distant voices - carry on

Dance New Air 2016 pre-performance Site-Specific Series vol.1

“distant voices –carry on” ~ Aoyama Shakkei

Oct 10th sat 18:00
Oct 11th sun 14:00 / 18:00
Oct 12th mon 14:00 / 18:00
Spiral Hall(Spiral 3F) 5-6-23,Minami-Aoyama,Minato-ku, Tokyo
Duration: about 120min
Capacity: 120p.
Tickets: \2,500-
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Three years has passed since the presentation of Borrowed Landscape-Yokohama, a site-specific work created to casually reverse familiar landscapes into those of extraordinary. This year, the same choreographers Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki will present an international co-production: “distant voices –carry on” ~Aoyama Shakkei, which will be set in Spiral (architecture by Fumihiko Maki), a cultural-art complex commemorating its 30th anniversary.
“distant voices –carry on” ~Aoyama Shakkei is a site-specific work, in which bodies / sounds / objects are placed in and outside Spiral including areas that are usually not open to the public, and whose form is gradually transformed as the performance continues. In this experience-based show, the public will be asked to subjectively choose his/her own positions and perspectives and open his/her perception to alter images of the everyday world into different ones.
Concept,Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
Installation: Tetsuya Umeda
Choreography and Performance: Ingrid Haakstad, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Andrey Andrianov, Un Yamada, Makoto Enda, Momoko Shiraga, Yumi Osanai, Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
Sound Design: Roeland luyten, Johann Loiseau
Set Design: Arnaud Meuleman
Dramaturg:André Eiermann

Extra Performers: KEKE, Akazki, Tomoyo Okada, Naoko Ogata, Haruka Kajimoto, Lisa Kumagai, Chisato Saito, Ippei Shintaku, Ichiro Sugae, Akemi Nagao, Haruna Nissaka, Megumi Fujikura, Kentaro Miura, Lisa Morita, Shingo Yoshizawa, Atsuko Yoshifuku, Wao Wachu


Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki are the artistic directors of “fieldworks”, a company based in Brussels and Oslo and performing all over the world. After working as dancers in the company “Damaged Goods” by Meg Stuart, they both started to work as choreographers in 1999. Since then, they have choreographed and directed 20 shows and been invited to perform at major festivals worldwide. Their location-based works are not just presented in theatre spaces, but places such as hotels, offices and supermarkets as well. Through their creation of Field Works-office premiered in Japan in 2011, they started to work on an international co-production: Borrowed Landscape Project, in which they apply the concept of “borrowed landscape”, a traditional Japanese technique in landscape gardening, to their creation. They have so far presented Borrowed Landscape-Yokohama, a site-specific work created with Japanese front-line artists, set in show houses and shopping malls in Yokohama area. The piece enjoyed a good reputation said as “an approach to overturn the existing concept of dance”. This year’s continuing series: “distant voices –carry on” ~Aoyama Shakkei will be the world premier, created in collaboration with artists of Japan and Europe. It is based on their highly estimated work: distant voices, born from research conducted in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Lebanon and Japan, and premiered in Leuven, Belgium, in October 2014.


Heine Avdal
Heine Avdal (NO/BE) studied dance, choreography and video at the Oslo National College of the Arts in Norway and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. He has worked as a performer for various companies in Norway. From 1997 to 2001 he worked with Meg Stuart’s company Damaged Goods, collaborating with Gary Hill, Ann Hamilton and Stefan Pucher. Since 2000 he has been frequently collaborating with Yukiko Shinozaki. 

In recent projects, his focus has been on the distribution of space. He questions how spatial conventions affect the way we experience and move through private/public spaces. Considering people’s preconceptions of spatial conventions and through slight shifts, or manipulations he searches for unexpected intersections between different components of a space. 

In this context, Avdal also questions how technology is being used or, can be used in acquiring new meanings and perceptions on the human body and on our daily surroundings. He investigates the blurred distinction between what is artificial and what is organic, by integrating different technologies in such a way that they become charged with presences, acquiring some kind of human quality.  

