Dance Marathon Journal #14

Ng Yi-Sheng

September 14, 2015

DANCE MARATHON JOURNAL #14

ARCHIVIST-CHOREOGRAPHER 

TSUYOSHI SHIRAI

TSUYOSHI SHIRAI was an engineering student at university when he began dancing, performing and producing videos. In 1999, with street performing as his main focus, he founded a new dance group, Study of Live Works BANETO. In 2000, he developed, directed, choreographed and performed in “Living Room: The Room Of Sand”, which won the Prix d’Auteur du Conseil Général de Seine-Saint Denis – often thought of as the stepping stone into the world of contemporary dance. He was the youngest Japanese artist to have ever received this award. From 2006, he started working under a new name, AbsT.

TSUYOSHI SHIRAI PRESENTS HIS ARCHIVE BOX

Title of the archived dance: still life

What is the concept of your Archive Box?

I included in the Box a website about the original work. Available on the website were workshop videos and sound which might help a user in understanding the choreographic method and philosophy of the piece, as well as keywords that serves as inspiration for my creation. I chose the medium of a website for my Box, because I wanted to intuitively represent the way my thoughts and senses expand in various directions while overlapping an connecting with one another throughout the creation process. As opposed to a text that must be read in a linear order, a website can be browsed from anywhere by a user. I wanted to leave the possibility for each page to be connected with many other pages, so that a user could become lost in the maze and re-experience some of the original creator’s trail of thought, while developing their own ideas.

By whom and in what way would you like your Box to be used?

I hope that the Archive Box can provide a hint for those who are seeking to experience the birth of choreography or dance.

Was there anything you were not able to realise in the project? Were there any unexpected outcomes?

Choosing the format of a website – a digital platform that can contain an infinite amount of information – prompted me to think about the necessity of setting a limit for myself. I realised that ‘limit’ was an important keyword when thinking about ‘archives’.

What would you like to leave for the future by creating this Archive Box?

I do not have a clear intention to ‘leave something behind’. However, I would be pleased if a fragment of my work, created with diligence and determination during a certain period in the past, becomes a seed for another creation somewhere else

With thanks to The Saison Foundation for permitting SIFA to reproduce this interview with Tsuyoshi Shirai.

PASSAGE ON BLUR

CHOREOGRAPHED BY

TSUYOSHI SHIRAI

4 SEPTEMBER

8.45PM, TANJONG PAGAR RAILWAY STATION

35min, no intermission

Double Bill with The Daily Life of Ms. D

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