The Japanese word for Mime or Silence is Danmari, hence in 1976, Danmari Ltd. was founded as a not-for-profit organization in the states of New Jersey and New York. The Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre and the New Jersey Center for Mime fall under its auspices. The acclaimed Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre is under the artistic direction of international mime/movement artist Yass Hakoshima. His work reveals a classical style of mime and movement theatre which combines ancient Japanese elements and Western dance techniques, transforming the artist into a dramatic instrument that expresses the synthesis of both the body and the mind. The Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre tours world-wide presenting performances, residencies, master classes, workshops, educational programs and lecture/demonstrations. Yass Hakoshima is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient and he is internationally known. His work has been hailed widely for its innovative content and thought-provoking style. The creation of new performance works is an on-going process using slides, costumes, sculptures and music to enhance new repertory for each season.
The New Jersey Center for Mime was the only training program in the state devoted solely to the development of aspiring mime artists and of serious students of theatre and dance who also seek out training in mime, T’ai Ch’i Ch’uan and the Alexander and Stage Movement techniques, all rendered by master guest artists/teachers.
Danmari’s mission, through the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre and the New Jersey Center for Mime, seeks to further the artistic development of the art forms of ancient mime and movement through performance, training and educational programs, and to develop a better understanding of the art form and how it can be applied to Western contemporary life. Further, Danmari’s goals are to develop new audiences and to initiate and encourage interdisciplinary artistic and educational collaborations. Danmari’s programs also convey the strong Japanese theatrical tradition and culture.