Dance New Air (DNA) is a biennial dance festival taking place in the Aoyama area of Tokyo that showcases the present and future of dance. In 2021, the festival will again bring together artists with a sensitivity to society who offer fresh new perspectives.
Quickening the heartbeat, dance unleashes the emotions. From prayer and desire to joy and sorrow, people have danced to express their emotions since ancient times. In the same fundamental way as DNA, dance may well be rooted deeply in our bodies. Transcending time, contemporary artists attune themselves to the age in which they live, continually evolving in response.
Dance New Air 2020->21 takes as its theme “Ecology of the Body and Society”. Together with the tumultuous changes in the natural and social environments that surround us, fragmentation is occurring among people in different places. Basing our lives in society, how will we live in the future? It is this question, suddenly and unequivocally manifesting itself, on which the gaze and thoughts of each artist converge.
Six dance artists/groups from Japan and overseas will perform at six venues centered in the Aoyama area of Tokyo, including satellite venues in Tamachi and Kitasenju. In addition, an assortment of other programs will be on offer, including showcases by young artists, performance in context of an art exhibition, dance film screenings at a movie theater, a dance book fair at a bookstore, and the popular DANCE&NURSERY!! workshop for parents and children. Dance has the power to expand thinking by turning our attention to what surrounds us. Through the works it introduces, Dance New Air aims to find hints and hope for the future, becoming a festival that opens new doors both for people encountering dance for the first time as well as those deeply involved in dance.
Dance New Air Organizing Committee
Dance Nippon Associates