Do.Not.A.Void

Japan Tour by artists Ryuzo Fukuhara and Gregor Kamnikar between 1 st Feb and 25 th Feb 2011. The tour comprises of a premiere, performances, workshops and open discussions.


-to present and share the work of Ryuzo, Gregor and four-year project “Ecollectiv” (“Tkolektivnos”) devised by Collective Federacija & core members of the “Ecollectiv” project
-to meet Japanese artists and collectives to experience, discuss and share their work
-and, last but not least,to make a next step in creating conditions for intense collaboration between European and Japanese artists.
Tour organized by Ryuzo Fukuhara
Production: Ryuzo Fukuhara and Gregor Kamnikar
Co-production: Federacija
Ryuzo Fukuhara / +38640290933 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / http://www.geocities.jp/ryuzodance/
Gregor Kamnikar / +38640226981 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / skype:anedabo / twitter:gregorkamnikar
Federacija / Jarska cesta 14 / 1000 Ljubljana / Slovenia / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / www.federacija.net
Wakayama Modern Art Museum http://www.bijyutu.wakayama-c.ed.jp/
Feb 3rd
“A.Void.”
the (world) premiere
A site-specific duet
Conceived, choreographed and performed by Ryuzo Fukuhara and Gregor Kamnikar based on Samuel Beckett’s text Worstward Ho
Arranged by NPO Wakayama Arts and Culture Support Society

Atelier Funan in Awaji Island http://blog.fuunan.net/
Feb 4th
“39” solo by Gregor Kamnikar, 14th of 39 performances of solo “39”
“To Funan” solo by Ryuzo Fukuhara

Fukuoka Fringe Dance Festival
http://d-codex.jugem.jp/
Feb 6th
“39” solo by Gregor Kamnikar, 15th of 39 performances of solo “39”
“No interior” solo by Ryuzo Fukuhara

Yokohama Collection EX Showcase Dance http://www.yokohama-dance-collection-r.jp/jp/index.php
Feb 11th “A.Void.” a duet by Ryuzo Fukuhara and Gregor Kamnikar
Feb 11th Roundtable meeting with visiting Directors
Feb 12th International Symposium

Workshop at High schools 
based on Ecollectiv project devised by Collective Federacija (Snjezana Premus, Andreja Podrzavnik, Gregor Kamnikar) and core members of Ecollective project Kaja Lorenci, Maja Dekleva Lapajne and Ryuzo Fukuhara
Feb 9th Yokohama Ouyou high school
Feb 14th Tsurumi Sogo high school

Yokohama We Dance Forum Fringe http://www.wedance.jp/2011/
Feb 15th (Day 1) Open discussion with Zan Yamashita about the workshop
Feb 16th (Day 2) Method Exchange Session working with Natsuko Tezuka, Toshinori Okada, Zan Yamashita

Echigo Tsumari Snow Festival
http://www.tsumari-artfield.com/dappi/
Feb 20th
“39” solo by Gregor Kamnikar, 16th of 39 performances of solo “39”
“Snow” solo by Ryuzo Fukuhara

Tokyo Nakano “Raft”
http://raftspace.exblog.jp/15413384/
Feb 22 workshop led by Gregor based on “Ecollectiv” project devised by Collective Federacija (Snjezana Premus, Andreja Podrzavnik, Gregor Kamnikar) and core members of Ecollective project Kaja Lorenci, Maja Dekleva Lapajne and Ryuzo Fukuhara
Feb 23 double-bill performance
“No interior” solo by Ryuzo Fukuhara
“39” solo by Gregor Kamnikar, 17th of 39 performances of solo “39”

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This the video of premiere of A.Void. performance at Wakayama Modern Art Museum.

This video was taken in Yokohama Dance Collection EX in February 2011

This time my stage fright was not as big as the first time when we had workshop at Yokohama Ouyou High School. The school looked quite similar to the one in Ouyou. Interesting is why I expected the schools to look different.

Anyway the structure of workshop was actually the same, we just adjusted with Ryuzo few things to the fact that this is a theatre class rather then dance class.

The workshop turned up ok and functional for the needs of the girls, teacher and school. Both workshops sparkled ideas to develop and widen such collaboration. To me came the idea that actually we could develop similar thing in high schools with the project Ecollectiv. We could give workshops in couples in different schools the whole season through. This of course requires quite an organization and lobbying. Nonetheless it is an idea.

Major difference between Ouyou and Tsurumi high school workshop is that at Ouyou girls do this as extra curriculum and girls at Tsurumi do this course as obligatory curriculum. The atmosphere is accordingly different in that girls at Tsurumi were waiting for us to impress them and then they would be willing to collaborate more actively.

The surprise that was waiting for us was that a (female) ambassador of Slovenia her excellency Helena Drnovšek Zorko payed a visit to the high school to meet girls and us at the workshop. She expressed an admiration that a Japanese artist (ok to be correct an artist with Japanese citizenship) living in Slovenia and  Slovenian artist have a workshop at Japanese High School. This is quite a peculiar thing and sure I will meet with to find out more about Embassy's interest into such Slovenian endeavour.

Slowly a wish is growing in me to know the language. Ryuzo does excellent job in translating, but there are situations that require a personal approach. So I bought myself a book to learn some Japanese. Of course not for now to learn Japanese fluently, but for the next time since there will be next time for Japan.

Everything counts. That would be yesterdays sum-up for me. I enjoy the fluid and playful communication we have with Ryuzo. That is an important corner stone of the work we do, ie A.Void. To say the least, I feel weird in this project. We did it three times (Wakayama once, Yokohama twice). Describe weird, Gregor. I enjoy performing it and I enjoy performing it with Ryuzo. I reckon tasks we have given to ourselves. And I do go into practice mode.

Why should one write about what happened? Especially of the event that roots in practice? And it takes performance as a one way to practice dance. So better write about practice. Practice of what? Practice of dance. Practice is not an opposite of theorizing. In includes theorizing. This way it enables one to practice also theory, their supposed complimentation and opposition.

Improvisation is exploration came to me in the workshop we had in Yokohama Ouyou High School and you can read about it more here.

I find term improvisation more and more important to work on since its amazing aura. More you are involved into what is improvisation, less you want to use the term. I find that extremely good way to keep improvisation or any term alive. To have in its usage already a paradoxical, controversial elements. It always propels me to define it for me in the moment, it shoots me right into the heart of the improvisation which is still unfathomable, and best articulated by doing.

I had quite stage fright while preparing the workshop for Yokohama Ouyou High School with Ryuzo yesterday. And as I entered the room, it was gone. I was present. And off we went.

There were 12 girls aged 16 to 18 part of theatre and dance club that mostly work on their own in style of hip-hop.

So we are in Yokohama. I just learned a new thing about blogging: not to write text online. I just deleted the whole thing. I am sure it is still somewhere in the comp, but alas I have no approach to it.

The fervour of previous writing is gone, so here I go anew.

world premiere of the performance
by Ryuzo Fukuhara and Gregor Kamnikar

February 3rd 2011 at 2pm
Wakayama Modern Art Museum, Wakayama, Japan

Conceived, choreographed, performed and produced by Ryuzo Fukuhara and Gregor Kamnikar
Accompanied by Samuel Beckett’s text “Worstward Ho” in mistranslation
Coproduction: NPO Wakayama Arts and Culture Support Society (Japan), Federacija (Slovenia)

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