During the last 15 years he has, in collaboration with Yukiko Shinozaki, produced and created more than 15 different projects. Currently they are touring internationally with Field Works-hotel, Field Works-office, Borrowed Landscape, nothing’s for something, The seventh floor of the world, distant voices and as if nothing has been spinning around for something to remember. In 2015 they are also working on a new project, entitled carry on.

Yukiko Shinozaki
Yukiko Shinozaki’s (JP/BE) work focuses on internal complexities and contradictions of the body. The process of transformation takes an important role in her movement vocabulary: through subtle shifts and manipulations, familiar actions slowly transform into an unfamiliar realm/landscape. She considers artistic collaborations as an important factor in her work and she consciously integrates coincidental elements that arrive in encounters with different artists and situations. She mainly works in an intuitive way, yet she is also fascinated by something beyond her imagination. 

After studying classical ballet in Tokyo, Shinozaki moved to the U.S. She has studied contemporary dance and psychology at the Portland State University. After graduating, she lived in New York working as a freelance dancer as well as showing her solo works at various venues. In 1997 she moved to Brussels, where she worked with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods until 2001. 

Since 2000 she has, in collaboration with Heine Avdal, produced and created more than 15 different projects. Currently they are touring internationally with Field Works-hotel, Field Works-office, Borrowed Landscape, nothing’s for something, The seventh floor of the world, distant voices and as if nothing has been spinning around for something to remember. In 2015 they are also working on a new project, entitled carry on

