September 28, 2015

See Japanese dance troupe Enra on Oct. 18 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

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enra 2Experience a fantasy of dance and digitally projected images when the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center presents visual performance team Enra on Sunday, Oct. 18.

This majestic and mesmerizing troupe will perform at only 10 venues in the United States during its 2015 world tour — and Birmingham’s ASC is one. The group was featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in Season 10.

Formed in 2012 by Japanese artistic director Nobuyuki Hanabusa, Enra is a Tokyo-based performance and production company that matches motion graphics and animated background images with live performance. Bridging contemporary art and engaging entertainment, Enra’s innovation seamlessly unites ballet, kung fu, acrobatics, juggling and rhythmic gymnastics.

enra streamThe show is set for 7 p.m. in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Do not miss this unique opportunity; the ASC anticipates a sold-out show. Tickets are $29. An ArtPlay Meet the Artist school show is set for 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

Sponsors of the ASC’s Enra performance are Regions, Mark B. Jackson, Alabama's Honorary Consul of Japan, Alabama State Council on the Arts, UAB, WBHM and VIVA Health.

In October 2013, Enra performed at Japan’s successful 2020 Olympic bid, propelling the troupe into the international spotlight. The company has achieved viral recognition through its YouTube videos; the video for “Pleiades” has been viewed more than 6 million times.

The members include Nobuyuki Hanabusa, Tsuyoshi Kaseda, Maki Yokoyama, Saya Watatani, Tachun, Yusaku Mochizuki and Kazunori Ishide. Explore Enra online at enra.jp.