Cross Transit


Akiko Kitamura's Cross Transit “vox soil”

Where there is no common language, gestures and breath, even meaningless sounds become the rhythm of conversation.

Cross Transit was started in 2015 by the dancer/choreographer Akiko Kitamura and creates experimental works inspired by the artists and culture she encounters during her research of traditional dance, music, rituals, and martial arts in various regions of south and south-east Asia. The latest work is “vox soil”.

Any place has its own pulse-a heartbeat, a rhythm-that is tied to the land, the soil. It is an innate pulse that is passed down from generation to generation through the daily life, music, and rituals of a particular place. The rhythm in the northeastern state of Manipur, India, is a slower one, and it was here that Akiko encountered the composer/musician Mayanglambam Mangangsana. It was also here that she rediscovered the richness of dialogue embodied with this inherited rhythm.

These local rhythms are absorbed, pulsate, and bring forth memories that unite the heart, mind, and body. When these different pulses from different places come together, mix, and melt into one, they surpass any particular culture, language, or nationality. They become the seeds that bloom into “The Future Asia.”

“vox soil” is an experimental work incorporating these different pulses from within Asia. In addition to Mangangsana from India and dancers from Japan, it also includes Luluk Ari from Indonesia and Chy Ratana from Cambodia.

Large Studio, Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT)

281 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

*Doors Open 30minutes before the show starts.

Friday, Oct. 12
*There is a Post-Show Talk featuring Akira Shirai, Artistic Director at Kanagawa Arts Theatre, and Akiko Kitamura.

Saturday, Oct. 13
1pm / 6:30pm
*There is a Post-Show Talk after this soiree featuring Akiko Kitamura, Mayanglambam Mangangsana and Hiroaki Yokoyama.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Ticket Prices:
Regular - 4,000 yen
Under 24 - 2,000 yen
Students - 1,000 yen
*Reserved seating.
*Valid ID must be presented for discounts.

Online Ticket Booking:

Small Hall, Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre (MPAC)

3-10-1 Fukashi, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture

*Doors Open 30minutes before the show starts.

Saturday, Oct. 20
*There is a Post-Show Talk featuring Akiko Kitamura and Mayanglambam Mangangsana.

Ticket Prices:
Regular - 3,500 yen
Under 25 - 2,000 yen
*Reserved seating.
*Valid ID must be presented for discounts.

Artistic Director / Choreographer / Dancer: Akiko Kitamura
Dramaturge / Composer / Musician: Mayanglambam Mangangsana (Manipur, India)
Choreographer / Dancer: Ippei Shiba, Yuka Seike, Yuki Nishiyama, Llon Kawai, Ferena Kagata, Chy Ratana (Amrita Performing Arts, Cambodia), Luluk Ari (Solo Dance Studio, Indonesia)
Musician: Yoshie Abe (Kodo)
Music Director / Sound Operator: Hiroaki Yokoyama (agehasprings)
Set & Graphic Design: Akihiko Kaneko
Technical Direction / Lighting Design: Yuji Sekiguchi (balance, inc.DESIGN)
Costume Design: Kyoko Domoto
Production Management: Satoshi Fukuoka (Catalyst), Noriko Chiba (KAAT)
Publicity Photos: Hiroyasu Daido
Website Directions: Sayo Nakayama
Co-Organized by: Office ALB, Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Matsumoto City Foundation for the Arts and Cultural Promotion
Sponsored by: Japan Arts Council, The Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration by The Japan Foundation Asia Center

Akiko Kitamura
Artistic Director/Choreographer / Dancer
Akiko Kitamura was born in 1970 in Tokyo. Learning ballet and street dance in her youth, she studied dance theory at Waseda University and stayed in Germany for one year as a research fellow through the Agency for Cultural Affairs Overseas Study Program.
Since 2001 Akiko Kitamura has taught at Shinshu University, Nagano, as an associate professor of the Faculty of Arts. Also in 2001, she was invited to the Bates Dance Festival to create two short pieces: a group piece and a solo work, Face-Mix, which attracted great attention and won her recognition in the U.S.
In 2003, she was invited to the American Dance Festival (ADF) to create a short piece titled Enact Oneself, which was chosen as one of the best dance pieces of the year in North Carolina. In 2005, at the request of the Group Motion Dance Company of Philadelphia, she made and premiered Rondo in Philadelphia. In 2007, she made a commissioned work named “Blind Trip”-SKIN Project for ACE Dance and Music in Birmingham, UK, and toured 20 cities in the UK during the 2007/2008 season. In 2011, she created ICE for the same company, and it toured during the 2011/2012 season.
She began an international collaboration, To Belong, with Indonesian artists in 2011. To Belong-cyclonicream- was premiered in Japan and Singapore in 2013 and 2014. To Belong-Suwung- was performed at the Dance New Air festival 2014 and at Geothe Haus in Jakata, and Teater Besar ISI-SURAKARTA, in Indonesia. In 2015 she started the Cross Transit project. The latest installment, vox soil, premiered in Tokyo in March 2018.

Mayanglambam Mangangsana
Dramaturg/Composer / Musician
Born in a poor urban family, Mangangsana started learning Manipuri traditional Pena music at a very young age under the guidance of Oja Leimapokpam Yaima and continued learning under various teachers such as Oja Thongam Thoiba (Pena), Oja Khangembam Mangi (Pena), Oja Thongam Goshe (Khunung Eshei), Oja Ngangom Ebopishak (Folk ensemble), and Ema Langathel Thoinu (Moirang Sai).
He performed for the first time in the Republic Day Celebration in 1978 at Imphal and participated in many Lai-haraoba ritual festivals and other cultural functions. He has performed in many prestigious festivals, projects and workshops including the “Esplanade Dan:se Festival” in Singapore (2015), “ABU Radio Song Festival 2014” in Colombo, “Tapestry of Sacred Music” in Singapore (2013), “Festival of India”, jointly organized by the World Music Institute and Asian Cultural Council at the Peter Norton Symphony Space New York (2007), the Opening Ceremony of the Sixth Session of the United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous People (2007), “Exploratory Colloquium on the Foothills Culture of Manipur - Mapping a Mountain Path to Top 20 Scholarships” at Kentucky University in the US (2007), A Page Out of Order in Niigata, Osaka, Tokyo, and New York New York (2006-2008).
He has collaborated with renowned artists of different fields such as the Japanese American contemporary dancer, Yoshiko Chuma, the Manipuri traditional dancer and choreographer, Priti Patel, the theatre exponent, Heisnam Kanhailal, and the Portuguese contemporary musical band, Cla. He is currently a visiting faculty member at the University of Manipur and the Artistic Director for Laihui Ensemble in Imphal on a voluntary basis.

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