Ingrid Haakstad
Ingrid Haakstad is a Norwegian dancer, who followed Spin Off, a one year preliminary study in dance (2006-2007) and continued her studies at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2007-2010). Currently she is working as a freelance artist, with base in Oslo. She worked together with choreographers such as Eivind Seljeseth, Hege Haagenrud, Janne-Camilla Lyster and Stian Danielsen. Ingrid collaborates regurarly with Heine Avdal and yukiko Shinozaki. She dances in nothing’s for something, distant voices, as if nothing has been spinning around for something to remember and carry on
Kayoko Minami
Kayoko Minami (1980, Tokyo Japan) is a dancer/performer based in Brussels. She started dancing at the Fumie Kanai Dance Company and graduated from Nihon University College of Art. In Japan, she collaborated as a dancer with choreographers such as Shinji Nakamura, Jan Durovcik, Kimio Nosaka and Pierre Darde. In 2005, she came to Belgium through the The Cultural Agency’s Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists for the year 2005-2007 by the Japanese Government, and studied at Hoger instituut voor dans en danspedagogie in Lier and at École internationale de Théâtre LASSAAD in Brussels, Belgium. Since then, she has worked with Gisela Rocha, Toula Limnaios, Ugo Dehaes, Tino Sehgal, Randi De Vlieghe, Louise Chardon, Colette Sadler, Mokhallad Rasem and more. 
Eivind Seljeseth
Choreographer, performer and dance artist, Eivind Seljeseth (NO) was born in Kristiansand, the capital of the norwegian inferiority complex, in the very south of the most northern country in Europe; Norway. He is educated at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (MA in choreography 2010-2012) and Skolen for Samtidsdans (School of new dance, Oslo 2005-2008) . As a performer Eivind have worked/is working with various artists and in different constellations. This includes projects with Eva-Cecilie Richardsen, Hege Haagenrud, Holte/Westgård, Myhre/Wahlstrøm and Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki. 
As a choreographer, Eivind is working both in collaboration with other choreographers and artists and with creating work on his own. 
Andrey Andrianov
Andrey Andrianov is a dancer, writer, performer and choreographer, who lives in Moscow. He studied dance, pantomime, contact improvisation, marshal arts and acting. 
Between 1993-2000 Andrey worked at the dance-performance laboratory Saira Blanche Theater in Moscow, where he developed performances in collaboration with the performance-group Lux-Flux (Vienna). The works were presented at a.o. Tanz.Platform 98, ImageTanz, Tanz2000 and Wiener Festwochen. Between 2001-2008 he worked together with the Do-Dance Company, as a dancer and choreographer, under the artistic direction of Min Tanaka (“Theater School of Dramatic Art”  by Anatolij Vasiliev). From 2009 on Andrey regularly collaborated with Theater Brut in Vienna. 
Since 2014 he has also been collaborating with Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, mainly in their production distant voices.
Un Yamada
Choreographer/Dancer, director of Co. Yamada Un. Mostly working with her dance company Co. YAMADA UN that she founded in 2002, Un Yamada works as a choreographer and dancer. She creates dance pieces, presents performances and conducts workshops both in and outside Japan such as in Asia, Middle East and Europe. She is also active in collaborating with different fields such as music, the fine arts, academics and traditional performing arts. Moreover, she choreographs rhythmic gymnastics and coaches movements for theatre and opera productions. She received the 8th Japan Dance Forum Award in 2013. In 2014, she was designated as the Japan Cultural Envoy for East Asia, and also received the New Face Award of Minister of Education Awards for Fine Arts.
Makoto Enda
Performer/Stage director, director of Makoto Cluv. Makoto Enda founded Makoto Cluv in 2001 in the aim of squeezing dance into narrow and empty spaces in the world. With the company, he creates site-specific works, appearing and performing not only in theatres and halls but also in places such as museums, city halls, shopping streets, trains and airports. In the past, he has received the Dance Bazaar Grand Prize by TOKYO COMPETITION #2, Audience Award at Toyota Choreography Award, and The 1st Japan Dance Forum Award. He has also been active in participating in various arts events such as Yokohama Triennale.
Momoko Shiraga
Choreographer/Stage director, director and dancer of momonga complex. Born in Tokyo in 1982. Momoko Shiraga started to dance classical ballet from early childhood. Since 2005, she has been responsible for the composition, direction and choreography of all the creations by momonga complex. Besides her activities with the company, she also co-directed the music theatre piece Fanfare, as well as Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura by Kinoshita Kabuki. She was also in charge of choreography in OUR PLANET created by Mamagoto. In 2012, she directed Mob at Festival/Tokyo, as well as the parade of Kitakyushu Theater Festival. In 2014, she presented The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky with artist Yuko Mohri and composer Yasuno Miyauchi at Festival/Tokyo.
Yumi Osanai
While studying at Ochanomizu University, Yumi Osanai joined different Japanese dance companies. She started to choreograph her own pieces in 2008. In 2010, she participated in a residency program at CNDC (France) to research. In 2012, she collaborated with Korean choreographer Ro KyungAe. In the same year, she received a scholarship from The Cultural Agency’s Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by the Japanese Government, and worked with Ferenc Feher in Budapest, Hungary. She received a subsidy from POLA ARTS FOUNDATION for the year 2015-2016 and is now under training at “fieldworks” based in Brussels, Belgium.

