29 June: Muto Daisuke
30 June: Nanako Nakajima
Join two experts in the field of Japanese dance, as they examine the thinking and methods behind Dance Marathon – OPEN WITH A PUNK SPIRIT!, the thrilling 16-day dance festival within Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015. A unique feature of this festival is the creation by seven renowned contemporary Japanese dance-makers of an archive box – a collection of the key elements that went into the choreography of their individual dances. Six creators of new dance from Asia will then craft presentations in response to these archive boxes. These archive boxes will be passed on to seven dance-makers from the Asia Pacific, who will create new presentations inspired by the contents of these ordinary yet mysterious boxes.
Using video footage, dance critic Muto Daisuke will examine the principles and historical influences underpinning the work of the seven astounding dance-makers whose careers he has been following for 20 years. Dance researcher Nanako Nakajima will ask questions posed by the use of archive boxes as a creative tool. What are some of the contemporary dialogues pioneered between these seven dance-makers and their ever hungry audiences? What information must one possess to respond to a dance? As contemporary art practitioners in a culture of traditional familial succession, to what extent can Japanese dance-creators produce archive boxes that are accessible to all?