Kono atari no dokoka
In 2005, French choreographer Martine Pisani and Japanese-Austrian performance-maker Michikazu Matsune met at Tanzquartier Wien. In the years that followed, their paths crossed from time to time. The artistic relationships between Matsune, Pisani and Pisani’s partner, the Dutch painter and performer Theo Kooijman, give rise to a question: What remains of dance once the show is over?
Archives, personal memories, shared anecdotes, and imaginations are all used to trace their activities through the 1980s and 1990s. Kono atari no dokoka (Somewhere around here) is a place at once far away and oh so close, with blurry yet familiar contours, a journey through time and space. From a Kobe beach to the port of Marseilles, from Paris to Vienna or somewhere else yet, a collective memory starts to appear between the lines of personal stories. Between beautifully simple poetry, humour and, above all, tenderness, they reconstruct what’s left of the past to form a composite present.
The project premiered at this year’s Festival d’Avignon and is accompanied by a publication consisting of archive material.
born in Kobe, Japan, has lived and worked in Vienna since the 1990s. At the crossroads between documentary and conceptual performance where poetry, humour, the absurd, and criticism meet, his work examines the relationship between identity and globalisation, action and language, public and private, as in Goodbye (2016), All Together (2018), or Mitsouko & Mitsuko (2021). Matsune teaches performance practice and is a visiting tutor at the University of Arts Linz and Iceland University of the Arts. He is currently part of the Mentoring Programme of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
born in Marseille, has been working as a choreographer in Paris since the 1980s. She founded the Compagnie du Solitaire in 1992 and has created over twenty shows, such as Le grand combat (1993), sans (2000), Undated (2017), and Bouillir le vide, un récital (2020). Her group piece Slow Down was shown at Tanzquartier Wien in 2005. Her playful and poetic world, far from all formalism, examines the relevance of movement and the artifices of performance. She lives near Paris with Dutch painter and performer Theo Kooijman, who has worked as a dancer, assistant, and set designer within the company since its foundation.
Concept Michikazu Matsune in dialogue with Martine Pisani. Based on the early works by Martine Pisani With Theo Kooijman, Michikazu Matsune, Martine Pisani Light Ludovic Rivière Video Michikazu Matsune, Maximillian Pramatarov Artistic feedback Miwa Negoro, Ludovic Rivière, Anne Lenglet Video operation Anne Lenglet Translation, proofreading Marion Schwartz, Brian Haman Surtitles Vienna Simona Weber Publication concept Michikazu Matsune, Miwa Negoro Publication design Aki Namba Video documentation Markus Gradwohl Management Franziska Zaida Schrammel, Frauke Niemann Production Studio Matsune, La compagnie du solitaire Coproduction Festival d’Avignon, Tanzquartier Wien, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, fabrik Potsdam, SPRING Performing Arts Festival Utrecht With the support of La Briqueterie Centre de développement chorégraphique national, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Centre national de la danse (Pantin) Funded by the Ministère de la Culture Drac Île-de-France, the Municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports, the Austrian Cultural Forum Paris, Fonds Transfabrik (France, Germany) and ONDA – The French office for contemporary performing arts circulation Creation for Festival d’Avignon 2023