Installation: Tetsuya Umeda
Artist (active in live performances and art exhibitions). Tetsuya Umeda (born in 1980) has performed at numerous music festivals in Europe since 2002. He has also presented his works at various performing arts festivals and in projects such as Festival Bo:m, Theater Spektakel and Noorderzon. While presenting installation works at museums and other alternative spaces both in Japan and abroad, he has also been developing interactive projects based on materials varied from architectural construction to audience behavior, such as his private exhibition Mon (Gate) in 2008 and a collaboration with Breaker Project since 2011.
Sound Design: Roeland luyten
By watching science-fiction and horror movies as a young boy he comes for the first time in contact with electroacoustic sounds. At the age of 8 he starts to study flute at the music academy in Louvain. During high school, he learns to play the electric guitar as an autodidact and starts to experiment with effects pedals. During his study of classical flute at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, he finds his real passion in the studio for composition of electroacoustic music with Joris de Laet. Since then Roeland composes regularly new pieces and works as a composer and sound engineer along with various theatre and dance productions in Belgium and abroad. His music is played and has recieved prizes throughout the whole world.
Sound Design: Johann Loiseau
Johann Loiseau (FR) is a musician, composer and sound engineer working in various musical fields. In 2013 he started collaborating with Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki. Alternation with Fabrice Moinet, he is in charge of the sound technique and electronics while on tour with nothing’s for something and as if nothing has been spinning around for something to remember. He has also been involved as sound engineer in the distant voices, and as composer/sound designer for carry on
Set Design: Arnaud Meuleman
Arnaud Meuleman is a Belgian artist, who works and lives in Brussels. He was a member of L’Ècurie, a collectif of artists and a space dedicated to contemporary art and music. After his art studies, he collaborated to several contemporary dance projects and he was part of Mullein, a laboratory of artistic researches through walks. He lived in Japan for 3 years, where he developed the project Acci-Cocci, an independant art space on Sado Island. 
Arnaud Meuleman collaborated to Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki’s creations drop a line, The seventh floor of the world and distant voices
Dramaturg:André Eiermann
André Eiermann (DE) is a theatre scholar researching at the intersection of theory and practice. He studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, where he also did his PhD in 2008. The respective thesis titled Postspektakuläres Theater was published in 2009. Since then, he has been working as a lecturer and researcher in various academic contexts, amongst others as postdoctoral fellow in Giessen and as substitute professor for theatre studies at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Studies in Frankfurt/Main. In addition to his academic work, he is part of the artist duo parabiont. André Eiermann collaborated to Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki’s production distant voices as a dramaturge and performed in distand voices – conversations #1 and #2

Extra Performers:

