalafa traveled to Luluna, the largest Bunun village in Taiwan, located at an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level, together with various indigenous and Han Chinese mixed dancers, and performed beautiful songs, which are considered Taiwanese cultural assets, and danced the day. This is a dance work that was created by researching traditions such as the “Senko no Utage,” in which people shout out the results of their hunts in powerful voices.
For his achievements, he “searched for contemporary language and mannerisms in the physicality and tribal ceremonies of indigenous peoples, re-sampled them, and enriched the substance of contemporary dance from the perspective of the existence of ‘humans’ as a starting point.” , won the annual Grand Prix at the 17th Taishin Art Awards (2019).
Don’t miss the overwhelming physical expression by the Braleyan Dance Company, which unleashes a deep dialogue with nature, history, and oneself!
Brarayan Dance Company (Bura Zuiyang Dance Company) “LUNA”
Choreography: Braleyan Pagalafa
Costume Advisor: Lin Binghao
Lighting: Li Jianchan
Video: Shu Yi Chun
Dancers: Aul Jiburangan, Jirijiryau Chalzarum, Kundwa Takio, Siyan Sawawan, Liai Kito, Awi Pawan, Chen Shenzi
Guest Dancers: Zhou Tingwei, Zhou Yulei, Zhou Zhangjie
Braleyan Dance Company
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Established in Taitung in 2015 by Taiwanese aboriginal choreographer Braleyan Pagalafa. Through working in the mountains, chanting on the shore, fieldwork, and constantly digging into the traditional culture within himself, he creates unique movements and idioms. Received the 16th Taishin Awards Performing Arts Award (2018) for “Nothing, or Is It a Drunken Name” and the 17th Annual Grand Prize (2019) for “LUNA”. In addition to various parts of Taiwan, he has toured the United States, Canada, Singapore, Beijing, and Hong Kong.
Bularayan Pagalafa
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A Paiwan tribe from Taitung Jialan District. At the age of 15, he took the Chinese name “Kaku Junmei” and left his hometown to go to school. While studying dance at Taipei University of the Arts, he changed his name back to his Paiwan tribal name, and joined Cloud Gate (Cloud Gate Dance Collection) after graduating. In 1998, studied in New York as an ACC Fellow. Invited to work as a choreographer for Cloud Gate, Martha Graham Dance Company, etc., and has been highly acclaimed internationally. In 2015, he returned to his hometown of Taitung and established the Braleyan Dance Company.
Venue: KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater -Hall- (28 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa)
Date and time: December 3, 2022 (Sat) 18:30 start
Fee: General 3,500 yen / YPAM registrants 1,500 yen
Ticket handling: YPAM website (
*Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Preschool children are not allowed to enter. If you are looking for a wheelchair seat, please contact the YPAM secretariat below.
*Please see for YPAM registration. At KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, the sponsored performance will be held with thorough measures to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection. Please be sure to check the “Requests to Visitors” on the theater website before visiting.
Organizer: Yokohama International Performing Arts Meeting Executive Committee (Kanagawa Arts Foundation, Yokohama Arts Foundation, International Performing Arts Exchange Center)
Co-sponsored by: Ministry of Culture, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Taiwan Cultural Center, National Foundation for Arts and Culture ARTWAVE – Taiwan International Arts Network Cooperation: Yokohama Chinatown Development Association
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