Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Masako Yasumoto’s World of Dance
Realms that can only be reached through dance
Masako Yasumoto (dancer, choreographer)
Masako Yasumoto is a dancer whose journeys through lands from Southeast Asia to Africa have shaped her unique physicality and movement; and she is also one who feels free to venture into the world of entertainment as well. After giving birth in 2009, she moved to Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu in 2012. After presenting a work Zekko Waruko, PON in 2012, Yasumoto spent some time away from dance to devote herself to child rearing. She made a comeback in 2017 with a work titled ColaCola (Children + Parents) based on that experience. Under the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions of 2020, she released her new work Zenjido Bonnozuizuizu (literally: “Full Automatic Worldly Desires”), in which eight dancers perform wildly to the sounds of Gamelan music. This interview seeks to reveal Yasumoto’s realm of expression that she feels can only be reached through dance.
Interview: Takao Norikoshi [dance critic]