SIEF2021 15th Congress

Helsinki, Finland
19-24 June 2021

Breaking the rules? Power, participation, transgression

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SIEF2021 - Audio/visual programme

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Convenors: Anna Lisa Ramella (University of Cologne), Roger Norum (University of Oulu)

Audio/Visual Programme Selection Committee: Peter Crawford (University of Tromsø), Tom Dubois (University of Wisconsin Madison), Lotta Petronella (Independent filmmaker), Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka), Steffen Köhn (Freie Universität Berlin), Andy Lawrence (University of Manchester and, Fabian Lüke (University of Cologne), Moira Marklewitz (University of Cologne), Martin Saxer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), Anna-Céline Schäfer (University of Cologne), Theo Zerries (University of Cologne)

SESSION: Showing the Invisible

Wednesday 23 June
Roundtable discussion on this topic: 14:00-15:45

Odori ga umareru toki

(When Dance Springs)

2020 | 41’ | Japan
Irina Grigore, Yuki Yuko, Okumura Hanako

This film is about the life of Yuki Yuko who has been active as an internationally acclaimed dancer of Butoh (Japanese Avant-garde dance) for more than 50 years. In 1993, she moved in Aomori Prefecture, the northern end of mainland Japan, where she started to tune into the theme of snowy and cold winter and its effects on the body. The Mt. Iwaki region, which is also known for the archeological sites from Jomon period (BCE1000 -300) is rich in natural life and seasonal foliage vividly changes. Her dance pieces have been inspired by such cycles of nature, as in the film, they are depicted in the arriving and leaving of wild swans from/to Siberia, the dense forest and rapid narrows nearby her house, the insects in the garden and the snake on the bathtub. Her image of the body is an extension of her surroundings, and her dance is incessantly a becoming: a snake, a bug, a swan or an animal. Her dance techniques give the impression that even during a conversation or when having lunch she is continually dancing. Yuki Yuko sees that any movement and existence equals with dancing and the film attempts to express the intensity of her dance.


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