Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Un Yamada’s multi-faceted imagination Using the body as a medium
Un Yamada (choreographer, dancer)
Coming from a background of training in apparatus gymnastics, ballet and butoh, Un Yamada has become an artist who uses music, art, literature, fashion, gender and the varied bodies of people with no dance experience as resources for creating dance that is rich in wit. Running against the grain in Japan’s contemporary dance scene where solo or duo pieces are the norm, she formed her own company Co. Un Yamada in 2002 and has worked ambitiously to present group pieces performed by her company members. She also undertakes challenging solo activities such as her highly experimental 2011 work
, bringing to the stage impressions from the book of the same name by Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. In 2013 she is doing a restaging of that work, a new work with her company using Stravinsky’s ballet music
The Rite of Spring
a collaboration with Rosas artist Fumiyo Ikeda that will tour internationally and other projects that combine to bring expectations for new developments in Yamada’s career. In this interview we explore the creative dance world that Yamada has created while dealing with the connective tissue rheumatic disease that has afflicted her since childhood.
Interviewer: Takao Norikoshi (dance critic)