Choreographer Sioned Huws was our artist in residence in December 2011. She dedicated her residency to translating into words her experience choreographing as part of the Aomori Project. The residency gave her the opportunity to work with writer and editor, Siân Melangell Dafydd, producing a trilingual text in Welsh, Japanese and English.
The Aomori Project, is an ongoing performance and research project since 2008, featuring dancers, musicians and singers from northern Japan, Wales, the UK and Europe.
Aomori is a prefecture of Japan in the region of Tsugaru, at the Northern most tip of Honshu Island, with long arctic winters. The repetitive silent snowfall has no compassion; in these extreme situations the body adapts to the environment.
The collaboration between dancer Reina Kimura (who first came to Wales's Chapter Arts Centre for the Aomori Project in 2008) and choreographer Sioned Huws continues, as they push and test the capacity of a dancer’s movement memory, where choreography is balanced on a fine line — the fine line of order, which can easily tip into chaos. Repetition always poses a threat of disorientation; counting a beat or pulse is a devised system of survival. Over a duration of physical endurance, repetition becomes an emotive containment.
Launch event details
The book and CD which resulted from the project and residency is launched on Thursday the 7th of June, 6-8pm, Japan Room at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
There is also an opportunity to view a live performance at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on Saturday the 9th of June.
The tour and publication is supported by Wales Arts International, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Chapter, ARTizan, Aomori, Joshibi University of Art & Design, Tokyo, Tŷ Newydd, Translators' House Wales, Wales Literature Exchange, Greenwich Dance.
Made possible with funding from The Saison Foundation + EU Japan Fest Japan Committee, Arts Council of Wales, The National Lottery Wales, Welsh Assembly, The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation.