Recent Choreographic works
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Exploration of embodied energies and histories of abandoned objects- whether discarded due to malfunction, lost of interest or simply outdated. The work traverse her own personal experiences of attachment, sentimentality and displacement to commodities and material objects. Dancers: Athena Lewis, Ana Daria Vieru, Charlotte Telfer-Wan Sound: Stefan Nazarevich Supervisor: Judith Garay Special thank you: Xinyue Liu, Hannah Campbell
Emergency!! is a comical piece illustrating the frustration, impatience and hopelessness everyone must have experienced at least once in their lifetime-- waiting in line for a washroom. Based on movements each dancer have observed in public washrooms and by recalling personal experiences, the piece has been originally developed in Japan and since then has been shown in various settings. Performed by: Moe Yokouchi, Yuki Cho, Tomoyo Yamada, Akiyo Kubota Choreographed by: Tomoyo Yamada Originally performed in 2013
kikoeteimasuka (can you hear me)
Based on the afterworld of Japanese Buddhism, this piece explores through spirituality and what is believed to be happening after one's passing. The white transparent cloth representing a spiritual river (River of Sanzu) is believed to be dividing the deceased soul from this present world to the next one. Originally created for The All Japan Dance Festival Kobe 2013 (Kobe, Japan) Recreated for the ReverbDANCE Festival in 2015 (New York, USA) Performed by: Nukuto Chihiro, Mami Iida, Kayo Kuzushima, Ryoko Matsushita, Ai Hirooka, Yurika Fuku, Tomoyo Yamada, Moe Yokouchi, Fuka Matsubara, Tomomi Mishima, Natsumi Nishioka, Risako Iwatani, Kana Nakamura, Natsumi Nakajima Choreographed by: Tomoyo Yamada
Based on social expectations towards women in Japan, this piece illustrates the emotional conflict I felt moving to the country in my teens after spending my primary years in a western society. There is a famous saying in Japanese "Derukugi wa utareru" (The nail that sticks out gets hammered down). Any deviance is met with resistance, and "Femme Fasade" is an autobiographical piece facing challenges in an unfamiliar society and overcoming them. Performed by: Ai Hirooka, Moe Yokouchi, Tomoyo Yamada, Risako Iwatani, Fuka Matsubara, Natsumi Nishioka, Tomomi Mishima, Kana Nakamura, Chihiro Koyama, Cho Yuki, Kanoko Yamamoto, Akiyo Kuboto, Megumi Tsuchida Choreographed by: Tomoyo Yamada A selected work at The All Japan Dance Festival Kobe (Kobe, Japan) in 2014 Recreated by the students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Greensboro, USA) in 2016
A dance performance which explores the embodied energies and histories of abandoned objects - whether they are discarded due to malfunction, lost interest or are simply outdated. The work explores personal experiences of attachment, sentimentality and displacement in relationship to commodities and material objects. Choreographed by Tomoyo Yamada in collaboration with the dancers Dancers: Athena Lewis, Charlotte Telfer-Wan, Ana Daria Vieru Sound: Stefan Nazarevich Lighting: Qiana (Xiquing) Yang Stage Manager: Avery Taylor Visual Art: Caitlin Almond Supervisor: Judith Garay Special thank you to Natasha Dennison and Poorvi Shetty Documentation: Ash Tanasiychuk for VANDOCUMENT http://vandocument.com/