HIBIKI [ LOINTAINE RÉSONANCE ] / creation 1998
Choreography Ushio Amagatsu
Performed by Sankai Juku
Walking, the simple form of walking: two people, staring straight ahead, walk slowly, in step, in the same direction. No need to indicate when to stop or when to move on together; no matter if there's more than two or if they move faster, it's the same thing.
No words, just a resonance, a dialogue between consciences.
The resonance bursts forth from tension, tension generated by a collision, two taut surfaces collide.
Yet, if one of them slackens, the other does so too, and the resonance disappears.
Apparently ontogenesis is like phylogenesis.
A one-month old foetus begins its metamorphosis, from fish to amphibian, from reptile to mammal.
The advent, which took place over several million of years during the Palaeozoic era, takes a human foetus but several days.
The noise of blood flowing through the womb of a mother sounds like the movement of waves.
This is the first resonance that we hear.
Mise en scène, chorégraphie, conception Ushio Amagatsu musique composée par Takashi Kako (composition piano, violoncelle chinois, koto) et Yoichiro Yoshikawa (composition synthétiseur) danseurs Ushio Amagatsu, Semimaru, Sho Takeuch,i Akihito Ichihara, Taiyo Tochiaki, Shoji Matsuo en tournée régie générale Kazuhiko Nakahara régie lumière Yukiko Yoshimoto régie son Junko Miyazaki régie décor Kiyonaga Matsushita assistant aux danseurs Ichiro Hasegawa coproduction Théâtre de la Ville/Paris, Université d'Iowa, Hancher Auditorium/USA, Biwako Hall Center for performing Arts/Shiga, Japon, Sankai Juku/Tokyo, Japon avec la collaboration du CNDC L'Esquisse/ Angers Ushio Amagatsu a reçu le Laurence Olivier Award 2001 pour Hibiki, meilleure production chorégraphique à Londres.
Video direction : Charles Picq
Production : Maison de la Danse
Durée de l'œuvre 1h25
Updating : march 2012
Director, Choreographer and Designer
He was born in Yokosuka,Japan in 1949 and founded Butoh company Sankai Juku in 1975. He created "Amagatsu Sho" (1977), "Kinkan Shonen" (1978), "Sholiba" (1979) before the first world tour in 1980. Since 1981, France and The Theatre de la Ville,Paris has become his places for creation and work and that year he created "Bakki" for Festival d'Avignon. The Theatre de la Ville, Paris he has created 14 productions since 1982.
Amagatsu also works independently outside Sankai Juku. In 1988 he created “Fushi” on the invitation of Jacob's Pillow Foundation, in the U.S., with music by Philip Glass. In 1989, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Spiral Hall in Tokyo where he directed “Apocalypse” (1989), and “Fifth-V” (1990). In February 1997, he directed the opera “Bluebeard's Castle” by Bartok's opera conducted by Peter Eotvos at Tokyo International Forum. In March 1998, at Opera National de Lyon, France, he directed Peter EOTVOS's opera “Three Sisters” (world premiere).
In March 2008, Amagatsu directed “Lady Sarashina,” Peter EOTVOS’s new opera at Opera National de Lyon (world premiere), and created two pieces: « Tobari - As if in an inexhaustible flux » and « Utsushi ». His last creations are « Kara・Mi - Two Flows » (2011) and « UMUSUNA - Memories before History » (premiered at Opera de Lyon, France).
Source : Sankai Juku 's website
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