I came up with an idea, some time ago, that I should start all over again from the point when I used to observe my whole body very carefully. This is because I have discovered that I have no ability to create a dance by controlling my body. As I keep taking a good look at my body, I always find new little things that I had never noticed before. Making myself the subject of this experiment, I see my body starting to react in ways I never expected. We all tend to believe that “my body belongs to me”. But I think, now, that it is nothing more than our imagination. The works which emerge from these experiments are only the tip of the iceberg. I can see a large number of trials-and-errors and various possibilities still hovering beneath the surface of the water.
How will I be able to see the composition of those movements from down there? What will you figure out when so many possibilities are still asleep?
Natsuko Tezuka started her career as a solo dancer in 1996, changing her style from mime to dance. She kicked off her “Anatomical Experiment” series with the theme of body observation in 2001, creating a work that was a finalist for the Toyota Choreography Award in July 2002. She has participated in international exchange programmes and presented her works in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Poland, Jakarta and Rio de Janeiro. To encourage dancers to discuss and share with one another their styles and methods in the practice of contemporary dance, she organised the “Dojo-Yaburi” project.