Text: Akiko Inoue
French artist Christian Reso has many faces such as choreographer, artist, designer, musician, stage artist, and opera director. Most recently, he also curated the video exhibition "Are you there?" At the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and this time he worked on the composition, choreography, and stage art of the dance performed at the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater. I wonder if there are any people who are playing such a wide variety of activities in these days when the tendency toward specialization is increasing.
His first history of activities in Japan is the 2004 "Scenery Exhibition over Dance" at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery. The "100% Polyester-objet dansant á definer n ° 34 (100% polyester dancing object)" exhibited there was "two dresses with sleeves tied together, leaving the air flowing on the path lined with fans. "Swaying" is a work that can be called both an installation and a dance. I think that such a conceptual and cross-genre multi-faceted work was also demonstrated in this work.
By the way, the main theme of this dance performance is "Expulsion from the self with melancholy" .
You can see the digest and Reso's comments here.
As you can see from the video, the elements on the stage are dance, music, set, and lighting, and the set is only a rectangular box. There were stones, letters, backpacks, plants, books, etc. as props, and the box of the set was disassembled and changed its shape to subtly change the stage space.
While dance and music are constantly changing, Katie Olive's lighting creates a minimum of light and shadow. (It was very beautiful!)
When you step into the venue ...
Kerem is already sitting on a long box before the performance starts. It may be more appropriate to have a sad expression and to sit like a figurine.
According to the materials, he is wearing Reso's plain clothes. And by imitating the standing behavior, it is a kind of complicated meta structure that projects the former self on Kerem's body and realizes the physical expulsion of oneself by looking at it as an object. As a spectator, there may have been a way of enjoying watching while being aware of the existence of Kerem on the stage and Reso in the audience.
A wide variety of sounds, such as noise, club music, Indian music, and harmony music, sometimes sway left and right, and sometimes separate music overlaps and synchronizes with a dance in which multiple sequences are continuous without division. To go. Sometimes I could hear music from the backpack, and the use of spatial sounds was impressive, and I felt that my consciousness was dancing just by following the sounds.
And the HERE characters placed on the stage by Kerem himself.
This will be a spoiler, but in the end, "T" will be added to it and it will become "THERE". I think the ending that expresses the physical or mental distance in just one letter is excellent. Then, on the stage, "smells like teen spirit" by Nirvana, an anthem of the 90's covered by a melancholic female voice at a slow tempo, echoes, leaving a lingering curtain.
Kurt Cobain's lyrics continue to echo in my head even after the performance.
The 55-minute solo dance was quick.
By the way, the title of this dance performance, "Sakinan Göze Çöp Batar" (it is the eyes of the guardian who is being scooped out) is a Turkish saying. When I asked an acquaintance living in Turkey, the literal translation was "garbage falls into my careful eyes," which means that only the things I cherish will suffer disasters. The title was proposed by dancer Kerem himself.
Watching a work always gives me an opportunity to think about something important to someone.
And this time, I would like to conclude my report by thanking you for witnessing this precious opportunity as one of the programs of Yokohama France Month that ended with great success.