Devised by Damien Jalet and Kohei Nawa , the project of Vessel started during a common residency at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto in 2015 and comes from a shared desire to create a symbiotic work between sculpture and choreography, where it becomes impossible to separate one from the other. Taking as a starting point the contradictions of the body, between regeneration and decay, between solid and liquid, between anatomy and mythology, they created, with a group of seven dancers, a captivating and visually stunning work scored by composer Marihiko Hara.
Kohei Nawa explores materials and techniques through his sculptures and installations that communicate an organic world view while successfully combining image and materiality.
Damien Jalet has travelled the world, infusing his dance with images of the myths, religions, and rituals of each country that he visits, and reflecting the conflict between body and mind in the dance.
As the basic concept for this part of their collaborative project, Nawa and Jalet chose “vessel”—the background to everything that is subsumed by life and death, and the cycles of earth and life. Incorporating into the stage design a breadth of physical properties that extends to gases, liquids, and solids, they attempt to create a dynamic merger between the stage and the bodies of the dancers as they constantly transform their figures.
The distinctive “headless” poses hide the head, conferring anonymity by concealing gender and identity and hinting at the existence of some non-human entity. The world view painted by this sculptural dance transcends the genre of performing art, and bears the promise of further extension into different fields.
Marihiko Hara, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Aimilios Arapoglou, Mirai Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Asai, Jun Morii, Mayumu Minakawa, Ruri Mitoh, Naoko Tozawa
Work in Progress: Jul 2015 at Creative Center Osaka (Japan)
Premiere: Sep 2016 at ROHM Theatre (Kyoto, Japan)