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How's this for a transcontinental dance work: Rise:Rose, choreographed by Japanese-born, now New York City-based Kota Yamazaki, was developed during a residency the dance-maker had in Senegal; meanwhile, its movement draws on Butoh, hip-hop, classical ballet, contemporary and African dance. Truly a multicultural mash-up, Rise:Rose presents a near constant flow of motion, where small nuanced gestures twist, fold and unfurl in a pace that may be perceived as meditative and tranquil, or excruciatingly slow, depending on one's point of view. Yamazaki has said the piece reflects on "images of heaven or a world that might come after people die." The 75-minute work features dancers from Yamazaki's company, Fluid Hug-Hug, so named because Yamazaki believes a "person is a fluid and has to keep flowing and changing." In Rise:Rose you have to watch closely for some of the changes — this is Butoh-based, after all — the flow is indeed fluid, yet the world embodied in this work is oblique and mysterious.
(Read Janet Anderson's review of Dance Theatre X's take on Yamazaki's Inou.)
Fri.-Sat., April 25-26, 8 p.m., $25, Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., 215-925-9914, paintedbride.org.