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APU Graduate active as a dancer gave a message


Aug 7, 2009

TAKEMOTO Hisayo (APM Grad, spring`05), who graduated APU in 2005 and is currently active as a dancer and dance instructor with the Mariko Dance Theatre, looks back on her student life at APU and sends a message to current students.
TAKEMOTO Hisayo, graduate of APU's second year and is one of the graduates who wrote the inaugural chapter of APU. During her time at APU she established a theatre group with other APU students, gave performances entirely in English with the APU student circle "Yossha koi" in Turkey, Denmark, Greenland and Macau, got actively involved on-campus and made full use of the APU multicultural environment.

Furthermore, in order to learn more about dance, she got actively involved in dance and is currently passing on the charms of dance to students as a dance instructor and also continues to get involved in expressive activities as a dancer.

Ms TAKEMOTO spoke of her experiences of four years of learning at APU, "through the course of dancing and exchanging with my friends of so many different nationalities and planning events from scratch, I naturally absorbed the `We can do it' spirit. Furthermore, I was able to develop communication skills with students and faculty staff members abound with energy and variety and didn't depend only on language."

She spoke of APU has it approaches its 10th anniversary in April 2010, "I expect that APU will continue to nurture human resources with communication skills and the objectivity and initiative needed to face any situation –the kind of skills people need to face the new age."

Based in Kyoto, the "Mariko Dance Theatre" which Ms. TAKEMOTO is affiliated with, has been active since 1984. Their dances are themed on the importance of international exchange, the hope for heart-to-heart exchange and always the links between dance and living. In September the Mariko Dance Theatre Group will welcome the Hungarian dancer and choreographer Pal Frenak as a guest dancer when they perform "Dance of Death – joy of living" at the Kyoto Prefectural center for Arts & Culture to mark the re-establishment of Japanese diplomatic ties with Hungary. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see what one of our APU graduates is up to so please be sure to come along.

"The Japan-Danube Friendship Year 2009" Commemorative Event,
Mariko Dance Theatre 25th Anniversary Commemorative Performance
"Dance of Death – joy of living"
Time/date: Tuesday, September 22, 18:30 (doors open 18:00)
Wednesday, September 23, 14:00 (doors open 13:30), 18:00 (open 17:30)
Venue: The Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture
Entry: Advance sales 3500yen, on the day sales 4000yen
Sponsor: The Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Japan, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, Kyoto Board of Education, and others.
Inquires to: The Mariko Dance Theatre:
(Te:075-211-839 / e-mail: marikodance@email.plala.or.jp
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