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In translation, Dairakudakan means "great camel battleship." The Japanese dance company's founder Akaji Maro says the name perfectly fits his troupe because the camel has all the qualities inherent in the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, but it does not belong to them. The same hybrid energy invigorates Dairakudakan, a mixture of traditional Japanese butoh dance and theater, which made its United States debut at ADF over 18 years ago. Dairakudakan's Sea-Dappled Horse is a gorgeous succession of ritualized scenes set against a background of 200 wooden panels suspended from 500 cedar poles, and it comes to Duke's Page Auditorium on Feb. 6 and 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets to this rare event are steep, but worth it: $34, $29 and $25 for adults, and $29, $19 and $14 for students. Call 684-4444.

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