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VESSEL Europe Tour

2019. 2 April (Tue) - 15 May (Wed)

About VESSEL|VESSELについて

Damien Jalet has travelled the world, infusing his dance with images of the myths, religions, and rituals of each country that he visits, and reflecting the conflict between body and mind in the dance. Kohei Nawa explores materials and techniques through his sculptures and installations that communicate an organic world view while successfully combining image and materiality.

As the basic concept for this part of their collaborative project, Jalet and Nawa chose "vessel"—the background to everything that is subsumed by life and death, and the cycles of earth and life. Incorporating into the stage design a breadth of physical properties that extends to gases, liquids, and solids, they attempt to create a dynamic merger between the stage and the bodies of the dancers as they constantly transform their figures.

The distinctive "headless" poses hide the head, conferring anonymity by concealing gender and identity and hinting at the existence of some non-human entity. The world view painted by this sculptural dance transcends the genre of performing art, and bears the promise of further extension into different fields.

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世界各地を訪れ、その国の神話や土着的な信仰や儀礼などのイメージをダンスに取り入れ、肉体と精神の相克をダンスのなかに映し出してきたジャレと、様々な素材や技法を駆使し、イメージと物質性を両立させながら、有機的な世界観を彫刻やインスタレーションで表現してきた名和。
二人は本プロジェクトを通して、生と死、大地と生命の循環、その全てのバックグラウンドとなる「Vessel」(器|船)を本作品の基本概念と位置づけ、気体・液体・固体に至る物性の幅を有する舞台美術と、動的に「態」を変え続けるダンサーの肉体との融合に挑みます。
頭部を見せない「ヘッドレス」という特徴的なポーズは、性別や出自に匿名性を与え、人ではない「何か」の存在を示唆します。その彫刻的な身体表現を通して描かれる世界観は、舞台という一つのジャンルを超え、今後も様々なフィールドでの展開が期待されます。

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