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Postmodernism, Narrativity, and the Art of Memory

In Saburo Teshigawara's "Blue Meteorite [Aoi Insekil", a man is caught between, on the right, an enormous wall of large glass panes representing the past and, on the left, a sheet of blue suggesting the future. His dilemma, as the Japanese dance company Karas presented it at the Los Angeles Festival in September 1990, is not unlike our own. "Standing before the huge present time, what can I do?" writes the choreographer and soloist, "I dance ... Dancing is the present, come out and go away in each moment. The eternal present, that's my sense of time - sense of beauty."