The concept of ENGI-MON is to incorporate Japanese traditional dance, called "Bon-dance" into the public art performance. It has been believed in Japan that each year during "Bon", the ancestors' spirits return to this world, to visit their relatives. "Bon-dance" is still widely performed by every generation during this event in a variety of forms. For this project, we interpret "Bon-dance" as a way of communication, and recreate it more contemporary and borderless, so that everyone who joins our "Bon-dance" can experience the Japanese tradition through body, and also be connected with each other.
Our new interpretation of "Bon-dance", which is titled ENGI-MON, is a parade style performance piece featuring the collective of musicians, Junmakidou, who revives a Japan's old style marching performance "ChindonL, the original costume characters of Bodhidharma which is traditionally loved by Japanese as a talisman, and Butoh dancer Dai Matsuoka and contemporary ballet dancer Sato Oikawa. ENGI-MON invites the local people to be part of the piece, and some parts of choreography are made on site in a way that the local people can join easily and feel intimate with the movements.
We would like to bring this project to PQ and share it in a open environment with as many local people as possible, so that people can get a sense of how Japanese people have commemorated ancestors’ spirits through the performing arts, and how it can be related with the history and culture of Prague.
9 – 10 June 21:30
Director: Daijiro Kawakami
Co-Director/Choreographer/Performer: Dai Matsuoka
Performer: Sato Oikawa
Performer: Kennosuke Sagawa
Musician: Aya Suzuki
Character Design: Yukashi Sano
Character Design: Hato
Costume: Chiaki Nishikawa
Technical Manager: Hideaki Ikemori
Project Manager: Takafumi Sakiyama
Photographer: Chiye Namegai
Maki Sumi, Satoko Tsujimura, Takuya Isomura
Artists Scale Laboratory
09 06 2019 21:30
Where PEG 6
10 06 2019 21:30
Where PEG 4