KEKE studied physical expression called “Mimu” under Chieko Wada. Presently, he performs in various dance and theatre performances. Since 2015, he has been a member of the dance company “Tokikatachi” directed by Aiko Obana.
Akazki (born in Tokyo) is a dancer. She started to learn classical ballet from the age of 7. She graduated from Ochanomizu University, Dance and Dance Education course. After a period of not dancing, she restarted to dance in 2012. Recent works include Tokyo Nomad and After all, Radio Gymnastics.
Tomoyo Okada
Tomoyo Okada is a dancer. After graduation from college, she spent some time away from dance. 15 years later, being a mother of 3 children, she restarted to dance. In 2005, she was nominated as a finalist at Toyota Choreography Award. Besides working as a solo dancer, she has also performed in pieces created by choreographers such as Jérôme Bel, Junnosuke Tada, Pijin Neji and Zan Yamashita. She dances in such a way as she lives.
Naoko Ogata
Naoko Ogata is a dancer and bodywork therapist. After performing as a dancer in the companies Co. Yamada Un and Tabama Kikaku both in Japan and abroad, she went to Delhi, India, to run a salon as a bodywork therapist. On her return to Japan, she restarted to work as a dancer, and since then, has mostly been working with musicians in pursuit of realizing a sound-like body and movements.
Haruka Kajimoto
Haruka Kajimoto is a choreographer and dancer. She started to dance classical ballet from her childhood. Since 2005, she has been performing both nationally and internationally as a member of BATIK. Besides her activities as a dancer, she also choreographs solo pieces. She won the MASDANZA Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection EX2015 Competition II.
Lisa Kumagai
Lisa Kumagai belonged to dance creation teams at junior and senior high schools. After graduation from Rikkyo University, College of Arts, Department of Education, she decided to build her career as a contemporary dancer. Since 2014, she has been creating solo pieces and presenting them in different places. She also works as an illustrator.
Chisato Saito
Chisato Saito started to dance modern ballet as a child, and at university, started to dance contemporary dance. She graduated from Japan Women’s College of Physical Education, Dance Studies Major. Currently, she studies dance under Miyako Kato and Yohei Suzuki. In 2014, she was nominated as a finalist at the New Choreographer Division of Yokohama Dance Collection EX2014. She has been working as BULLET.
Ippei Shintaku
Ippei Shintaku is a dancer and choreographer. In Kyoto where he used to live, he joined performances directed by Tenko Ima and Zan Yamashita. Since moving to Tokyo, he has been a member of the company Kim Itoh + the Glorious Future. He has also danced in shows by BABY-Q, Shuji Onodera, and Maki Tabata. He is currently the director of a fancy dance creation group “Dododomori”.
Ichiro Sugae
Ichiro Sugae started to dance while studying at university. He studied dance under Naoya Aoki and Shintaro Hirahara. From 2011-2014, he was a member of Noism2 and danced in performances by Jo Kanamori, Yuki Yamada and Yoshifumi Inao. In 2014, he moved his bases to Tokyo, and since then, has been joining various projects including “OrganWorks” led by Shintaro Hirahara.
Akemi Nagao
Akemi Nagao is based in Berlin and has worked as a dancer for many choreographers in Europe. She has been invited to teach as a guest artist at the Universität für angewandte Kunst, Wien in 2014. Her collaborative piece |||(1) was performed in Kaaitheater, Brussels in 2015.
Haruna Nissaka
Since graduation from Kanto International Senior High School, Department of Performing Arts, Haruna Nissaka has been working as a stage actress. In recent years, she also creates works using streetscapes. Recent creations and appearances include THEATER ZOU-NO-HANA @ Zou-No-Hana Terrace and Roppongi Art Night Switch.
Megumi Fujikura
Megumi Fujikura is a stage actress. After working as a voice-over actress, producer of radio programs, radio moderator and narrator, she presently works as a stage actress and also appears in dance performances. She has also been actively participating in outdoor performances.
Kentaro Miura
After being dedicated in playing football, Kentaro Miura started to dance contemporary dance at university. While he actively participated in dance activities on campus, he has also joined numerous events outside the university such as dance contests. Since graduation from university, he has been creating dance performances, and at the same time, gathering broad experiences not limited to dance.
Lisa Morita
Born in 1986 in Japan. Lisa Morita graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a BA in law in 2008. She presently works at a museum of contemporary art. In 2013, she presented a work inspired by Japanese businesswomen at Aoyama Cemetery. Currently, she is engaged in an interdisciplinary project focusing on art, body and environment.
Shingo Yoshizawa
Shingo Yoshizawa started to dance contemporary dance while studying at Rikkyo University, as he met the choreographer Saburo Teshigawara. After graduation, he danced in performances created by choreographers and directors such as Saburo Teshigawara, Ryohei Kondo, Kakuya Ohashi and Nei Hasegawa. He is currently a project member of “Marebito-no-Kai” directed by playwright and stage director Masataka Matsuda.
Atsuko Yoshifuku
Atsuko Yoshifuku is a choreographer and dancer. She studied modern dance, classical ballet and bodyworks. Carefully exploring senses and the texture of the body, she follows the inevitability of movements. Her philosophy being to “interpret between lines of dance as one reads a book”, she actively works as Unit Dance Bookshelf, in which members gather on a project-to-project basis.
Wao Wachu
Wao Wachu is a dancer. She danced in “Shibuya Koen-dori Classics Improvisation Performance” organized by Kazuko Takemoto from October 2014 to September 2015. More recently, she danced in a performance organized by Kei Yasuda, as well as in a project organized by Kazuhiko Nakajima and a live performance by Etsuko Takezawa & Hiroshi Obiki. She currently studies dance under Tomohiko Tsujimoto and pursues her own style.

Production: fieldworks vzw、Heine Avdal
Producer: Maki Miyakubo(Dance New Air, Matsue Okazaki(Offsite Dance Project)
Technical Director: Yutaka Endo
Lighting Operator: DOTWORKS
Sound Operator: Raku Nakhara
Publicity Design: Hirohisa Ota
Video: Hikari Fujii
Photography: Hideo Mori

Organizers: Dance New Air(Dance Nippon Associates, Wacoal Art Center Co.,Ltd, Offsite Dance Project
Coproduction : Spiral, Borrowed Landscape Japan, STUK (Leuven/Belgium), PACT Zollverein (Essen/Germany)、APAP, fieldworks, Heine Avdal
Subsidies: The Saison Foundation, ARTS COUNCIL TOKYO(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie
Festival/Tokyo 2015 Affiliated Program

Dance Nippon Associates
The Saison Foundation
Festival/Tokyo 2015 Affiliated Program