A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Sankai Juku makes a rare LA appearance this weekend. / Image courtesy of CAP UCLA

Over the course of the past 35 years, the work of Ushio Amagatsu for his company Sankai Juku has become known worldwide for its elegance, refinement, technical precision and emotional depth. His contemporary Butoh creations are sublime visual spectacles and deeply moving theatrical experiences. As one of the premier choreographers at work in the world today, the arrival of a work by Amagatsu is a much-anticipated event in the North American dance landscape.

Sankai Juku returns to Los Angeles with its latest creation “Umusuna – Memories Before History.” This exquisite work evokes the essence of duality and unity encapsulated in the Japanese characters for “birth” and “earth” that combine to form the work’s title.

Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of free tickets to the show on either Friday, Oct. 16, or Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Please email editor@culturespotla.com with Sankai Juku in the subject line and your choice of date in the body of the email.

Royce Hall is located at 340 Royce Drive, LA 90095. Tickets are $29-$89 and can be purchased at cap.ucla.edu, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (310) 825-2101 or in person at the UCLA Central Ticket Office located in the southwest corner of the James West Alumni Center. Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are offered at $15 one hour before show time to all students with valid ID. UCLA faculty and staff tickets are $25 while supplies last. More info at https://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/details/sankai_juku_2.