Recent Choreographic works
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Stuck in 2020
Stuck in 2020 is a short film that manifests feelings of isolation, and frustration, outcomes of our time in quarantine. Through movement, music, and set design we created a world that depicts what the year 2020 has meant to us. Clala Dance Project thanks all our collaborators, Canada Council of the Arts and The Dance Centre for their support. Credits: Choreographer and Director - Tomoyo Yamada Producer - Charlotte Telfer-Wan Assistant Producer and Rehearsal Director - Ana Daria Vieru Videographer - Sam Mason Set Designer - Troy McLellan Music created by Norasea Dancers/performers (in order of appearance): Charlotte Telfer-Wan Kestrel Paton Athena Lewis Jennifer Aoki
Friday Dinner: Tomoyo Yamada's MFA Project
Friday Dinner: Tomoyo Yamada's MFA Project November 27 – December 4, 2020 Friday Dinner is a choreographic compilation of everyday gestural movement and those found in codified dance forms. Using videotaped footage of dancers enjoying dinner, exchanging casual conversations and sharing childhood memories, we extracted natural gestural movement from the dancer’s bodies. These idiosyncratic gestures were then layered with dynamic, refined, and established dance movement often found in dance institutions and academia. Heavily relying on recorded dinner settings and interviews, the work unravels a complexity of movement and virtuosity of presence, highlighting the aesthetics of both trained and natural human movement and offering potential hybrids between these forms for contemporary performance. Created by Tomoyo Yamada Performers: Shion Skye Carter, Anja Graham, Kevin Locsin, Charlotte Telfer-Wan, and Brian Postalian. Sound: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi Lighting: Hans Hsieh and Claudia Chan Videography: Sam Mason and Bianca Cheung Costumes: Meagan Woods Special Thanks: Brian Palaschuk, Judith Garay, and Rob Kitsos Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree of Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University. This work will be presented and has been developed on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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embodied energies and histories of abandoned objects- whether discarded due to malfunction, lost of interest or simply outdated.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. 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/