INTERNATIONAL DANCE CRUSH
OBLIVION | MARI OSANAI

INTERNATIONAL DANCE CRUSH

OBLIVION

MARI OSANAI WITH DESIGNER

SHOHEI YAMASHITA (JAPAN)

OCTOBER 25 & 26 | 8 P.M.

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This work Oblivion was born in 2018 in atelier of theater company Watanabe Genshiro Shoten in Aomori Japan with works of art by Shohei Yamashita. Where universe was also mother’s womb.

“I wore a mask which made me nobody. I become free. A tightly closed mind is opened. From there something flows, warmly and coldly, into the body. The cells dissolve into flows, then vaporize and scatter.”-Mari Osanai June 2019

Osanai’s post-butoh dance transforms space and time in a deep ritual of embodiment. She has been touring North America and performing this piece as a solo production featuring masks, doll stage art, and lighting design created with visual artist Shohei Yamashita who will be traveling to Edmonton from Japan exclusively for this show.

“Mari’s movement is fluid like water, and her effect on viewers is incredibly positive and emotional,” says Gerry Morita, Artistic Director of MZD.  “We are thrilled to have her and Shohei in Edmonton next month. Edmontonians are in for a treat.”

Osanai’s heightened awareness of gravity’s influence on the body and her deep connection with the natural world is based on her technique of Noguchi Taiso—a form of physical training that supports new ways of movement to improve efficiency while letting go of unnecessary tensions. The performance also interweaves dance styles such as ballet, modern dance, jazz, Tai Chi, and traditional folk dance.

Joined by SHOHEI YAMASHITA, a writer, illustrator, and stage artist who plays an active role across many fields. His style regardless of genre, demonstrates a new direction in the modern world of art, swinging between modern art and commercial design.

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CREDITS

Choreography  – Mari Osanai

Dancers – Mari Osanai, Gerry Morita.

Mask, doll stage art and lighting design –  Shohei Yamashita.

Sound – arranged by Hisashi Sugiura.

Special thanks for Chinatsu Kudo, Seigo Hatazawa and Theater company Watanabe Genshiro Shoten.