Laughing Frame (2012, US Premiere)

Date and Time: Friday, June, 9:30pm; Saturday, June 2, 5:00pm; Sunday, June 3, 4:00pm
Duration: 30 min (Shared bill with STEAMROLLER. Total program 70 min with intermission.)
Location: Firehouse

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $20

Festival Pass

If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $75.00

Artist Info

Work Sample


Merging diverse expressions of classic, modern, jazz and street dance (“krumping,” in particular), Baobab dancers burst with exuberant energy “to get out of the frame, laughing, talking, singing and crying” for liberation. Director/lead dancer, Wataru Kitao, won the best dancer’s award at the prestigious Yokohama Dance Collection Competition in February 2018. Bring it up for their international debut!

Company History

Director Wataru Kitao established Baobab in 2009. For each work, Kitao casts suitable dancers and actors regardless of career or features. “Sometimes they are talking, singing, laughing a lot and often crying". Baobab has strong energy and describe not only body but also human character.

Wataru Kitao was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1987; having experienced a variety of dance genres since early childhood, he went on to study with Kisanuki Kuniko at J. F. Oberlin University. As the leader of Baobab dance company he is responsible for choreography, composition, and performance. He has guest-performed in works by Kondo Ryohei and Yamamoto Suguru as well as choreographing extensively for the theater, commercials, and films. He also holds workshops and engages in outreach activities. Kitao received the 2012 Audience Award at the Toyota Choreography Award and the third Elsur Foundation New Face Award for Contemporary Dance.

Presented by the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN). Supported in part by Arts Council Tokyo, the Western State Arts Federation, California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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