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The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood

Suguru Yamamoto:
The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood

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Japan Society January 10 - January 14, 2020

333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017


Director/Playwright: Suguru Yamamoto
Performer: Wataru Kitao
Stage Manager: Hideo Kobayashi
Sound Designer: Junko Miyazaki
Lighting Designer: Yuki Mori
Video Designer: Takaki Sudo

Back by popular demand after his North American debut of Girl X in 2017 at Japan Society, Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan's hottest young playwright-directors and founder of theater company HANCHU-YUEI, returns with his latest one-man dance theater piece. THE UNKOWN DANCER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD features Yamamoto's signature directing style, in which characters’ thoughts are conveyed through projected words, alluding to the millennial generation's preferred mode of communication—texting. Blending movement, photography, and colorful lighting, Yamamoto reveals the indifference and tenderness of a metropolis where the lives of complete strangers continuously interact and coalesce.


Performed in Japanese with supertitles in English.

Run Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Header and Featured image: photo by Ryuichiro Suzuki


Tickets start at $35, plus fees
Public Supporter tickets start at $30


With his stark and evocative work... young Tokyo-based writer/director Suguru Yamamoto fuses these dualities, not only into the form of a solitary dancer but also into the abstract/concrete world of the modern city.

- Dance Magazine
It searches for meaning in tiny moments between characters that can be either funny or devastating.

- Sydney Scoop
Challenged my own understanding of 'hope'....

- Thomas Baudinette