NOTAWAY - Quest for Freedom
The work revisits an American classic with dance and a musical score by a quintessentially American artist. Dancers and musicians zero in on the universal human dilemma posed by Huckleberry Finn â€“ the urge to rebel against society and the need to adhere to its dictates. The novel’s rich detail, emotional expression, physical sensitivity, and humor provide the raw materials and inspiration. Dancers Oguri and Tamai compliment each other as melody and harmony. Tamai, a profoundly beautiful dancer, exudes naturalness and simple pleasure while Oguri, with his intense concentration, transforms himself to embody different characters. The presence of master trumpeter-composer Smith on stage is as important as his music. Skillfully, through his instrument, he delivers the sound and spirit that emanate from his body.