DANCE MARATHON JOURNAL #3
ARCHIVIST - CHOREOGRAPHER:
A dance major at university, MIKUNI YANAIHARA received various awards while still in school, including the NHK Award. Her unique choreography, which uses daily movements as motifs to express the emptiness and threats of today, has been well-received both in Japan and overseas. Yanaihara has been described as one of the few choreographers who truly grapples with the human body. With the Mikuni Yanaihara Project, she has taken on theatre as her new field of work. In conjunction with her dance company Nibroll and in collaboration with various artists, she is currently working on several genres of performances across the world.
MIKUNI YANAIHARA PRESENTS HER ARCHIVE BOX
Title of the archived dance: no-to
What is the concept of your Archive Box?
How does one feel when wearing a costume printed with the text from Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (which forbids the militarisation of Japan after World War II)? Most of us lead our lives not knowing what kinds of laws exist and what kinds of laws protect us. Nonetheless, we should never forget Article 9. This is why I included the text from the Article in my Archive Box. In order to make sure that the meaning of the text was clear, I also included my interpretation of the Article in simple Japanese.
I added the origami papers as an icon, with a view towards invoking thoughts about peace. In Japan, “one thousand paper cranes” are a symbol of peace. When I was young, I folded origami papers over many days to make these cranes and went to Hiroshima to dedicate them to the Atomic Bomb Dome. What is the worth of a human being? When I see the darkness of humankind, I always end up feeling that people are worth nothing. But, then, I remember the people who tried to be as conscientious and dignified as possible in any situation. Every death has meaning, no matter how futile a death or how wicked a person. This is what I wish to believe. It is easy for humans to suffer the loss of their dignity and rights in the face of war and poverty. Is it possible for a person to live as an individual of conscience in any situation or condition? Why do I live? What am I worth? Where does life go? I believe that we need to continue renouncing war and thinking about peace.
By whom and in what way would you like your Box to be used?
Someone who is willing to think about humankind.
What would you like to leave for the future by creating this Archive Box?
I don’t wish to leave my dance behind; I’d rather leave behind something that would encourage people to think and continue thinking about the darkness of humanity.
With thanks to The Saison Foundation for permitting SIFA to reproduce this interview with Mikuni Yanaihara.
CHOREOGRAPHED BY: MIKUNI YANAIHARA
8PM, TANJONG PAGAR RAILWAY STATION
30min, followed by intermission
Double Bill with Lay/ered