El lugar imposible (The impossible place)
A leading South American choreographer conjures up a bold vision out of a residency in Japan
Making his second appearance at Kyoto Experiment, the prominent Buenos Aires-based dancer and choreographer Luis Garay is known for his lucidly conceived work. At the 2014 festival he caused a stir with his double bill on the limits of the body: Maneries, a rigorously choreographed solo piece that examined “the body as linguistic material,” and Mental Activity, which dealt with material substance and the body on equal terms, and surrounded the performers on stage with a mountain of junk.
For this festival, Garay premieres a new work developed out of a residency in Japan. With his interests in science, philosophy, and new concepts of the body, Garay here explores the nature of the body in Japan, a nation that helped pioneer social media. Through such works as Cocooning, which premiered in 2015 at Montpellier Danse, and Under de si, his collaboration with Argentinian artist Diego Bianchi that presented the dancer’s body as an installation at the 2015 Wiener Festwochen, Garay has demonstrated fresh concepts for the body.
This new work continues his project: a “performed installation” featuring locally recruited dancers and performers arranged in the venue, around whom the audience wanders. Luis Garay is joined by his long-time partners Vanina Scolavino and Ismael Pinkler, and also collaborates with Japanese composer and musician OORUTAICHI, and the Belgian-Franc lighting designer Sylvie Melis.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- North Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Luis Garay dives between philosophical questions and (absurd) pure action, from exercise to sport, labor, and meditation. His work is partly extreme physical experiences, partly ambient studies. He has presented work recently at Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro), Centre Pompidou-Metz (Paris), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Montpellier Danse, Kyoto Experiment, and Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), among others.
|Cast||akazki, Tadashi Asai, Yuka Arakawa, Rika Arisawa, Mai Ishikawa, Mitsuhiko Ito, Asuka Ueki, Takahiro Ueda, Yusuke Uda, Naruki Okamoto, Emi Ogura (Nov. 28), OTO Tachihiko, Yusa Kajiura, Yu Kanai (Ceramics instructor), Izuru Kinoshita, Kiichiro Kusunoki (Nov. 29), Yusuke Kutsuna, Gaku Kurokawa, Yoshiki Goto, Kentaro Sato, Mika Shigemori (Nov. 28, 29), Sugako Jinbo (Nov.30), Sanenari Sugikubo, Sunoo (Nov.28), Akinori Semba, Sho Takiguchi, Sayako Takasaki, Ayaha Tanaka, Keisuke Tanaka, Misako Tanaka (Misako Tanaka's dance is a choreography by Misako Tanaka), Shuichi Takeuchi, Tooza, Hitomi Nagasu, Neko the Metabo, Tomohiro Nose, Hyper★, Yoichi Hazama, Mana Hayashi, Misato Hayashi, Hana Higashino, Keito Hisasue, Atsushi Heki, Keiko Heki (Nov.28), Manami Maeda, Akimasa Matsushita, Seiya Matsumoto, Kouga Miura, Kenji Minamimoto, Lisa Morita, Hiroki Yokoyama, Yoshiya Yoshimitsu, Mihoko Watanabe|
|Music||OORUTAICHI, Ismael Pinkler|
|Lighting design||Sylvie Melis|
|Production coordinator||Momo Oyabu, Azumi Komoto|
|Stage manager||Masaya Natsume|
|Lighting||Kosuke Ashidano (RYU)|
|Sound||Ayumu Okubo (KWAT)|
|Stage manager assistant||Kyoka Arisawa|
|Stage support||Ruri Kimoto, Shunsuke Suzuki, Natsue Takemoto, Shihori Tsuchida, Keiko Makino|
|Produced by||Luis Garay|
|Co-produced by||Kyoto Experiment, Through a Fusebox Festival, Austin EEUU residency,|
|supported in part by||the National Performance Network (NPN) Performing America’s Creative Exchange Residency program|
|In co-operation with||the Saison Foundation|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|