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Solos

Seki’s solos have been performed internationally in various contexts such as art exhibitions, festivals, concerts, theatre and unconventional venues in both outdoors and indoors.  Some are site-responsive and improvised in nature, some are choreographed either site-specifically or in theatre settings.   

 

She enjoys moments of unexpected encounters both external and internal.  Encountering a gang of seagulls crying, rosy cheeked children quietly sitting by their scooters, a serge of happiness turns into wicked laughter, gentle wind brushes her hair, long casting shadow chasing and deep silence.  As if she was moved by the invisibles.  Her performance often intensifies and challenges the viewer’s experience.

 

    'The uninhibited distortions and subtle exaggerations of the human form that Yumino brought to life, stirred up a whole            range of emotions within me.’

 

    ‘Solo dance performance from the Butoh tradition that held the audience spellbound’

 

Broadening the boundaries of dance performance she often collaborates with artists from various backgrounds such as experimental sound & light, music, film/moving image, theatre, visual art, installation and sculpture.

A Place in Between

Journey Festival of Dance 2022

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

 

Neither here nor there A Place in Between is a collaborative performance between Butoh dance and live music

Music by Olie Brice
Costume Ness Newman

Commissioned by 18 Hours

Photo by Sara-Louise Bowrey

Under the Moon, 2019/20

International Butoh Festival, Paris 2019

Moon, UK tour

 

A choreographic work, inspired by the ghostly presence of the 16th century Japanese Sumie painting ‘Gekka Shourin Zu’.  A myriad of dark and light shades created by the moon, and morning fog envelops the offshore pine forest under the moon light. 

 

Slipping into a place juxtaposed with everyday life where there is no location and time.  Encountered by beings which have neither bodies nor spirits.  A story unfolds.

 

Further developed from 'Gekka' a new collaboration with Tunde Jegede, the African composer.

Special thanks to; Association Culturelle Franco-Japonaise de TENRI,  Sunara Begum, Nick Weeks and Caleb Madden

photo from film 'Kaizo' by Alex Franck 

The House of Crusoe, 2019

A site-specific choreographic work commissioned by ExploreTheArch to mark the tercentenary of the publication of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.

The piece was specially made with Bernard Mcguigan's solitary sculpture series for the en suite furnished bed room in the large victorian house in St. Leonards on Sea.  The theme touches solitude, voyage, survival and cannibalism.  The room transforms from the 17th century town house to a remote desert island and is gradually segmented by the pitched threads.

9 seatings were set against the walls to witness an intimate story.

Special thanks to Gail Borrow and Paul

Gallery Klatovy, 2014

Junichiro Ishii solo exhibition at KLATOVY KOSTEL SV. VAVŘINCE, Chez Republic.  

A site-specific promenade performance around Ishii's installation.  Commissioned by Gallery Klatovy. 

Artbeat Egypt, 2012

Site-responsive improvisations in ArtBeat music festival in El Mansoura, Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt.

 

Commissioned by The Japan Foundation, Cairo and supported by Darb1718 Egyptian Contemporary Art and Culture Center.

video documentation by Jim Roseveare

Telling Stories, 2012

'Telling Stories' exhibition at Durbar Hall, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

 

Tracing the invisible circles the body slowly unfolds its own story.

Commissioned by Cathryn Kemp.

Music by Kosomos Ensemble

photo by Sin Bozkurt

Other key commissioned works

INTERFACE, Belgium, 2011 commissioned by Christine Gist.   view video documentation

Art of Kabuki, 2008, collaboration with Tim Riley (music) commissioned by Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.      view video documentation

Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey, 2008 commissioned by Denizhan Ozer.     view video documentation

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