Artist Interview アーティストインタビュー
Kedagoro Dance to confront real cases
The Passion of Reisa Shimojima
Reisa Shimojima (born 1992) is a choreographer and dancer who leads the dance company Kedagoro, known for presenting works based on things like actual incidents of the past. Among Shimojima’s works are Sky (premiered 2018, dealing with the madness and conformity pressures within extremist groups such as the Aum Shinrikyo cult and the United Red Army (Rengo Sekigun) which eventually led to numerous murders), Because Kazcause (premiered 2021, based on the case of Kazuko Fukuda, who was wanted for murder and evaded being arrested until just before the statute of limitations deadline), and others, as well as her latest work, Sewol (premiered 2022), in which she deals with the disastrous sinking of MV Sewol that caused many casualties. The Kedagoro productions, with their impressive and often rigorous motion performed by members, many of whom have never studied dance, and wearing things like disposable diapers as costumes, are now attracting attention from overseas as well. In this long interview we seek to reveal the passion of the artist Shimojima, who has said that more than creating dance works, she is interested in the community that can be born from dance.
Interviewer: Takao Norikoshi (dance critic)