Dancing the waltz with imaginary others
Team Chiipro is a performance duo that engages in meticulous research to reconstruct individual and collective memories through the medium of the body. The pair comprises co-directors Nanako Matsumoto, a performer whose experience dancing ballet from the ages of three to twenty led to her reexamining the nature of her own body, and Kengo Nishimoto, who mainly serves as dramaturg. Their project was selected through Kyoto Experiment’s first open call for proposals, and will be staged over two years in 2021 and 2022.
The theme of the first year’s production is the waltz. The performance is a Kyoto-specific iteration of a project titled Imaginary Waltz that Matsumoto initiated after the declaration of the state of emergency in 2020, in which she dances with imaginary objects, people, and landscapes. The waltz, which has been danced in Japan since the Meiji Era, was repeatedly the subject of moral scrutiny as it involves men and women dancing with their bodies closely touching. Taking this as a starting point, the work raises questions about the nature of touch and joining hands today, in a time where physical contact is restricted for reasons different from the past. The text for the performance draws from Matsumoto’s personal history, as well as research and interviews conducted in Kyoto. Through the narration, a waltz danced with imaginary others takes shape, alongside an interplay between text and body that will incubate over two years.
10.22 (Fri) 16:00 ★
10.23 (Sat) 14:00 / 19:00 ★
10.24 (Sun) 17:30
Duration: 60 min
Doors open 30 min. prior to the performance.
Nanako Matsumoto, Kengo Nishimoto / team chiipro
team chiipro is a performance group currently made up of members Nanako Matsumoto and Kengo Nishimoto. The group's practice has centered around the theme of the body and gesture’s potential as critique. In recent years the group have found a particular movement or dance step from a specific place or time within a city, and created dance works that deal with the intersection of the multiple contexts that these movements or dance steps evoke, and the physical sensations and memories of the performers. Major works include 20th Century Project (2017-18) and Kokyo Running Man (2019-20).
Choreography, Direction: Nanako Matsumoto, Kengo Nishimoto / team chiipro
Performer: Nanako Matsumoto
Video Design: Daichi Abe
Stage Manager: Yuhi Kobayashi
Lighting: Kana Watanabe
Sound: Mina Hayashi
Production Coordinator: Eri Shibata, Misako Fukumori (THEATRE E9 KYOTO)
Production Manager: Kodachi Kitagata
Technical Adviser: Yukiko Yoshimoto (Mahiru)
Research Assistant: Eri Shibata
Fact-checking: Yoshikazu Nagai (Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University)
English surtitles: Kyoka Kawai
Publicity Design: Shuzo Hosoya
In cooperation with Taishu Iizuka (Musician / Sound Technician), Masahiro Kato (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University), Akira Kikuchi (Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University), Erisa Kubo, Mio Sekiguchi, Rina Sekiguchi, Yoshikazu Nagai, Mariko Nagaoka, Kimiharu Nakamura (K−Dance Company), Miyuki Matsumoto, Yasuyuki Matsumoto, Yuki Miyawaki (Dancer / Choreographer), Jin Motohashi (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)
Produced by team chiipro
Co-produced by Kyoto Experiment
Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council, Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities [Intergenerational Thinking] Presented by Kyoto Experiment