Martin Creed

Work No. 1020 (Ballet)

Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya

Created by a groundbreaking British artist, this “ballet” defies all expectations!

Winner of one of Britain’s top contemporary art awards, the Turner Prize, in 2001, Martin Creed’s work systematically arranges or moves the objects that surround us. Creed detaches things from their social contexts, newly presenting their repetition or regulation as a kind of rhythm. A true radical, the artist seeks out a minimal aesthetic to create work that unexpectedly involves the viewer, yet also does not hesitate to provoke with references to physiological actions such as excretion or vomiting.

This is the Japanese premiere of Work No. 1020 (Ballet), which comprises conversation as well as Creed’s songs and videos accompanying the movements of dancers restricted to the five basic ballet positions. With the geometrically controlled on-stage movement also interwoven with plenty of humor and fun, this “ballet” condenses the artist’s varied activities into one. Emerging from the extension of Creed’s artistic explorations, the performance casually meddles with the conventions and history of dance that accumulated through the modern and postmodern periods. Even for connoisseurs of the performing arts, it defies all expectations.

Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 (Ballet), 2016, Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI. Photo by Yuki Moriya
YEAR
2016 AUTUMN
DATES
10.29(Sat)-10.30(Sun)
VENUE
Kyoto Prefectural Citizens’ Hall ALTI
DURATION
75min.
LANGUAGE
English with Japanese surtitles and consecutive interpretation
CITY
London, U.K. / Alicudi, Italy
CATEGORY

Martin Creed

www.martincreed.com

Martin Creed (b. 1968, Wakefield, England) lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions of his work have been recently presented at Park Avenue Armory, New York (2016); the Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Tate Britain, London (2013); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2012); MAMAC, France (2011); and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2010). He was the recipient of the Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off. An accomplished musician, he has released several albums including Thoughts Lined Up (2016), Mind Trap (2014), Chicago (2012), and Love to You (2012). His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate in London, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. He studied at Slade School of Fine Art in London. Creed is represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Hauser & Wirth.

Concept, video art, music, performanceMartin Creed
PerformersEmma Arden, Delphine Gaborit, Anouchka Grose, Rinako Iida, Meg Jenkins, Andy McDonnell, Ayako Nomura, Keiko Owada-Bromley, Lorena Randi, Eriko Yamasaki
Translator – onstageKeiko Yamaguchi
Lighting design/production managerAntony Hateley
Musical directionAndy McDonnell
Stage managerShuji Hamamura
LightingWataru Kawasaki (RYU)
SoundFumihiro Takada (S.O.L. Sound Service), Satoshi Takatori (S.O.L. Sound Service)
Video operatorYoshitaka Shimada
WardrobeAtsuko Kiyokawa (atm)
Project managerCliodhna Murphy
Technical coordinatorNobuaki Oshika
Technical coordinator ‒ lightingKosuke Ashidano (RYU)
Technical coordinator – soundAyumu Okubo (KWAT)
Translator – offstageTaku Ito
Production coordinatorsMizuho Fujita (Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA), Ellie Nagata (Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA)
Production assistantsMitsuhiro Kishimoto (Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA), Paweł Pachciarek
Organized byKyoto City University of Arts and Kyoto Experiment
Curated/planned byKyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA and Kyoto Experiment
With funding fromPola Art Foundation
With the cooperation ofMisako Terada

ARCHIVE

  • Martin Creed, Work No. 2656: Understanding, 2016. Digital film, 3 min. 11 sec. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise. Installation view at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA, October 22–November 27, 2016. Photo by Takeru Koroda, courtesy of Kyoto City University of Arts

    Martin Creed

    Martin Creed