ANKOKO BUTOH is, perhaps, Japan's most striking contribution to 20th-century dance. It is a style which began in the 1960s as an attempt to create a new theatrical language which was uniquely Japanese. In January, The Shankai Juku Company will perform Shijima. In this minimalist work, a white mural is decorated with human shapes which come to life.
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1 (0171-863 8000) opens 18 Jan
MAVERICK TELEVISION presenter and jazz maestro Jools Holland (right) kicks off a two-month tour next week. He will be joined by an equally impressive support cast, which will include Ruby Turner, Carleen Anderson, Mary Coughlan, Sam Brown and Carmel, with special guest Christie Hennessey.
Oxford Apollo (01865 244544) 4 Nov; Ipswich Regent Theatre (01473 281480) 5 Nov; Guildford Civic Hall (01483 444555) 7 Nov; Watford Colosseum (01923 445000) 8 Nov; St. David's Hall, Cardiff (01222 878444) 18 Nov; Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 21 Nov; Portsmouth Guildhall (01705 824355) 22 Nov; Reading Hexagon (0118-960 6060) 3 Dec; Bristol Colston Hall (0117-922 3682) 4 Dec