Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Nihon Buyo × Ballet × Theater
The seamless world of Ayane Nakagawa
The leader of a dance company with the unique name of Suichu-Megane∞ (underwater goggles∞), Ayane Nakagawa (b. 1991) was the winner of three awards (the Jury Prize, French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer, and the studio ARCHITANZ Artist Support Prize) in Yokohama Dance Collection 2021 for her work my choice, my body, in which she danced wearing a Noh mask. Having studied ballet and Nihon Buyo (Japanese traditional dance) from early childhood, Nakagawa went on to major in theater at university. In this long interview, we look at this artist who has become the focus of great expectations for her unique creations with a fresh new sensibility in the context of Japanese contemporary dance, a genre which has often been cited as a divergence from traditional Japanese dance.
Interviewer: Takao Norikoshi (dance critic)