Azul Dance Theatre is a collective of diverse contemporary dance artists led since 2004 by artistic director and choreographer Yuki Hasegawa. Utilizing contemporary dance movement and influenced by Eastern culture and philosophy, Azul creates dance works that convey passion, courage, conflicts, and beliefs deriving from the reality of dance artists living in NYC.
Azul Dance Theatre’s newest work, Vision, (in part supported by New Work Grant by Queens Council on the Arts) expresses the psychological tangle and emotional conflicts generated by personal fears and insecurities.
Works include Born Within presented in shared performances at the Ailey Citigroup Center, Salvatore Capezio Theater, El Museo Del Barrio, and Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center. Ame-no-Uzume (original music score by Yui Kitamura) was co-commissioned with Multicultural Sonic Evolution and premiered at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Mugen, a work synthesizing contemporary dance and Japanese sword fighting, was voted as the Best Choreography in NYC 10 Dance Initiative at Dixon Place. Most recently, Night Rainbow, a work inspired by Hawaiian myth, premiered at Wave Rising Series in Brooklyn in 2014.