'Folk Dance Forms and the Future'
In September 2019, invited by the Japanese Integrated Dance Company Kyo, I embarked on a research project and contemporary performance outcome based on the folk dances KinyaMonya and ShigesaBushi, of the Japanese islands Oki, in the north of Japan.
I realized that that project could inform a model for how to bring folk dance forms into the future: ‘transitioning the tradition’, from ‘within’ - meaning from its source materials, so that the core of the original form remains intact.
The performance outcome took into consideration rhythms, movement, and spatial patterns, as well as, contextual elements: historical, geographical, and social.I initially looked at Western minimalist music techniques, as an interdisciplinary method.
The performance outcome was presented in the Theatre of Amacho island and at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, in February 2020.
During Covid-19, the J. Hodgson Theatre Research Trust supported me, to produce a reflective report on the project experience based on diary notes, observations, creative strategies, and a SOAS collaboration.
The report forms the basis towards a global methodology for researching folk dance forms into the future, I look forward to developing.