Dance, if you want to enter my country!
A performance that questions the borders of national and racial identity
Vienna-based Michikazu Matsune uses his own body to create performances that challenge society and systems. Premiered in Austria in July last year, this performance is inspired by an actual incident at Ben Gurion Airport. The African-American dancer Abdur Rahim Jackson was visiting Israel for a performance but his Muslim first name drew the suspicion of the border security officers. He was taken into a private room and made to dance in order to prove his profession.
Matsune’s approach is not simply to criticize this; rather, he attempts to explore the truth behind the peculiar incident based on his own experiences of travel. Reconsidering the background behind the story, Matsune re-enacts a piece by Alvin Ailey, the dance company to which Jackson belongs, themed around the African-American civil rights movement, while also questioning the true value of a passport as identification. Confronting a society that forces lines between nationality, ethnicity and identity, Matsune, who has lived overseas for many years, stands at these borders and uses various means to inquire into how far they can be disputed from the position of the individual.
An exhibition, Towards the other side of the world, is also held in the same venue. Planned by Matsune, it features a range of artists from around the world, revealing the frictions and contradictions caused by national borders.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
- Vienna, Austria
Born 1973 in Kobe, Japan. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria since 1997. Michikazu Matsune is an artist working in various medias such as live-performance, installation, photography and video. His works reflect our contemporary society with a sense of subversive humor and poetical irony. Having his background in contemporary dance and choreography, he has been developing his own projects since 2004 in various contexts such as stage, exhibitions and public space. His works are presented by performing arts festivals and in exhibitions internationally. Michikazu Matsune is also a guest-tutor for performance study and has taught at the University of Arts Berlin and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. As an extension of his art practice, Matsune organizes and curates exhibitions with a focus on performance practice.
|Project team||Andrea Gunnlaugsdottir, Mzamo Nondlwana, Naoki Matsuyama|
|Text||Michikazu Matsune, Jun Yang|
|Video edit||Maximilian Pramatarov|
|Music||Traditional gospel, Brian Eno, Hedley|
|Choreographic reference||Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, Hip Hop for beginners|
|Co-produced by||Szene Salzburg, Brut Wien, Kyoto Experiment|
|Supported by||the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna, the Austrian Cutural Forum Tokyo, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich In Kyoto|
|Stage manager||Masaki Hamada|
|Lighting||Kosuke Ashidano (RYU)|
|Technical coordinator||Masaya Natsume|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|